Richard Nixon Didn’t Think Girls Should Cuss Like Common Jews, Rachel Maddow Is On It (Video)
It is no secret that we are totally gay for Rachel Maddow, who thinks that Yr. Wonkette is “profane and wonderful.” And Thursday she was in Full Nerdgirl mode, geeking out over newly-discovered audiotapes from Richard Nixon’s infamous Oval Office recording trove. But in these 1971 recordings, Nixon’s not plotting to cover up Watergate or fulminating about his enemies. Instead, these tapes captured the President having a philosophical chat with Henry Kissinger and H.R. Haldeman about “the gay thing” Nixon insists he’s very tolerant, understands that “They’re born that way,” and then goes on to explain,
By God, I am not going to have a situation where we pass along a law indicating, “Well, now, kids, just go out and be gay.” They can do it. Just leave them alone. That’s a lifestyle I don’t want to touch…
And then we get to the even crazier, more purely Nixonesque moment: Richard Nixon wondering out loud why it is that “girls don’t swear,” and being slightly astonished when Haldeman bursts his bubble, telling him that girls do in fact swear. Or at least they do nowadays. Almost any politician could have said that two-faced stuff about tolerating the gay but not wanting to encourage it, but only Richard Milhous Nixon would be taken aback to learn that women actually cuss. But he’s still pretty sure the smart ones don’t.
And because it’s always (burp!) hilarious, we’re including Maddow’s teaser clip of Lyndon Johnson ordering pants, which we’ll agree remains the greatest presidential audiotape of all time. The Nixon stuff is funny because it’s new, but we doubt any president will ever say anything on mic that could rival LBJ complaining about pants cuttin’ his nuts like sittin’ on barbed wire.