Nixon at 100: Playing Piano on Paar

Richard Nixon taps the ivories for Jack Paar in part 4 of Swampland's 5 part series this week, as TIME celebrates the anniversary of Richard Nixon's 100th birthday with his most memorable moments.

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Nixon’s 1963 appearance on “The Jack Paar Program” restored his public image after losing the California gubernatorial election (“You don’t have Nixon to kick around anymore”) the previous year.  Paar, who graced the cover of TIME Magazine in 1958, hired “15 Democratic violinists” to accompany Nixon’s piano performance, during which Nixon played an original tune.  Watch below to see why TIME named Nixon one of the Top Ten Performing Politicians: