13. Richard Nixon Calls It a Comeback
Highest Office Held: President of the United States
Say what you will about Dick Nixon, but the man had balls. Most men would stay home, tail planted firmly between legs, after being given a full pardon for their crimes without having to provide the slightest admission of guilt. Nixon is not most men.
In December of 1974, only five months after his resignation, Nixon began planning his comeback. The country wasn't about to have that. Nixon found himself largely shunned when he approached the public eye: He had a trip to Australia blocked by the Carter administration, and was ignored by American diplomats on a trip to the U.K. Nixon remained steadfast in his belief that history would be kind to him. Though things did eventually improve a bit for Nixon, as he came to be regarded as a well-traveled elder statesman, his past sins were never fully forgiven.