The Beginning of the End for Nixon (and Trump)?

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If you had to pick the beginning of the end for President Nixon, the date of June 13, 1971 might be the front running candidate. That was the day that the New York Times began publishing the Pentagon Papers, a top secret study commissioned by Defense Secretary Robert McNamera in 1967 which basically said that the US had f**ked up in Vietnam. And badly. 

After the story about the Papers broke, Nixon became very concerned about leaks coming out of his administration.

Which, in turn, led to him creating the Plumbers unit to stop the leaks (get it?). The Plumbers eventually became frustrated with the lack of action and began to pester the Nixon White House for more jobs to do. One of the last jobs assigned to the Plumbers was to plant listening devices into the Democratic headquarters, located in the Watergate Hotel, almost exactly a year later in June, 1972. 

In this episode's phone call, a nonplussed Nixon gets word about the Pentagon Papers from General Alexander Haig. But is it really possible the president wasn't aware of the impact of the New York Times story? Or was he lying? 

That's what Harmon and Scott will be discussing in this episode. We'll also touch on how this reflects on President Trump and what the recent arrests mean for the Trump White House. 

Also in this episode: the World Series, New York City open container laws, 80s sitcom starrs and Scott learns that there is a bona fide cast member from The Apprentice in Trump's White House Staff. 

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The head of IBM and the Stewardess Incident

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Boys will be boys, right? The press caught President Trump on tape talking about "grabbing 'em by the pussy" and he still got elected. 

Turns out things back in the 1970s weren't that much different.

That's when columnist Jack Anderson was about to spill the beans on Ambassador to France Arthur K. Watson. Watson, the son of the founder of IBM, had gradually been forced out of the company his father built and had to settle on a career in US Government service. On a flight in 1971from London to Washington, DC, he got rip roaring drunk, demanded to be served a bottle of Scotch and started shoving money down the blouses of Pan-Am stewardesses. 

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President Nixon discussed the incident with his Chief of Staff, HR Haldeman in the Oval Office and the conversation has been helpfully preserved by the White House taping system. 

Like with President Trumps locker room conversation caught on tape, Nixon and Haldeman agree that there's nothing with having a few drinks and chasing girls. The main thing that they're in agreement that it's better than chasing boys. 

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Episode 6 - Richard Nixon Curses at the Washington Redskins, James Brown & More!

October 10, 1972 - For ten glorious minutes, the Godfather of Soul met with Tricky Dick and, unlike the earlier encounter between Elvis and Nixon, we have this one captured on tape! 

Because this momentous occasion lasted just a few minutes, we didn't want to leave you hanging with a shorter than normal podcast episode, so we've included a special guest at the end of Episode 6. This one is a must for Dallas Cowboys or Washington Redskins fans! 

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Episode 5 - Elvis and Nixon

Yep - this is it. The episode that this podcast was made for - the historic meeting between Elvis and Nixon. You've seen the picture, you might be seeing the movie that opens this week, but this is the real story.

Although there are no actual tapes of the meeting - Nixon didn't install the recording system until after the historic summit was held - there are a couple of tapes where Nixon or one of his aides mention the meeting and that's what we're going to be going into here.

We've also got a couple of eyewitness accounts with Egil Krough and Jerry Schilling, who were both present. 

If you're curious about my take on this, you can watch my film The King and Dick over at The Atlantic

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Episode 4 - Don't Forget Your Ashtray

President Nixon welcomes Johnny and June Carter Cash, along with a few members from the band, into the Oval Office and showers them with gifts. He also takes the time to praise Johnny's music and shows off a "cool" painting by his daughter, Julie. 

Controversy erupts when Nixon mentions Glen Campell - what exactly is the President hiding from the public? 

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