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(History Channel)   On this day in 1974 the president made a little speech from the Oval Office   (history.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, President Richard M. Nixon, President of the United States, White House, Harvard law professor Archibald Cox, Public confidence  
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2022-08-08 8:55:25 AM  
Then Ford pardoned him, and started this nation's great slide into shiathole territory.  Reagan realized that crime was suddenly legal, and he tore the place to shreds.  Then Clinton stole Wall Street from the GOP, and the poor darlings simply lost their minds.
 
2022-08-08 9:01:02 AM  
I remember that TV speech. It was welcome news to hear after the Vietnam War and the subversion of the 1972 Presidential election.
 
2022-08-08 9:01:28 AM  
I don't understand. He didn't try to sell any hats, he didn't shill for donations, he didn't even invite any former crack addicts or disgraced drunken lawyers to open the show for him -- and don't even get me started on the lack of crowd in the room.
 
2022-08-08 9:30:01 AM  
Every shiatstorm starts with a single nugget. The downfall of the US government started with a flying porta-potty from Woodstock...
 
2022-08-08 9:38:10 AM  
In the modern political era, Nixon's crimes come off as absolutely adorable.
 
2022-08-08 9:43:22 AM  
Nixon had returned to practicing law after he had resigned.  Too lazy to look it up, but does anyone know what he did?  I remember watching something in the 80s where some news crew grabbed a trash bag from his outside trash can and his security people chased them down.
 
2022-08-08 9:43:37 AM  
I was almost 4. Nixon existed for me as the failed president-king, a cautionary tale for my formative years. Then began his rehabilitation. It was in the run up to the 1980 election that I began to hear the apologists, and then the media started sucking Dixon allowing him long sycophantic interviews, book deals, and the greed class offered him enough paid speaking gigs to make him rich before he died. There was about a decade when a majority of the country saw him as the scoundrel he was, and then all that changed. He should have prosecuted. Pardon him no. Commute his sentence afterwards? Wouldn't care. His crimes should have hung around his neck.
 
2022-08-08 9:45:56 AM  
Ope. Thank you for reminding me its my mom's birthday!
 
2022-08-08 9:48:05 AM  
And here's the corned beef hash recipe he had as his final meal in the WH:  https://www.recipezazz.com/recipe/president-nixons-farewell-corned-beef-hash-39130

When I eat it, I do my best Nixon impressions.  "Oh, it's a dark day, Checkers.  I bet those hippies are loving this.  Well, they'll pay!  Don't you weirdos think you won't pay!"
 
2022-08-08 9:48:27 AM  
YOU DOLT!
 
2022-08-08 9:48:41 AM  

Subtonic: In the modern political era, Nixon's crimes come off as absolutely adorable.


Jump back. Trump is the pompous dictator to Nixon's CIA. Nixon used whisper campaigns to undermine people. Nixon used the FBI and IRS to punish his enemies.

Nixon put people like Trump in power.
 
2022-08-08 9:49:31 AM  
With Nixon gone, President Ford announces "the national nightmare is over"

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2022-08-08 9:52:18 AM  

Cheron: Subtonic: In the modern political era, Nixon's crimes come off as absolutely adorable.

Jump back. Trump is the pompous dictator to Nixon's CIA. Nixon used whisper campaigns to undermine people. Nixon used the FBI and IRS to punish his enemies.

Nixon put people like Trump in power.


The level of sophistication was greater with Nixon, but he never tried pulling off a honest to god coup against the United States of America.
 
2022-08-08 9:53:20 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: YOU DOLT!


He was forced out!
 
2022-08-08 9:56:20 AM  
That's because he wasn't completely surrounded by spineless enablers.
 
2022-08-08 9:57:15 AM  
Nixon had an executive producer for his television appearances during the campaign season, who suggested to him the race-based southern strategy. The producer despised the news media who he felt had stabbed Nixon in the back with all the negative coverage, and that Nixon wouldn't have resigned if they hadn't betrayed him. So it was all the news media's fault. He vowed that such a thing would never happen to a Republican President ever again.

That producer's name? Roger Ailes.
 
2022-08-08 10:02:36 AM  
People in 1974:  it won't get any worse.  It can't!  Real Presidents have dignity.  They can conduct themselves the way a Supreme Court Justice would!
 
2022-08-08 10:04:15 AM  
Yeah I 'get' that TFG is pretty much batsh t insane to some extent.

What I will never get is 95% of his party saying 'this is fine'.
They would have booted Obama for using the wrong fork at dinner.

At some point you have to admit to yourself that you have chosen Evil over Good.
 
2022-08-08 10:05:10 AM  
And thus started a grand cycle of Democrat presidents inheriting giant messes from their Republican predecessors, and voters blaming them when they can't snap their fingers and magically make those problems go away immediately.
 
2022-08-08 10:05:25 AM  
My dad was drinking and my step mom openly crying. I walked in with a shiat eating grin and was told to go away in no uncertain terms.
Good times.
 
2022-08-08 10:08:48 AM  

mybluemake: I was almost 4. Nixon existed for me as the failed president-king, a cautionary tale for my formative years. Then began his rehabilitation. It was in the run up to the 1980 election that I began to hear the apologists, and then the media started sucking Dixon allowing him long sycophantic interviews, book deals, and the greed class offered him enough paid speaking gigs to make him rich before he died. There was about a decade when a majority of the country saw him as the scoundrel he was, and then all that changed. He should have prosecuted. Pardon him no. Commute his sentence afterwards? Wouldn't care. His crimes should have hung around his neck.


The trail should have been in 1960, but he had better than average handlers for the time.

Trump and Nixon were cut from the same cloth, but Nixon was by far the smarter of the two men.
 
2022-08-08 10:09:30 AM  

Copperbelly watersnake: And thus started a grand cycle of Democrat presidents inheriting giant messes from their Republican predecessors, and voters blaming them when they can't snap their fingers and magically make those problems go away immediately.


1932 would like a word.
 
2022-08-08 10:09:35 AM  
I remember Ben Stein being interviewed about Nixon and breaking into tears about how Nixon was wronged.

Republicans are one very weird cult.
 
2022-08-08 10:10:37 AM  
My favorite image of that day:

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It's such a sad-looking lunch. He ate this, then signed his resignation, then got on the helicopter and left.
 
2022-08-08 10:11:26 AM  
I was born 16 days afterwards, what a weird time if must have been but hey it helped to pave the way for Fox news, so thanks Nixon, rot in hell.
 
2022-08-08 10:12:25 AM  
I've always had a weird fascination with Nixon since I did a report on him in 6th grade. (And no I don't have a Tattoo of him on me).

I wonder how Watergate would have played out with the modern GOP
 
2022-08-08 10:13:49 AM  

ox45tallboy: My favorite image of that day:

[media.npr.org image 850x571]

It's such a sad-looking lunch. He ate this, then signed his resignation, then got on the helicopter and left.


One of my favorite pictures is the chair being removed from the Oval Office. It was such a powerful statement on how quickly things can change.

I actually referenced it when I left my job last year to move across the country. I had gotten a new job abruptly
 
2022-08-08 10:15:36 AM  
This is the day the low and mid level GOP staffers decided that fascism was the answer, and they've been working towards that goal ever since.  They almost had it with Reagan, but Trump took them further than expected.
 
2022-08-08 10:17:54 AM  

Aar1012: I've always had a weird fascination with Nixon since I did a report on him in 6th grade. (And no I don't have a Tattoo of him on me).

I wonder how Watergate would have played out with the modern GOP


Zero consequences.
 
2022-08-08 10:23:56 AM  
Is is bad that when I was listening to a rebroadcast of his speech this was going through my head:

M:  Hey Dick! have you ever been a quitter?
RN:  I have never been a quitter.
M:  BULL S##T
RN:  To leave office before my time is against every fiber in my body.
M:  You call that a body?
RN:  But as President
M: You call that a President?
RN:  I must put America's needs first
M:  What does America need Dick?
 
2022-08-08 10:25:02 AM  

Aar1012: I've always had a weird fascination with Nixon since I did a report on him in 6th grade. (And no I don't have a Tattoo of him on me).

I wonder how Watergate would have played out with the modern GOP


ANTIFA!
 
2022-08-08 10:26:37 AM  
Everyone forgets the interesting historical tidbit that Ford became the first unelected president.
 
2022-08-08 10:27:35 AM  
Ugh, posted that too fast. I mean because Ford was appointed VP, not elected.
 
2022-08-08 10:28:58 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: Then Ford pardoned him, and started this nation's great slide into shiathole territory.  Reagan realized that crime was suddenly legal, and he tore the place to shreds.  Then Clinton stole Wall Street from the GOP, and the poor darlings simply lost their minds.


No. Timeline should start with LBJ not prosecuting Nixon and Kissinger for illegally acting as foreign agents in Cambodia
 
2022-08-08 10:30:06 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I don't understand. He didn't try to sell any hats, he didn't shill for donations, he didn't even invite any former crack addicts or disgraced drunken lawyers to open the show for him -- and don't even get me started on the lack of crowd in the room.


This was early in the GOP learning process.
 
2022-08-08 10:31:52 AM  

Another Government Employee: mybluemake: I was almost 4. Nixon existed for me as the failed president-king, a cautionary tale for my formative years. Then began his rehabilitation. It was in the run up to the 1980 election that I began to hear the apologists, and then the media started sucking Dixon allowing him long sycophantic interviews, book deals, and the greed class offered him enough paid speaking gigs to make him rich before he died. There was about a decade when a majority of the country saw him as the scoundrel he was, and then all that changed. He should have prosecuted. Pardon him no. Commute his sentence afterwards? Wouldn't care. His crimes should have hung around his neck.

The trail should have been in 1960, but he had better than average handlers for the time.

Trump and Nixon were cut from the same cloth, but Nixon was by far the smarter of the two men.


Well, there's damning with faint praise if I ever heard it.
 
2022-08-08 10:41:13 AM  
When I was nine years old I sent this letter to the White House.
I didn't know until many years later that my mother had made a copy of my letter.
A few months later I got a letter back with a copy of Nixon's energy speech.


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2022-08-08 10:50:27 AM  
And then. Jimmy Carter (who I think was an underrated President) tried to be honest and keep his administration clean and the Democrats (who are notorious for this) turned on him.  Of course, I think they are doing the same thing to Biden and I'm not surprised.  It's not about honesty in government any more, it's about which side is the worse.  Hard to tell

/Only voted for one Republican
//He was an honest man
///His state party kicked him out because he was honest.
 
2022-08-08 10:51:58 AM  

Subtonic: In the modern political era, Nixon's crimes come off as absolutely adorable.


Nixon's goons only broke into the opposing party's offices.  Trump's goons stole election machines in Michigan and one of the goons is up for the Attorney General job!  And that's just a few goons in one state.  The scope of Trump's crimes are orders of magnitude bigger than Nixon's.
 
2022-08-08 11:00:56 AM  
 
2022-08-08 11:13:03 AM  
Today is my oldest son's 48th birthday. What a surprise it was when I found out Nixon announced he was resigning after I gave birth to my lovely son.
 
2022-08-08 11:19:12 AM  

saturn badger: Gonzo said it best.

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1994/07/he-was-a-crook/308699/


He really should have buried at sea.
 
2022-08-08 11:20:33 AM  

macadamnut: saturn badger: Gonzo said it best.

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1994/07/he-was-a-crook/308699/

He really should have buried at sea.


BEEN buried.

/ yeah Fark sucks
 
2022-08-08 11:27:01 AM  

Another Government Employee: mybluemake: I was almost 4. Nixon existed for me as the failed president-king, a cautionary tale for my formative years. Then began his rehabilitation. It was in the run up to the 1980 election that I began to hear the apologists, and then the media started sucking Dixon allowing him long sycophantic interviews, book deals, and the greed class offered him enough paid speaking gigs to make him rich before he died. There was about a decade when a majority of the country saw him as the scoundrel he was, and then all that changed. He should have prosecuted. Pardon him no. Commute his sentence afterwards? Wouldn't care. His crimes should have hung around his neck.

The trail should have been in 1960, but he had better than average handlers for the time.

Trump and Nixon were cut from the same cloth, but Nixon was by far the smarter of the two men.


Nixon was a goddamn pit viper in the world of politics.
Drumpf is a blobfish.
 
2022-08-08 11:31:35 AM  

lilbjorn: Mr. Coffee Nerves: I don't understand. He didn't try to sell any hats, he didn't shill for donations, he didn't even invite any former crack addicts or disgraced drunken lawyers to open the show for him -- and don't even get me started on the lack of crowd in the room.

This was early in the GOP learning process.


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It was before it obtained its final form.
 
2022-08-08 11:32:19 AM  
He later pardoned Nixon for any crimes he may have committed while in office, explaining that he wanted to end the national divisions created by the Watergate scandal.

Well, that farking worked, didn't it?
 
2022-08-08 11:32:19 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: Then Ford pardoned him, and started this nation's great slide into shiathole territory.  Reagan realized that crime was suddenly legal, and he tore the place to shreds.  Then Clinton stole Wall Street from the GOP, and the poor darlings simply lost their minds.


"We've set up a system where the baseline assumption is that nothing short of, I don't know, full-on in-person murder can disqualify an elite political or business figure from their posting. And that means that people like the Trumps will continue to believe that criminality and collusion are just fine. Unless we're willing to break down that system, and interrogate the role that even Trump's enemies have played in building it, we will get two, three, many Trumps in the future."

https://www.vox.com/2018/7/19/17581546/donald-trump-russia-collusion-elite-impunity-immunity-torture-iran-contra-financial-crisis
 
2022-08-08 11:33:13 AM  
On the day he resigned, 24% of americans polled approved of the job he was doing. So, at minimum, a quarter of the US electorate are fascist enablers.
 
2022-08-08 11:34:37 AM  
I want you to finish the job Donald, awhoooo
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2022-08-08 11:36:55 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: Then Ford pardoned him, and started this nation's great slide into shiathole territory.  Reagan realized that crime was suddenly legal, and he tore the place to shreds.  Then Clinton stole Wall Street from the GOP, and the poor darlings simply lost their minds.


HEY! If it was't for Ford pardoning Nixon, my parents being horny and on vacation that week, i wouldn't be here today.

/that sentence would be all manners of farked up if there was another comma after horny.
 
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