Richard Nixon couldn’t sleep. Four days after the shootings in Kent State, the President sat in the living room next to the Lincoln Room, listening to a concerto by Rachmaninov on his record player.

With dawn still at two o’clock, Nixon looked into the darkness where the protesters were already gathering around the Washington Monument. The massive demonstration against the Vietnam War and the bloodshed in Kent State later today had turned the White House into a fortress. Two rings of city buses parked bumper against bumper surrounded the manor and the 82nd Airborne was parked in the adjacent administrative building.

Already on alert, a secret service agent was surprised when he noticed a dark figure in a jacket and tie wandering outside the White House at 4:35 am “The searchlight is on the lawn!” it has radio, using the code name of Nixon.

The agent became even more alarmed when the president asked for his limousine and left the White House to speak to anti-war protesters. What followed was one of the most bizarre episodes in presidential history, emblematic of an increasingly erratic president leading a country to the limit.


By Vanniyar Adrian

Vanniyar Adrian is a seasoned journalist with a passion for uncovering stories that resonate with readers worldwide. With a keen eye for detail and a commitment to journalistic integrity, Ganesan has contributed to the media landscape for over a decade, covering a diverse range of topics including politics, technology, culture, and human interest stories.