Watergate: 40 Years Ago Today
I hate to admit that such a political event as Watergate has brought me so much reading pleasure–but I would be lying if I said anything else. The political events that evolved around Watergate has made for years of fantastic reading and discussions as there are so many tangents and personalities that get placed under that famous label. I started reading books such as “All The President’s Men” in high school, and have never stopped. That is over 30 years of interest…..
Yes, Watergate was tragic, and damaged the political institutions of this nation. That concerns me deeply. But when it comes to Watergate not only did it sell a lot of newspapers, but it made for one damn perfect political drama. There is no end to the speculating and dissecting that this episode has created.
Forty years years ago today Watergate started–if you do not count the meetings that took place before that date which were needed to conjure up such ridiculous political chicanery. I wonder how Jeb Stuart Magruder will observe this anniversary. What a slug!
I have a series of short videos that bring back to life the memories of not only the break-in at the Watergate Hotel, but the series of personalities and events that followed. This is so short and surface-oriented–but still these videos give a bit of the mood that dominated this nation for years.
Following the firing of Bob Haldeman and John Ehrlichman at Camp David on a Sunday morning, and the speech to the nation by President Nixon that followed, came one of the most bizarre phone calls that the recording system at the White House ever picked up.