Jackie Gleason: Dick Nixon's time has come!

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    Ralph said, "Straight to the moon, Alice!" and Nixon took him at his word (with a little help from JFK.)

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    "I would not like to be a Russian leader. They never know when they're being taped." – President Richard Nixon
     
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    I wouldn't buy a used car from Richard Nixon unless he was drunk.
     
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    What a time capsule. It really illustrates the divide in the country at the time, a pivotal period. The "Nixonaires", a "bank of girls" is taking your pledges.

    As far as celebrity endorsements, this is a good lesson. They may come back to haunt you!
     
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    One huge difference between back then and now, it was Richard M Nixon's own party, the Republicans that demanded his resignation. Nixon knew that even though the Democrats didn't have the 2/3rds majority required to remove him from office, enough Republicans would cross over that he was toast.
     
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    Also, RN was the most liberal president since FDR.
     
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    It's really an oversimplification to claim that. I was an adult when Nixon was in office and felt he was a real SOB on many social issues. Nixon and his VP constantly whined about pointy headed liberals while in office, usually blaming them for the holes he'd dug himself into... :rolleyes:
     
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    He's left an interesting legacy. While not exactly our smoothest, most eloquent president ever, and probably a little too paranoid for his own good, he's directly responsible for more a few programs and initiatives that are still benefiting us to this day. One thing's for sure, he wasn't as terrible a president as people believed him to be at the time.

    If it weren't for him losing the battle against his personal demons, Nixon likely would've ended up being one of our more fondly remembered presidents.
     
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    What? You're a nattering nabob of negativism! :D
     
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    King Dick appealed to the "Archie Bunker types" of his day. If you're too young to have lived as an adult during the reign of King Dick one of the better history books to read (that doesn't white-wash the era) is "Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class" by Jefferson R. Cowie.
     
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    I wasn't even a sparkle in my parent's eyes during his presidency, so no, I don't have much of a recollection of it all. :p

    I'll check that book out, though. You're right, it's all the distant past to me, and people do have a tendency to remember things as being far better (or sometimes far worse) than what they actually were. We might be looking at him through an idealized lens.
     
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    I barely--just barely--remember fragments of the 1972 presidential election. I vividly remember sitting at Grandma's house watching Nixon's resignation speech in '74 when I was 10.
     
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    In 74, I was around...let's see...-5, give or take. When I was 10, the big political hoolabaloo was the dismantling of the Berlin Wall, and soon after, the fall of communism.
     
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    Nixon did accomplish several good things while in office and compared to most of today's GOP he comes out, in general, smelling like a rose but he always seemed to be part drunken madman and part lying, manipulative SOB that would turn in his own grandmother to the Gestapo if he thought doing so would get him out of a jam or win him some brownie points with John Q. Public. :eek:
     

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