Our Nixon….

Our Nixon….

Photo credit: AFI & The Nixon Library

Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States from 1969 to 1974. He was the only president to resign the office. He graced the cover of TIME magazine 56 times. He would have been 100 years old this year. To say the least, he never fails to fascinate…….or haunt us. He had a dark side.


AFI DOCS Film Festival panel

Edward Calvert Nixon, the youngest and last surviving brother of President Nixon, has been making the rounds on television the last few days in conjunction with OUR NIXON that aired on CNN last night. The physical resemblence and gesturing to his brother is eerie, haunting.  Here is Edward Calvert Nixon in an unrelated clip courtesy of The Nixon Library.

OUR NIXON was previously screened in collaboration with the National Archives on June 23rd as part of AFI Docs Film Festival in Washington, D.C. which was followed by a panel discussion featuring two former members of the Nixon Administration – special assistant Dwight Chapin and speechwriter Lee Huebner.  CNN anchor Jake Tapper of The Lead, moderated the discussion.  You can read about that here.

Discovery Channel brought in The Watergate players in April for a Red Carpet event with Robert Redford, Ben Bradlee, Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward and all the other game changers that are still alive. You can read about that here.

Last year in May the anniverary of Watergate was celebrated at, well, The Watergate.  You can read about that here.

Each time a new documentary or book or essay or reflection on the presidency of Richard Milhous Nixon surfaces – we watch, we read, we listen.  Each time we pick up a new angle, a new tidbit.  But in the end, he was a brilliant man who destroyed himself through his own insecurities.  Sad.

 The CNN trailer: