President Nixon's Ill-Fated White House Palace Uniforms

By Kellar Ellsworth
Richard Nixon celebrating his presidential victory in Paoli, PA. (Wikimedia Commons).

When Richard Nixon took the Oval Office in 1969, he decided the White House uniformed Guard desperately needed a makeover. The 37th President came to this conclusion after making diplomatic trips to the UK, Indonesia, India, and Iran among others. In his estimation, the White House Secret Service uniformed division looked “slovenly,” in comparison to other countries.

Therefore, Nixon ordered fresh uniforms based on the outfits of the West German police officers. So what was the reaction to these palace guard uniforms and how do Alice Cooper and a high school marching band in Iowa figure into this trivial tale?

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