Nixon – The Next Four Years – January 8, 1973

It all looked good on paper, until a few things bubbled to the surface.

It all looked good on paper, until a few things bubbled to the surface.

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – CBS – Correspondents Report – The Next Four Years – January 8. 1973 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

On this January 8th in 1973, we were contemplating what the next four years of a Nixon Administration was going to be like. Having won his second term, Richard Nixon was expected to continue what he set out to do in 1969.

This discussion from CBS News, featured Walter Cronkite, Eric Sevareid, Charles Collingwood and Daniel Schorr, all giving observations on what the next four years of a Nixon Administration was going to look like.

Few probably realized at the time that Watergate was going to blow up into the all-pervasive scandal it was headed to. It’s only given minor mention in favor of discussing the continued gutting of Johnson-era Great Society programs and the Vietnam War along with the continuing role of Henry Kissinger as Secretary of State. Important points and issues, and in January the bombshells hadn’t dropped yet. 1973 was a crucial time and a time the American people depended on leadership to get through more than a few minefields the 70s had to offer. Which is most likely why Watergate was such an intense blow to the nation’s emotional well-being; why it’s often been called America’s Great National Nervous Breakdown.

Ah, the 70s.

Here is that discussion as presented on January 8, 1973 by CBS News.

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