Wednesday, December 3, 2008

write that on the blackboard

Some 200 hours of former president Richard Nixon's tapes were released yesterday, revealing even more examples of the creepy paranoia that marked his presidency. Case in point, this admonition to his staff after he had won his second election, by a landslide:

"Never forget, the press is the enemy. The press is the enemy. The press is the enemy. The establishment is the enemy. The professors are the enemy. The professors are the enemy. Write that on the blackboard 100 times and never forget it."

A badge of honor, times two. bk

3 comments:

Alice Joy said...

Well here's to the enemy, then! When I was working at the small paper in Hollister, it always surprised me how many people were willing to tell me to my face that I, as a member of the media, was the enemy. Even when I was writing a fluff piece about a dog washing business! Ah well.

shannon shenanigans said...

And here you thought it was the students saying that. I heard a bit of this on NPR yesterday -- couldn't have sounded creepier if he'd tried.

matt c said...

The establishment is the enemy? I thought the government was the establishment...