My favorite Nixon story is how the Secretary Of Defence and Kissinger (what about VP
Ford?) had to get their heads together and tell the military to check in with them if the President (who at this time was immersed in Watergate) gave them any unusual instructions.
Nixon's drunken ramblings to Kissinger, including comments that "we've gotta nuke 'em Henry" triggered this.
Of course in the 50's when Tricky Dicky was VP
, Eisenhower tolerated him by giving him even less to do than normal VP
's, he could read Nixon's character and did not like what he saw, however he was deemed to be good with the public and a younger face was seen to be needed in this Administration.