Saturday, November 12, 2011

Quote of the Day

"I am not unaware of the fact that the great majority of the people working in the Special Prosecutor's Office did not support me for president. So if I could give one last bit of advice: taking the double standard is going to make you much more popular with the Washington press corps, with the Georgetown social set, if you ever go to Georgetown, with the power elite in this country. But on the other hand, think of your children — they are going to judge you in the pages of history." - Richard Nixon, newly released grand jury testimony, June 24, 1975.
It's fascinating that Nixon, having been leader of the free world, did not consider himself part of the power-elite in the country. That he would even reference a power-elite is more incredible.

Runner up quote of the day, same testimony (and classic Nixon).
"I don't recall that those specific names were in the discussion," he snapped. "I mean, if you want me to lie about it, I will be glad to." Pause. "Well, better strike that last."


MRMacrum said...

Damn. As awful as Nixon's administration was, I would take it over what Reagan did, what both Bushes did and what the Right will definitely do in the future.

He was a pussy cat compared to what we have now.

But in a backwards sort of way, he is responsible for the turn the Right took. Had he not been such a paranoid dunderhead, he might not have had to resign, Congress would not have limited presidential power, and the Right would have had that big axe they have been grinding these past 35 years.

Todd Krohn said...

MRMacrum! Good to hear from you, brother.

Nixon's paranoia is childlike compared to the paranoia which infects the far right now. I'd take four more years of Nixon over anyone running for president in the GOP today.