Episode 19 - Richard Nixon Understands Homosexuality

It's our Valentine's Day episode of This is the President!

Our presidential tape in this episode comes Straight Outta the Oval Office from way back in 1971. This tape was also one of the original batch of Watergate recordings. The issue of national importance that has Nixon so worked up is the portrayal of homosexuality on the hit sitcom "All in the Family."

Because this tape was recorded in an office and not from a phone call, the quality isn't great, but you should be able to work out most of Mr. Nixon's rant. To help put the conversation into context, we've dropped in some sound bytes from the episode in question, entitled, appropriately enough, "Judging Books By Covers."  

Because Twitter hadn't been invented yet, Mr. Nixon resorts to bitching to his Chief of Staff, HR Haldeman.  Much like President Trump, President Nixon doesn't have a whole lot of nice things to say about the media. It's nice to see that some things never change. 

Also in the episode, the latest updates from the streets of NYC and Edinburgh. Also, Harmon's Presidential Impression takes us back to the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal of the 1990s where we touch briefly on the "Cigar Incident" which you can relive here

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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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