LBJ on Nixon

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Wed Nov 30 17:12:37 UTC 2005

I suppose the idea is that Nixon spoiled the presidency?  Had used the
powers of the office and the claim of "executive privelege" so basely
that future presidents would be unable to do the modest (?) level of
conniving that LBJ, JFK, DDE, at al. had done?


George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much lately.

----- Original Message -----
From: Fred Shapiro <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU>
Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2005 9:15 pm
Subject: Re: LBJ on Nixon

> On Thu, 10 Nov 2005, George Thompson wrote:
> > I recall reading somewhere many years ago that Lyndon Johnson
> had said
> > that Nixon had done to the Presidency what pantyhose had done to
> > finger-fucking.
> I guess I'm dense.  I have to admit I don't understand the
> metaphor: Nixon
> made the Presidency less fun?  Can someone please explain?
> Fred Shapiro
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