August 8 — What a difference a year makes.

  • 1973 — Vice President Spiro T. Agnew branded as “damned lies” reports he had taken kickbacks from government contracts in Maryland and vowed not to resign. He eventually did resign.
  • 1974 — President Nixon announced he would resign his office 12 PM Aug 9, following damaging revelations in the Watergate scandal.

  4 comments for “This Day in History

  1. August 8, 2018 at 8:36 AM

    Ah, the good old days. Amazing to look back at Nixon, Agnew, W, and think maybe they weren’t so bad after all…by comparison.

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  2. alstacer
    August 8, 2018 at 6:51 AM

    One of the few utterances from VP Agnew criticizing the press that stuck in my brain is this alliterative gem, he called them “the nattering nabobs of negativism”. That is so much more eloquent than yelling “Fake news” every time a member of the 4th Estate or today, anybody who has access to social media criticizes, someone in power. I really love Harry Truman’s pithy, humble retort about being assaulted by the press, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”

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    • August 8, 2018 at 7:10 AM

      I am amazed at how fast the bar has been lowered when it comes to political discourse in our country. It seems to be turning into an episode of the Gong Show.

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