“You must pursue this investigation of Watergate even if it leads to the president. I’m innocent. You’ve got to believe I’m innocent. If you don’t, take my job.”

Yesterday was a stay home and do stuff day. All the chores I’ve been putting off got done. When I had finished, I wanted the feat extolled, but alas and alack, I celebrated alone.

Last night I went upstairs at ten, read until 11:30 and slept until 9. It was the sleep of the dead, a check with a mirror to see if she’s alive sort of sleep. Fern and Gracie were my companions, and they slept right in with me. They’re even back to sleep now. Only Maddie and I are awake.

The morning is cloudy. The paper said 61˚ and sunny to partly sunny for today’s weather. I’m not optimistic. Yesterday it was cloudy the whole day. I went outside and filled the feeders, including the suet feeders. Luckily it was fairly warm though damp from all the rain. Today the birds are enjoying a good breakfast. I watched while the coffee was dripping. The male goldfinches are beautiful. They hang onto the new suet feeders, and I have the best view from the kitchen window. A flicker dropped by, and my usuals are in and out. I noticed the deck needs a good cleaning. The birds are not circumspect as to where they leave their droppings. The rail is dappled.

Last week, I watched “All the President’s Men Revisited,” and I was riveted. I remember the summer when the Watergate hearings held my attention every day. I was wan and pale from staying inside watching TV. I read an article the other day which said that the memory of Watergate is fading. “For measuring distance, we in 2013 are now farther away from the events portrayed in “All the President’s Men” than the film “Bonnie and Clyde” was from the real Bonnie and Clyde.” That floored me. I remember everything. My favorite memory is when the committee first heard of the tapes. It was a wow moment for them and for me. I remember John Dean’s wife sitting behind him every day as he testified and helped unravel a presidency. The Saturday Night Massacre made Richardson and Ruckelshaus heroes to me.

I remember the Woodward book and the movie which is still one of my all time favorites. The scene at the Library Of Congress still awes me. Woodward and Bernstein are at a table going files that list all the books the White House had requested. The camera starts to rise until the men are just specks. I also love the noise of the typewriters and the phones in the Washington Post newsroom. The movie is a whodunit, and though I already knew the answer, I watched wide-eyed.

“All the President’s Men Revisited” was on Discovery and was one of the quickest two hours of television that I can remember. Toward the end of the program Ben Stein, who is shown in footage as a young staffer at Nixon’s farewell to his staff, said, “It’s really sad. I don’t think any president has been more persecuted than Nixon. I think he was a saint.” Then he broke down and cried. My first reaction was to think how ridiculous to cry over Nixon and call him a saint. We all know what he did. Later I was thinking about Stein and decided I was wrong to ridicule. Those are his memories, and he has every right to cry.

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13 Comments on ““You must pursue this investigation of Watergate even if it leads to the president. I’m innocent. You’ve got to believe I’m innocent. If you don’t, take my job.””

  1. im6 Says:

    Came here to pass along a link to something entirely different I found and hadn’t planned to comment on today’s musings. But I just have to say it:

    I hate Ben Stein. He gives me the creepy crawlies.

    Now about that link… thought this was appropriate for KTCC:

    • Kat Says:

      Thanks for the link. I’ll put out the external hard drive from my defunct PC and check my coffee file to make sure I have all these. He looked silly crying now over Nixon, “the saint,” but I decided he had every right though he was wrong in every way!!

      • im6 Says:

        My dislike of Ben Stein has nothing to do with Nixon (although that would be reason enough). He just makes makes my skin crawl. The voice. The inflection. The stare. The apparent lack of emotion. The I’m-smarter-than-you attitude. It’s like the dead trying to come back to life. Eeeeew!

      • Kat Says:

        I always thought Ben Stein was a parody of a human being. When I first saw him, I thought that was his act, that no one could be so devoid of emotion. It’s his voice which gives me the creepies!

  2. olof1 Says:

    Rain all day yesterday, sun all day today and it” rain all day tomorrow. There’s no chance on getting bored with the weather anyway 🙂

    I do remember when the hearings started and when Nixon left on that plane but not much in between to be honest. I wasn’t that old and not especially interested in politics yet. I don’t think I’ve seen that movie either.

    It’s amazing how some can see a person in a totally different way! He saw a saint we other saw a devil (more or less anyway).

    Have a great day!

    • Kat Says:

      The rain came then the blue sky pushed it away, and the sun came out. The day is lovely!

      Nixon left on the helicopter which was on the landing area of the White House. I watched and cheered!

      I can’t imagine how he saw a saint!

  3. Birgit Says:

    Same age and continent as Christer so see above.
    I’ve just listened to the end your Dracula-radio-theater file again, because the 1974 news are included at the end. Manipulated tapes, a statement “[Vice President Gerald Ford] is convinced without any doubt that President Nixon is innocent of any wrong doing” and more. Still interesting after so many years.
    Our next election is in September, the quantity of untrustworthy political statements increases daily.
    Warm sunny day today 🙂

    • Kat Says:

      When President Ford pardoned Nixon I was so angry I could spit. I figured he made that deal with Nixon when he became VP. I would have voted for him for president except for that pardon.

      Vietnam began my distrust of politicians and the Presidency.

  4. Bob Says:

    Today the George W. Bush Presidential library was dedicated on the campus of Southern Methodist University. Although I live in Dallas I have no desire to visit this Presidential library. Bush 43 was in my opinion a crappy governor of Texas and an even more crappy President. He’s the only President to be elected by the Supreme court and his reelection to a second term was guaranteed by the events of 9-11. All five living Presidents were in attendance. Bush 43, Bush 41, Jimmy Carter and President Obama. This was the first time that a Presidential library dedication included the President’s parents. George W. in his speech promised his mother that he would keep the place clean. Presidential libraries are designed to white wash the legacy of the administration for public consumption and provide scholars with the papers of the administration to figure out if that President was a scoundrel or a saint. This library will become a conservative think tank in the genre of the Herbert Hoover Library.

    Every week I watch Sunday Morning on CBS and I am amazed at some of the stuff that comes out of the mouth of Ben Stein. The first time I saw him I thought that he was a caricature of a conservative in a comedy skit or a very well made puppet.

    Richard Nixon’s legacy has already been rewritten and younger generations are not being told that Nixon was a crook and a lier. I am not even sure that Pat Nixon thought that her husband was a saint 🙂 Of course she keep herself soused to be able to make public appearances with her husband.

    Today was beautiful here with clear skies, light breeze and temperature in the mid 70s. Having all these dignitaries in town must have caused some fun traffic congestion 🙂

    • Bob Says:

      Ops, I forgot Bill Clinton among the five living Presidents.

      • Kat Says:

        I loved your comment today and agreed totally with all of it. I have never cared for either Bush but thought George W was irresponsible and the reason for the recession. History already tells us that Iraq was unnecessary.

        I don’t think I have ever seen so many Presidents in one place before this.

        Time blunts history and blunts the reality of events.

        I love your description of Ben Stein as a very well made puppet-it’s perfect!!

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I was in the 6th grade when I first became aware of Richard Nixon. He was running against Kennedy. He made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up so there must have been something wrong with him. Based on that completely rational assessment, I would never vote for him. 🙂 His entire presidency was one long political argument in my house. My Republican mother and middle brother and my conservative Democrat father were all for Nixon while my then liberal youngest brother and I were rabidly against him.
    In retrospect, I have to say that Nixon did many good things as president, both internationally and domestically. However, he suborned the Constitution and that has overshadowed anything good he did. I think he understood what he had done to the Presidency at the time though I’m sure he felt that history would treat him better. Perhaps. Not a saint, though. No politician is.
    As far as I am concerned, Ben Stein was a host on a game show, Win Ben Stein’s Money, where I though he did a very good job. I never heard of him before that. I guess he was in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
    Thursday was massage day. I haven’t been since mid-December and desperately needed the work done. I’m beginning to feel like the normal me again. Must be the coming of Spring. 🙂
    Enjoy the day.

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      That was when I was in the 8th grade and became aware of politics for the first time. I even went to Kennedy headquarters in my town to get pins I could wear, still have them. My favorite is If I were twenty-one I’d vote for Kennedy. The debates are when I thought Nixon scary looking, even a bit evil looking.

      To the end, I think Nixon believed he had done nothing wrong. I agree about his foreign policy, like going to China, as one which demands merit, but it is overshadowed by his lies and his duplicity.

      I remember Ben in Ferris. He was exactly the same as he i in real life: frozen, expressionless.

      Have a great day!!

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