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News 40 years ago today: President Nixon leaves the White House

  1. Aug 9, 2014 #1

    jtbell

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    I would have been 15 years old. I remember him flying away, but not much else. I remember he'd said he wasn't a crook. Which I believe, we found out he was. Though, I suppose, by today's standards of politicians, he should be considered a saint. :rolleyes:
     
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    No, he was a crook even by today's standards.
     
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    Some of my ultra-conservative friends until very recently still defended Nixon.

    But - when i observed
    Nixon ended the gold standard, deregulated the banks, and facilitated international movement of capital
    http://www.herinst.org/BusinessManagedDemocracy/government/international/deregulation.html
    he created the EPA
    http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2010/12/gallery-why-nixon-created-the-epa/67351/ Dec 2, 2010
    and, to antagonize the Russians he started relations with China..
    http://usforeignpolicy.about.com/od/asia/a/Nixon-Goes-To-China.htm
    Suddenly he's to blame for all that ails the country. :wink:
     
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    Not owning one, I bought a small TV just to witness his resignation. I'll never forget the last words he said on TV as President:

    "those who hate you don't win, unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself."
     
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    Nixon was definitely one of our most intriguing Presidents. He's even the only one to have had an opera written about him, as far as I know: John Adams's Nixon in China (1987).

     
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    I was home from college in the summer of 1973, feeling sorry for myself for missing the most important witnesses in the Senate Watergate Hearings. These had started in May, and that year I had fairly intense end-of the year studying and finals. I watched a procession of minor officials appear before the committee in July, in our family living room. I was watching as one of these boring "little fish," named Butterfield, mentioned calmly that every conversation in the oval office had been taped. I couldn't believe it! Senator Sam Irvin asked again and again. All hell broke loose and the rest of the summer was dynamite!
     
  10. Aug 10, 2014 #9

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    The man who revealed the Nixon tapes (Washington Post, 2012)

    I didn't see his testimony live, but I certainly remember what a bombshell it was.

    And then there was the 18.5 minute gap in the tape during a crucial Watergate-related meeting. Nixon's secretary Rose Mary Woods claimed that she had accidentally erased the tape while transcribing it, and demonstrated how it might have happened, leading to jokes about the "Rose Mary stretch".
     
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    Don't forget wage and price controls.
     
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    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/power-p...pes-40-years-after-resignation-180150338.html
    I seem to remember something about cash in safe in the Oval office with which he paid off people who did illegal things - such as the break-in at the DNC headquarters at the Watergate hotel.

    I was doing a summer program in Electrical and Nuclear Engineering at Colorado School of Mines between 11th and 12th grade. We were busy with studies and weekend visits to state and national parks, and sites like the Museum of Natural History in Denver. We caught bits and pieces of the news from others, and then heard about the resignation. On one of tricks, we encountered some back country hikers, who were surprised to learn that Nixon had resigned.
     
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    The tapes were the turning point.

    As for Alexander Butterfield, "Among his responsibilities was the setting of Nixon's schedule and the maintenance of his historical records, which included the operations of the secret taping system which Nixon had installed in the White House."
    From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Butterfield
     
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