U.S. Presidents

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Richard Nixon Appears Live at His Library

    Richard M. Nixon will be dug up from his Yorba Linda grave this summer to entertain schoolchildren. First lady Pat, too!

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Richard Nixon Presidential Library Closes in Federal Shutdown; Dick Foundation is Open

    See the update at the bottom of the next page on the private Nixon Foundation parts of the presidential library remaining open. ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 1, 1:06 P.M.: One victim of the federal shutdown brought on by Republicans trying to stop Obamacare: Richard Nixon. More specifically, Tricky Dick's me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    Our Nixon Documentary Uses Super 8 Footage Shot by White House Aides and Seized by FBI

    Just when you thought the Frost/Nixon feature film, the David Frost Interviews Richard Nixon documentary, All the President's Men, Oliver Stone's Nixon, years of documentaries, television news shows and other moving images of the actual Trickster had provided every possible glimpse into the Richard ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 18, 2013

    Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: Too, Too Long

    The Chance Theater takes on America's first modern president in a rock musical

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    12 Richard Nixon Pro Football Moments as Ol' No. 12's Boosters Hawk Kurt Warner Pigskins

    Richard Nixon rode the pine for the junior varsity team at Fullerton Union High School and the second team for Whittier College in the early 1930s. The photo of No. 12 at right is identified online as being from Whittier College, but there is another shot of him in a better No. 23 uniform that is al ... More >>

  • Film

    November 15, 2012

    'Lincoln': A Tall, Tall Film

    Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg ably fill the 16th president's hat

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    Richard Nixon: Our First Native American President

    Bill Clinton may have been the first African American president (sorry, Barry), but Richard Nixon is being hailed as the first Native American president. Of course, it's the Nixon Foundation that's doing the hailing for Orange County's favorite disgraced son.

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives Coming to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

    What do Walt Disney and Ronald Reagan have in common?They both threw actors they felt to be communist sympathizers under the FBI's red-baiting bus!But Disney and Reagan have something else in common, too: starting in July, both men will have many of their personal items on display for all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Timothy Naftali, Nixon Library Chief, is Leaving

    "One lie I corrected was this big."​Timothy Naftali, the George H.W. Bush biographer and respected historian the National Archives chose to run the Richard Nixon Library and Museum in Yorba Linda after the disgraced 37th president's loyalists from a private foundation first built and operated the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    Six Presidential Encounters with Mexican Food, Ranked from Best to Worst

    The only president that matters today...​So today is Cinco de Mayo blah blah blah blah. But instead of offering you places to drinko, your humble scribe likes learnin' people stuff, you know, the more arcane the better. So what more-random topic than a quick overview of American presidents and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Naming the Orange County Great Park After Ronald Reagan Gets Scholarly Stamps of Approval

    ​A 25-year-old law has presented a snag in getting a statue of Ronald Reagan erected in a Newport Beach park. But who needs a statue when you can have an entire park named in your honor? And not just any park, but the Orange County Great Park, which has been billed as the first great municipal par ... More >>

  • News

    March 31, 2011

    Welcome to the Ronald Reagan Great Park

    EXCLUSIVE! Super-secret plans are afoot to name Orange County's largest public-works project after the Great Communicator

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Richard Nixon Library is g-a-y Gay!

    ​The Richard Nixon Presidential Museum and Library in Yorba Linda is gay, gay, gay.That's what New Yorkers must believe after recent pieces in their most venerable publications, The New Yorker and the New York Times.

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Celebrate Nixon Library's 20th Anniversary, But Remember His Pal George Steinbrenner, Too

    ​A weekend of events to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Richard Nixon's library--or "The Dick," as the hepcats call it--kicked off this morning with the laying of wreaths at the graves of the 37th president and his wife Pat.However, before we get to the other fun-filled festivities that are in s ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 25, 2010

    Nixon in China

    Terrace Theater

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    Lincoln, Washington and Teddy Roosevelt Walk Into the Nixon Library ...

    Dead presidents​Abraham Lincoln's birthday is today, George Washington's is Feb. 22 and who the hell knows when Teddy Roosevelt was born. Still, all three very dead presidents converge Monday--Presidents' Day--at the presidential library and museum dedicated to another expired commander-in-chief, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2010

    Busy Days Ahead at the Nixon Library

    ​A birthday celebration, the arrival of important records and some good old fashioned revisionism: yep, busy days are ahead at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda. (Which is where you'll also find the creepy bust above.)

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    Incredible Tricky Dicky Official White House Ornament Deal

    ​You can order this year's official White House Christmas Ornament direct for $23.The same ornament is available from the Richard Nixon Foundation for $26.95.The latter is the best deal.

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2009

    Chinese-American Protesters Seeing Red at Nixon Library

    The Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace (now Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum) opened in 1990 and for nearly that long there has been a permanent Hall of World Leaders exhibit featuring life-size statues of such history-shapers as Winston Churchill, Charles deGaulle and Mao Ts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    Gore Vidal and George McGovern Are the Stars, But Spirit of Ted Kennedy Also Fills Nixon Library

    Photo by Christopher Victorio George McGovern (left) listens to Gore Vidal's introduction at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda.Legends of liberalism Gore Vidal and George McGovern were the honored guests at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    George McGovern Spreads Peace at the Warring Nixon Library

    George McGovern, peacemaker​It took former U.S. Senator George McGovern (D-South Dakota) to bring peace to the library and museum dedicated to the memory of his opponent in the 1972 presidential election, Richard Nixon.  Ten weeks after the private Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace Found ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2009

    And Speaking of John Dean in Orange County . . .

    UPDATED WITH CORRECTED GENDER FOR ONE MAN, JOB DESCRIPTION FOR ANOTHER (THANK YOU, REV. TAYLOR). Former Nixon White House counsel John Dean, whose June appearance drew 300 people to the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum and the wrath of the private Richard Nixon Library & Birth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    WTF Alert!?! John Dean Coming to Nixon Library!

    John Dean, shown last year, is coming to the Nixon Library.Over the years, the Richard Nixon Library, Birthplace, Museum, Taqueria & Polo Grounds in Yorba Linda has hosted such speakers as Ann Coulter, Hugh Hewitt, Bill O'Reilly, William J. Bennett, Dick Cheney and probably even more repulsive f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2009

    As Rep. Calvert Beams Over Gipper Statue, Many Fume

    Courtesy U.S. Capitol"Ladies and gentlemen, the statue of Ronald Reagan," the announcer inside the Capitol Rotunda said last Wednesday before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi helped 87-year-old Nancy Reagan to her feet so she could tug back the blue drape cloaking Chas Fagan's 7-foot bronze statue of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2009

    $15 2-Course Lunch at Anaheim White House For Administrative Professionals' Week

    The Anaheim White House is offering a special for Administrative Assistants' (or Professionals') Week (April 20-24). For $15, you can treat your Administrative Assistant (or Professional) for a two-course lunch (an entree and dessert), and you don't have to report it on your 10-K. Heck for $15 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    Historians: Lots of Presidents Worse Than OC's Favorite Disgraced Son

    It was mused here previously that, based on their respective (low) popularity ratings, George W. Bush was more despised upon leaving the presidency than Orange County's favorite disgraced son Richard Nixon, which prompted our tip of the press hat to the Richard Nixon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2009

    Meet The New Dick, Same As The Old Dick

    Because today would have been Richard Milhous Nixon's 94th birthday, I've decided to roll out something I was not prepared to roll out: It's my new website/blog that strives to present all the ways the 37th president of the United States, despite being very dead ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    Not Trickie Dick's Western White House But an Amazing Facsimile

    Variety columnist Bashirah Muttalib has a fascinating piece about the Herculean task the Frost/Nixon location manager had in trying to film key Orange County locations depicted in the film, which is set in the late 1970s.The Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace in Yorba Linda opened its doors for lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2008

    Why Won't the Times Print Obscene Jokes About Blacks?

    The Los Angeles Times ran an obituary today on Earl Butz, the Secretary of Agriculture under Yorba Linda boy Richard Nixon. Per the obit, "He was forced to resign his Cabinet post in October 1976 after telling an obscene joke that was derogatory to blacks." The Times, in its ever-genteel ways, didn' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2007

    Rohrabacher: Why aren't we causing a revolution in China?

    Last night in a C-SPAN televised speech, Dana Rohrabacher called Chinese government officials “gangsters,” slammed both Bush presidential administrations for failing to challenge China’s human rights abuses and complained that the U.S. Government isn’t working to spur a democratic revolution ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2006

    Funky President: Gerald Ford & James Brown

    In a strange way, it is perhaps somewhat fitting that James Brown and Gerald Ford died within a day of each other, since Brown and Ford had a unique bond. As Brian Koller notes in his ePinions review of the James Brown compilation CD Disc Four: Godfather of Soul (1972-1984), "James Brown was proba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2006

    Duncan Hunter, Dick Nixon and "Gunga Dana" Rohrabacher

    In light of San Diego area rightwing hawk Rep. Duncan Hunter's quixotic bid for the U.S. presidency, MadCow Morning News compiles the Top Ten Reasons to Go Dunkin' With Duncan. (Thanks to the eagle-eyed pal who spotted this and passed it along). Included are comparisons of Hunter to OC's Favorite Di ... More >>