President's Day: Who is Modern History's 'Most L.A.' U.S. President?
A time to celebrate our favorite dead guys (at least the ones we can remember), bask in the glow of our empty mailboxes, and congratulate our overpaid, federal-job-having relatives for finagling yet another day without work at our expense.
But what it's really about is history: Recognizing American leadership. To that end, we bring you the most-L.A. presidents of modern times:
Nixon hits those white keys in Beverly Hills in 1962.
Richard Nixon was an Orange County boy -- and the only president we know of born in California -- and he owed much of his political rise to the good ole' Los Angeles Times, which threw its clout his way, without shame, until Otis Chanlder rose to become publisher and helped the paper pile on during Watergate. After that the Times wouldn't have him to kick around (or prop up) anymore.
Nixon also called his home-away-from-the-Whitehouse the Western Whitehouse, or more regionally appropriate, La Casa Pacifica, a residence by the sea in modern day San Clemente.
Of course, Nixon wasn't quite as L.A. as ...