Saturday, May 11, 2013

Old news? Watergate was ten months old when scandal broke wide open

Richard Milhous Obama
Luckily I'm old enough to remember the Watergate Scandal. Yeah, I was a kid, but I was a newshound then--and like most people back then, Watergate and its coverup didn't register with me as a big deal until ten months after the break-in at the headquarters of the Democratic Party, which occurred on June 16, 1972. Nixon's press secretary, Ron Ziegler, infamously dismissed that crime as a "third rate burglary."

What happened 10 months later? President Nixon asked for the resignation of two top aides--H.R. Haldeman and John Erlichman--and he fired another, John Dean. The summer of 1973 was the summer of Watergate.

It was downhill from there for Nixon--he resigned on August 8, 1974.

Scandals take a long time to play out.

The al Qaeda attacks on our consulate in Benghazi of course occurred last September 11.

But nine months later, Obama's press secretary Jay Carney is dismissing the Benghazi murders as something that "happened a long time ago."

Like Watergate, there was a Benghazi coverup.

Unlike Watergate, lives were lost at Benghazi.

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1 comment:

Tregonsee said...

Someone, perhaps George Will, observed during the (Bill) Clinton scandals that if Nixon had Clinton's press, he would have finished his second term, and been succeeded by Spiro Agnew. At least the MSM of that era actually covered them. Today, they barely do that. The IRS scandal will be harder to hide, since almost everybody knows and hates the IRS.