Richard Nixon. (AP Photo)
There’s a new documentary film making the festival circuit and due to hit theaters in September titled Our Nixon. It’s based on recently released home movies shot during his White House years by top aides H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and Dwight Chapin—before all three resigned and went to (country club) prison, that is. It will be shown on CNN starting August 1.
They’ve sent me a screener and I’ll be doing a full review shortly at The Nation. But the film also includes snippets of dialogue from the Nixon tapes, and other audio tapes, and a highlight (or lowlight) is the president, Haldeman and Ehrlichman discussing an episode of the then-new TV series All in the Family.
Nixon had just stumbled on it, searching for a baseball game, and was shocked by its glorification of “queers,” “fags” and “homos,” and the “hippie-son-in-law,” over the “hardhat” Archie.
“Do you know what happened to the Romans? The last six Roman emperors were fags. The last six. Nero had a public wedding to a boy. Yeah.” And: “You know what happened to the popes? It’s all right that popes were laying the nuns, that’s been going on for years, centuries.” Dope, “immorality” and homosexuality threatening to destroy USA—that’s why lefties are pushing them. And don’t get Nixon started on the Jews and blacks!
Remembering the Nixon impeachment saga.