I’m trying to get back on track with my goal to draw every president and eventually have an art show. To date I have drawn Eisenhower, Kennedy, Obama, and now Nixon. His face is one that I’ve always found difficult, and I have drawn it at least 6 times before finally getting a final piece that I am happy to present.
Incidentally, at the time of drawing this portrait there has been heaps of allegations comparing President Obama to Nixon. I’m hard-pressed to find the link. Let’s take into consideration a key difference, being that the bugging of the DNC’s phones was initiated by Nixon and his associates, while President Obama’s alleged scandals were (depending on which one) initiated by rogue employees in agenies out of his control or carried over from past administrations and put into his oversight. Moreover, every Presidential Administration leaves office with it’s signature scandals. George W. Bush had “Lawyergate,” Bill Clinton had his love for women who looked like they were edited out of Reservoir Dogs, Ronald Reagan had Iran-Contra, and so on. Even Nixon’s predecessor, Gerald Ford, had to testify in front of Congress about the alleged scandal to pardon Nixon.
A more apt link between Richard Nixon and President Obama would not be in scandals but rather by comparing theaters of war. When Nixon came into office in 1969, he was tasked with ending the very unpopular war that he inherited (sound familiar) in Vietnam. Instead, in 1970 Nixon pointed off into the distance and shouted “What’s that?” While the nations head was turned, he approved the invasion of Cambodia with American and South Vietnamese troops. If you swapped the words “Vietnam,” “Cambodia,” and “American and South Vietnamese troops” with “Iraq,” “Pakistan,” and “drones,” you would have a series of events that could mirror the Obama Administrations approach to the War on Terror.