On Nov.17, 1973, President Richard Nixon traveled to Walt Disney World in Orlando in hopes of squashing the Watergate scandal. The Magic Kingdom turned into the Tragic Kingdom for the president as he delivered his most infamous sound bite.

Nixon addressed the annual convention of the Associated Press Managing Editors Association, which included a live televised question-and-answer session with the president. In response to a question Nixon said: “… people have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook.”

But evidence was mounting to the contrary. Four days after Nixon’s Orlando press conference, the Washington Post reported that there was a mysterious 18.5 minute blank in secret Oval Office tapes Nixon surrendered to a U.S. Senate committee. The blank occurred during an Oval Office conversation on June 20, 1972 (three days after the Watergate break-in) between Nixon and his chief of staff Bob Haldeman.

Within a year of his Orlando speech, Nixon would resign from office.

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