Can Democracy Save the Presidency?

Old magazines trigger memories of Nixon’s downfall.

First Lady Pat Nixon and her daughter, Trisha, listen as President Nixon resigns. Photo: Nancy Peckenham

I was dumping papers into a bin at the public recycling center in Anchorage, Alaska, when I spied a faded Life magazine promising the photos of 1974. On the cover, Trish and Pat Nixon looked prayerful and Patty Hearst wielded a machine gun. I was curious and opened it up.