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I'll never forget Nixon's resignation speech, OFFBEATS. It was my mother's
birthday.  My Dad was ecstatic (he's a staunch hardline Democrat).  I was 11 years old and knew it was important.  I thought it was sad.  It wasn't until years later that I learned more and more of the details surrounding the Watergate scandal and Nixon's entire political career.  I, too, find that Nixon was a better than average president and excellent with regard to foreign affairs. 

posted by saul_relative on December 29, 2006 at 8:46 AM | link to this | reply

The difference between Bush I and Dubya is that Dad was far more
presidential, SlyCy, far more knowledgeable, and far more inclined to listen to his advisors (example: he stopped Schwarzkopf outside Baghdad when his advisors told him to).   

posted by saul_relative on December 29, 2006 at 8:42 AM | link to this | reply

saul
This is a good post about Gerald Ford and I can remember crying the day Nixon had to leave office..Despite Watergate I still view Nixon as a good president. Gerald Ford was a man for his time and I can remember seeing him on TV when asked about how he liked being the President he said " I still like to cook my own breakfast, I didn't know I wasn't supposed to." Those might not be his exact words.. but I thought how refreshing is that!

posted by Offy on December 29, 2006 at 8:24 AM | link to this | reply

And Bush I was no bargain either.

posted by SlyCy on December 29, 2006 at 8:14 AM | link to this | reply

Nixon was like a boy scout compared to these scumbags.

posted by SlyCy on December 29, 2006 at 8:14 AM | link to this | reply

Because of the outrage over his covering up a crime, Solowriter. Since
then we've become somewhat jaded and expectant of political scandals (hell, just look at all the crap Reagan and Clinton and Dubya have slid by with).  But back in 1972, people held their president to a higher standard.  He covered up a criminal act.  He was forced to resign.  Today, people like Dubya make sure they have enough "plausible deniability" to wriggle out of just about everything, which is ridiculously disgusting...

posted by saul_relative on December 27, 2006 at 7:46 PM | link to this | reply

I still don't know why Nixon was impeached.

posted by Jenasis on December 27, 2006 at 3:39 PM | link to this | reply

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