Gore Vidal Behind the Orange Curtain: 5 Great Lines from Author's Nixon Library Visit (WTF?)

Perhaps one of Orange County's most incongruous moments happened the evening of Aug. 26, 2009, when George McGovern and the now-late Gore Vidal entertained a packed house at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda--yes, that Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda.

Vidal died of pneumonia Tuesday at his Hollywood Hills home. He was 86.

George McGovern and Gore Vidal appeared at the Nixon Library in August 2009.
George McGovern and Gore Vidal appeared at the Nixon Library in August 2009.
Photo by Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly

Rather than wallow in despair over losing a celebrated and prolific author (and often ornery Son of a Biscuit), we've decided to recycle some classic Vidal from that magical night in Dick's place.

Gore Vidal, George McGovern and Spirit of Ted Kennedy Take Over the Nixon Library

Gore Vidal Behind the Orange Curtain: 5 Great Lines from Author's Nixon Library Visit (WTF?)
  • "This is a Republican wheelchair. It's not moving" (when Vidal had trouble scooting forward to accept his ovation).
  • "As Truman Capote" (when Naftali asked how Vidal should be introduced).
Gore Vidal Behind the Orange Curtain: 5 Great Lines from Author's Nixon Library Visit (WTF?)
  • Turning to McGovern: "George, how are we going to explain this to fans of 1972? Here we are in the Nixon Library. Mr. Reagan is down the road. It looks like old home week."


 


  • "How different this was from 1972, when all seemed possible: 1972 convinced me that all things were not possible."
  • As Vidal received his final standing O: "Know that socialism will never come to America!"


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