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Saturday, October 20, 2012

I'm Glad Richard Nixon Will Never Call Me with Condolences

Posted by on Sat, Oct 20, 2012 at 11:01 AM

BuzzFeed just published the phone call that Richard Nixon made to Joe Biden in 1972, when Biden's wife and daughter died in a car accident. It's vintage Nixon—awkward, direct, and convinced that political power is the most important thing in the world.

 

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notaboomer 1
seems like a nice condolence call to me.

biden a senator since 1972? that's what's wrong with america. entrenched much?
Posted by notaboomer on October 20, 2012 at 11:15 AM · Report this
levide 2
Experienced and qualified much?
Posted by levide on October 20, 2012 at 11:20 AM · Report this
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It was Nixon's voice, but I heard Romney. Same awkward coldness.
Posted by originalcinner on October 20, 2012 at 11:39 AM · Report this
notaboomer 4
obama's wars are much better than nixon's.
Posted by notaboomer on October 20, 2012 at 11:58 AM · Report this
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What a horrible attempt by Nixon to console a man whose wife & infant daughter just died & sons critically injured. That had to be painful for Joe.
Posted by TampaDink on October 20, 2012 at 12:03 PM · Report this
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Wow. What a tone-deaf condolence call.
Posted by JenV on October 20, 2012 at 12:12 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 7
@1,
What, we should replace all experienced people with rookies?

Get rid of all the doctors, pilots, and generals and replace them with med school students, kids who play flight simulators, and private Gomer Pyle.

Experienced politicians get shit done.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on October 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM · Report this
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@7, they sure do get shit done. Just look at Ted Kennedy. I mean in 1970 he worked to derail Carter's attempt to push through health insurance reform to further his plans to take the nomination from Carter in 1980. And you know what? He got that shit done! Well, derailing a large part of Carter's domestic agenda..the nomination not so much.

At least the nomination fight didn't hurt Carter against Reagan later that year.
Posted by Get 'er Done!! on October 20, 2012 at 12:38 PM · Report this
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Oh that was 1979, not 1970
Posted by Get 'er Done!! on October 20, 2012 at 12:39 PM · Report this
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Holy shit - what an amazing historical artifact. @5, I'm sure Biden was in terrible anguish, and viewed receiving that call as his duty. I doubt he was surprised Nixon did such a shitty job of it. Nixon had used his power to get longtime Delaware Sen. Boggs to try for another term. It was Boggs whom Biden managed to squeak past, running (per Wiki) on "withdrawal from Vietnam, the environment, civil rights, mass transit, more equitable taxation, health care, the public's dissatisfaction with politics-as-usual, and 'change'". (Sound familiar?)

He'd become Senator just a few weeks before Nixon made this awful call. And he had just turned 30. Here's a picture of him then, from this article examining why new senators are now so fucking old. http://www.salon.com/2012/05/19/be_like_…
Posted by gloomy gus on October 20, 2012 at 12:42 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 11
awkward - who doesn't feel awkward in giving condolences?

direct - well, most presidents and alpha-males are.

convinced that political power is the most important thing in the world - that's really milking it that Biden's wife was with him in a political victory and will be looking after him [e.g. from heaven]?

Your sentiments are a real stretch Paul Constant.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on October 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 12
Awkward as in hoping you choose the right words and are feeling a little nervous.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on October 20, 2012 at 12:53 PM · Report this
Apocynum 13
I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that Nixon was a hell of an introvert, which makes the awkwardness fit in a bit more.

Ahh, here it is!

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/arch…
Posted by Apocynum on October 20, 2012 at 12:54 PM · Report this
ArtBasketSara 14
This the last straw! I wanted to support a Nixon presidency but this has convinced me otherwise...
Posted by ArtBasketSara on October 20, 2012 at 1:02 PM · Report this
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Nixon ended the Vietnam War, opened up relations with China and the U.S.S.R., gave us the EPA, OSHA, and the Clean Air Act, and defended desegregation. (He also destroyed Chile's democratic socialist government, replacing it with a murderous dictatorship, but...) I actually prefer Nixon to Kennedy, and I'd take him over Dubya or Romney, who are a thousand times worse, any time of day, any day of the week.

I don't think that was such a bad condolences call. He sounded rather sweet. We can't expect him to be Bill Clinton.
Posted by floater on October 20, 2012 at 1:25 PM · Report this
Gay Dude for Romney 16
I wonder if George McGovern also had the courtesy to give Biden a condolence call?

Speaking of McGovern, a liberal icon, is in his final days. I really thought that The Stranger would have taken note of that. Do sloggers have to do everything around here?
Posted by Gay Dude for Romney http://mittromney.com on October 20, 2012 at 1:31 PM · Report this
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I never knew that had happened to Biden...
Posted by ryanmm on October 20, 2012 at 1:33 PM · Report this
TVDinner 18
Leave it to Phoebe to find Nixon sympathetic.
Posted by TVDinner http:// on October 20, 2012 at 1:39 PM · Report this
dangerousgift 19
Who knew Slog was a bastion of Nixon apologists?
Posted by dangerousgift on October 20, 2012 at 1:53 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 20
@18: Actually, I didn't say that. I was commenting on Paul's interpretation. Nixon could very well have cursed Biden and the democrats upon hanging up and grumbled for the rest of the day at how Pat or Rosemary Wood put him up to making the call.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on October 20, 2012 at 1:56 PM · Report this
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@18, read what 15 said. Nixon was an Obama moderate.
Posted by sarah70 on October 20, 2012 at 1:56 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 22
Oh dear, that's Rosemary Woods.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on October 20, 2012 at 1:59 PM · Report this
rob! 23
Re: Paul's dailykos link, I didn't tune in the veep debate, but I hope that in the post-event mikes-off handshake period Biden was all, like, "WTF, Munster?! Fuck you and the succubus that obviously crawled up your asshole last night!"
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on October 20, 2012 at 4:17 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 24
Nixon was one of the true middle class Presidents.

Of course the monarchists brought him down.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on October 20, 2012 at 4:24 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 25
Nixon was a pathetic closet case of a man. But he did bring us Amtrak, so he wasn't all bad.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay http://www.danlangdon.com on October 20, 2012 at 4:31 PM · Report this
this guy I know in Spokane 26
I couldn't listen past "...praying for you, and also, for your, uh, two children." Way to drive home the fact that he'd had three children until just recently. I mean, ouch. Jesus.
Posted by this guy I know in Spokane on October 20, 2012 at 5:31 PM · Report this
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WTF is wrong with you people? BREAKING NEWS!!! Nixon was a bit awkward in placing a condolence call.

Give him some credit: he made a pretty decent attempt at drawing on something they had in common -- being elected to Congress at a young age.
Posted by Punditwatch on October 20, 2012 at 5:57 PM · Report this
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@15 Nixon was more liberal than Obama. No question about that. More racist homophobic and more left leaning. Sad.
Posted by Hard Tack on October 20, 2012 at 6:03 PM · Report this
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@15 Sure, he ended the war, but only after an additional 21,000 American soldiers died on his watch, and who knows how many Vietnamese civilians. This was his "Secret Plan To End The War."

Please don't ever trust a Presidential candidate (*cough* Romney *cough*) with secret plans again.

Posted by Brooklyn Reader on October 20, 2012 at 6:40 PM · Report this
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Nixon was no closet case, if by that you met a closet homosexual. He had a Chinese mistress.

Posted by sarah70 on October 20, 2012 at 9:00 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 31
Nixon and Bebe Rebozo had, at the very least, something more than a "bromance".
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay http://www.danlangdon.com on October 20, 2012 at 10:03 PM · Report this
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The Chinese mistress was observed with Nixon by a number of people. I doubt if anyone observed Nixon and Rebozo in bed.
Posted by sarah70 on October 20, 2012 at 11:57 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 33
Well, some people saw some things..... Maybe the mistress was a beard/spy...

http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-12-…
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay http://www.danlangdon.com on October 21, 2012 at 7:40 AM · Report this
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@33: Wow. Dicky suck Bebe Dick.
Posted by Presidential Penis on October 21, 2012 at 2:13 PM · Report this
Michael of the Green 35
Today's GOP makes Nixon look reasonable. I miss my grandfather's republican party.
Posted by Michael of the Green on October 21, 2012 at 3:22 PM · Report this
Big Matt G 36
When we look back and think about all the things he's done, we will realize: Nixon's the one!
Posted by Big Matt G on October 21, 2012 at 3:26 PM · Report this
LogopolisMike 37
Thank God Nixon was wrong in 1962. We'll ALWAYS have him to kick around.
Posted by LogopolisMike http://logopolis.typepad.com on October 22, 2012 at 10:22 AM · Report this

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