richard2nixon - 1/10

a play by Balázs R Suda
based on William Shakespeare's King Richard II

King Richard II and President Richard Nixon had to face the very same problems after coming to power. They were weak; each had strong opposition, and inherited a war from the previous leader that they could not put to an end. Moreover, their financial resources were more than limited. Although each had a powerful mentor on his side—John of Gaunt and Henry Kissinger—they ventured into semi-legal machinations in order to reassert their positions. Unfortunately, these manoeuvres did not work out well, and the two leaders were unable to cover up the ensuing scandals which ultimately led to their abdication and resignation—which happened for the first time in the history of both England and the United States.

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