Here's the thing about trickling out documents and recordings from Presidential archives — it's the exact opposite of pulling the band-aid off quickly. It's the exact opposite of Trash Day, on which (if you credit Aaron Sorkin) the White House dumps out all of the bad news before the weekend. Rather, it's almost calculated to remind us anew every few months or years how most politicians are, in their hearts, unlikeable choads.
Case in point: the reliably loathsome when not opening China Tricky Dick.
Nixon worried that greater access to abortions would foster “permissiveness,” and said that “it breaks the family.” But he also saw a need for abortion in some cases — like interracial pregnancies, he said.
“There are times when an abortion is necessary. I know that. When you have a black and a white,” he told an aide, before adding, “Or a rape.”
Nixon went on to suggest that sex with a minority is like the weather, in that one might as well lie back and enjoy it.
Note that this trickling-out of records doesn't tend to work out well for the Presidents' pals, either:
The tapes also include a phone call from February 1973 between Nixon and the evangelist Billy Graham, during which Mr. Graham complained that Jewish-American leaders were opposing efforts to promote evangelical Christianity, like Campus Crusade. The two men agreed that the Jewish leaders risked setting off anti-Semitic sentiment.
“What I really think is deep down in this country, there is a lot of anti-Semitism, and all this is going to do is stir it up,” Nixon said.
At another point he said: “It may be they have a death wish. You know that’s been the problem with our Jewish friends for centuries.”
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