WASHINGTON — Richard M. Nixon says that a most unfortunate disclosure during Watergate was that he used foul language in the Oval Office. Other Presidents also swore, he says, "but none of them had the bad judgment to have it on tape."
Most people swear at one time or another, he says, "but since neither I nor most other Presidents had ever used profanity in public, millions were shocked. I have heard other Presidents use very earthy language in the Oval Office."
Nixon says this in "In the Arena," a book summing up his life.
The seventh book he has published since resigning the Presidency in 1974 is the most personal statement of how he has come to feel at peace with himself. "Only when you have been in the depths can you truly appreciate the heights," he says.
At the height of the Watergate scandal, in April, 1974, Nixon released a 1,300-page volume of transcripts of secretly taped conversation. They were heavily edited to put private comments in the most favorable light and are especially remembered for hundreds of designations, "expletive deleted."