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the blonde

Bob Woodward is a total tool, and has been for some time. You're right about Carl doing the actual reporting on Watergate, and Bob schmoozing up to the people in power.

Ralph H.

You're absolutely right, the comparisons between Obama and Nixon are ridiculous, and a disgrace to a once-respectable political party. As a "Watergate junkie" since watching the hearings on a portable TV set up in our squadron's operations office at Andrews AFB, reading most of the Woodstein coverage in the Post, and many subsequent books (including, lately, the excellent novel by Thomas Mallon), I'm still not as sure as you are about what the President knew and when he knew it. I have a feeling that he really believed that by putting his old law colleague John Mitchell in charge of CREEP he was providing adult supervision over what turned out to be a collection of cranks, thugs, and bagmen -- a serious misjudgment if there ever was one. When the crap hit the fan he engaged immediately in a coverup (he should have known better) and talked about it in his officially bugged office (he REALLY should have known better, and taken many strolls in the Rose Garden with Haldeman & Erlichman). So I would certainly convict him of the crime of stupidity. For all the scandals swirling around Obama, I don't think he did (or would do) anything truly stupid. For all that, the two can be compared in a certain slant of light, despite a vast difference in personal character. Both ruthlessly (and successfully) prosecuted the wars they inherited, & both were careful, bipartisan-inclined domestic liberals. Didn't somebody say that history may not repeat itself, but it does occasionally rhyme?

El Jefe


The Blonde is right (this does not shock you, I know ....) I remember one particular scene in All the President's Men wherein W&B have gone to Hugh Sloan's house to talk to him. (Sloan was played IIRC by a young Stephen Collins -- talk about making movie versions of people more appealing than the real ones in every possible way ....) At one point Redford/Woodward looks at Sloan, who seems to be agonizing over what to do, with an expression that resembles the empathy between two commuters stuck beside someone who reeks of cheap cigarettes, and (Redford/Woodward) says reassuringly, "I'm a Republican myself." Surely the most authentic representation of Woodward during the entire film. He was clearly the Broder-in-the-loop of the whole proceedings.

Also, too: Happy Anniversary, y'all!

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