June 22, 2007
Re "Why Watergate matters," Opinion, June 17 I worked on Richard Nixon's 1968 campaign and voted for him in 1972. Later, as a National Archives employee, I was responsible for screening Nixon's White House tapes and files to see what could be released to the public. I regret that Nixon, as he put it, gave his enemies a sword. He let me down. But what a president does in office is influenced by factors far more complex than those Elizabeth Drew describes. The people who work in the White House are neither gods nor demons, just human beings as in any other office.
November 17, 1985 |
They stare nonstop at the house at 10000 Sunset Blvd. She through binoculars. He with naked eyes. His right hand rests lightly on her shoulder. His left arm, upraised, is frozen in mid-gesture. "A little to the right," is what sculptor J. Seward Johnson Jr. imagined that the bronze man in the navy cardigan is saying to his female companion. That's the name Johnson gave them as one of his droll public artworks, with the political implication intended. Perhaps they should look leftward.
December 8, 1996 |
Newly released tapes show President Nixon pushed for tax audits of wealthy Jewish contributors to his Democratic rivals, the San Francisco Examiner reported in today's editions. The Examiner said the revelation was contained in more than 200 hours of recently released Nixon White House tapes.
November 10, 2011 |
The 18.5-minute gap was one of the last great mysteries of the Watergate scandal. For years, historians - and at least one of his former aides - had speculated that President Nixon may have been responsible for deleting 18.5 minutes from a potentially incriminating Oval Office tape recording that had been subpoenaed by Watergate prosecutors. Nixon's longtime secretary, Rose Mary Woods, couldn't explain the long buzz on the recording from June 20, 1972. She told investigators she might have hit the wrong button on a tape player while taking a 5-minute phone call.
January 17, 2010
On Jan. 26, 1970, days after delivering the State of the Union address and just weeks before announcing the incursion of U.S. troops into Cambodia that led to nationwide student strikes, President Richard M. Nixon sent a memo to H.R. "Bob" Haldeman on the subject of Modern art. "Decadent" was the operative adjective he used, and he wanted something done about it. On Monday, the National Archives and the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda released...
April 5, 1987 |
Voters puzzling over the growing field of 1988 presidential contenders were offered an old-fashioned rule of thumb this weekend for making a choice--pick the candidate with the best mother. More than 60 scholars and former Oval Office confidants gathered at Princeton University to analyze modern presidential leadership over the last half century, and the one point on which they appeared to agree was that the key to success in the presidency is a balanced and secure personality.
June 23, 1992 |
A UC Irvine history professor who authored a biography on John Lennon won a key victory Monday before the U.S. Supreme Court in his fight to view secret FBI files on the late singer. The court rejected an appeal aimed at killing Jonathan Weiner's 1983 lawsuit seeking the release of about 69 pages of documents the bureau collected on the rock star during the Nixon Administration. The decision, with only Justice Byron R. White dissenting, upholds a 1991 ruling by the U.S.
March 24, 1996 |
America's leading pollsters, Louis Harris and the Gallup organization, have long had a policy of sharing information with presidents. One of President Clinton's pollsters, Stan Greenberg, acknowledges that he regularly communicates with pollsters who work for the media. Harris and George Gallup Jr. strenuously defend the practice of cooperating with any president who approaches them.