Ellen (ennienyc) wrote,
Ellen
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Politics as usual

I just finished "All the President's Men" by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. I saw and enjoyed the movie, but had never read the book.

It was slow going, reading about painstaking shoe-leather reporting of this now-historic time. I wonder if ferreting out the story would have been easier in the Internet age. Maybe not, since the players would not have broadcast their activities on the Web.

I lived through the Watergate era. My mother yelled "Bitch! Bastard! Schmuck!" every night at the TV at the sight of Nixon's face. I was busy being a student and didn't pay close attention to what was going on.

I don't know if I'm jaded by subsequent events or just clueless, but what these guys did doesn't seem all that bad. Political espionage, dirty tricks, secret taping, and then covering it up? Don't all politicians do that?

What went on does seem worse than lying about sex with an intern.
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