Posted on July 16, 2012
Julie Nixon, the second daughter of Richard Nixon, and David Eisenhower, the grandson of Dwight Eisenhower, at their wedding on December 22nd, 1968.
This wedding was a political gem for Richard Nixon, besides being a really big moment in his life as a father. Nixon was going to be sworn in as President in a month as the victor of one of the closest Presidential elections in history. He really needed an extra boost to assure the country that he was going to be a good President. His main platform as a candidate had been his promise to restore “law and order” to the country, which was being torn apart by the Vietnam War and all the cultural upheaval going on. And this wedding was that extra boost. It tied him more closely to the reigning Republican of people’s hearts, Dwight Eisenhower, even though Nixon was Eisenhower’s vice president. It associated Nixon with the calmness American people familiarized the Eisenhower administration with. And the American people were dying for some calmness (well at least the ones who voted for Nixon were).
And come on, what a super cute political love story! Two kids who grew up around the most powerful position in the world getting married. So cute!