I'm sure Clockwork Coker will wax wonderfully about the latest secret recordings of former President Richard Nixon, but I also want to use the occasion of this round of the gift that keeps on giving to draw attention to Nixon's entry in the Rotten.com Library. Don't worry: you can click on the entry and not find decapitated heads, legs swarming with maggots, and the like--that's plain ol' Rotten.com, and they don't update as much as they used to. Anyway, the beginning of their entry, and it only gets better from here--and do click on all the hyperlinks, as they'll lead to the best rabbit hole since the TV show Lost:
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Perhaps best known for faking the Moon landing, 37th US President Richard Milhouse Nixon died on April 22, 1994. He left behind him an astonishing range of sins: Alcoholism, pill popping, wife beating, perpetuating the Vietnam War, and calling Helen Gahagan Douglas a filthy lesbian.
Tricky Dicky's ultimate crime was confirming the suspicions of an entire generation of fuckoffs that they, in fact, were the chosen people of their place and time. The results may be seen in the merciless attacks on the human spirit masquerading as '60s nostalgia, ridiculous cam girls indulging in astrology, and the otherwise unexplained persistence of adulation for Creedence Clearwater Revival.
According to convicted Watergate criminal John W. Dean, Nixon wanted to firebomb the Brookings Institute think tank, because they had possession of certain unspecified, but apparently important documents. Yes, firebomb.