Around 4 a.m. on May 9, 1970, President Richard
Nixon decided to visit a group of young protesters camped out at the memorial.
They were protesting the shootings at Kent State University, where four
students had been killed by the National Guard five days earlier. In 2011, the Nixon Presidential Library released
tapes of Nixon describing his interaction with the bleary-eyed protesters: "I
hoped that their hatred of the war, which I could well understand, would not
turn into a bitter hatred of our whole system, our country and everything that
it stood for," Nixon said
on the tape. "I said, I know you, that probably most of you think I'm
an SOB. But I want you to know that I understand just how you feel."
Here, Nixon talks with Barbara Hirsch, 24,
of Cleveland, Ohio, left, and Lauree Moss, of Detroit, Mich.