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(Have to hurry here to make the obvious joke before everyone else does …)

Just in time for Christmas, the National Archives has released another 240 hours of White House tape recordings from then-President Richard Nixon.

The juicy bit concerns Nixon's thoughts on another former California governor — Ronald Reagan:

Talking politics with his chief of staff, H.R. Haldeman, at Camp David, Md., in August, Nixon switched the conversation to two Republican governors: Reagan and Nelson Rockefeller of New York. Both unsuccessfully sought the 1968 Republican presidential nomination that Nixon received.

Nixon described Rockefeller as "sort of bouncy and upbeat," while Reagan "just isn't pleasant to be around."

"No, he isn't," Haldeman said.

"I don't know. Maybe he's different with others," Nixon said.

"No, no, I don't think so," Haldeman said.

"He's just an uncomfortable man to be around — strange," Nixon said.

Responding to pressure from Republican activists upset over the criticism of their beloved Gipper, the National Archives has relented. Instead of being released directly to the public, the tapes will air on Showtime. (rimshot)

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  • Eli

    Actually the Nixon box-set joke was more or less made by the late genius Veronica Geng in 1982, when Nixon lost his appeal to block the first public release of the tapes. She did a dead-on parody of annoying rock critic Robert Christgau reviewing the material. Sample:
    “Nixon, Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Dean, & Mitchell: Inaudible (Sony). Dumb title, and every word of it is true. Either Butterfield was asleep at the switch or this is a concept move for the Japanese abstraction market–a waste of vinyl and, with Mitchell sitting in, an even worse waste of Enchilada exotica. Giveaway: “Yeah, yeah–the way, yeah, yeah, I understand. Postponed–right, right, yeah/Yeah, yeah/Right/Yeah/(Inaudible).” But they’ve never sounded looser. C PLUS”
    It’s in her book Love Trouble which every American should own.

  • http://ilx.wh3rd.net/thread.php?showall=true&msgid=6690413#6694342 I Love Music

    Do you ever read one of Christgau’s reviews and go, What the hell is he talking about?

    Actually the Nixon box-set joke was more or less made by the late genius Veronica Geng in 1982, when Nixon lost his appeal to block the first public release of the tapes. She did a dead-on parody of annoying rock critic Robert Christgau reviewing the m…