For one thing, the story that a docent had called the director a fag is apparently untrue. According to one who witnessed the incident, the docent in question was engaged in a heated argument with the director but never used that slur, or any other foul language.
Martelle, the writer, asserts that The Watergate scandal had been reduced to a single snippet of tape and dismissed as an overthrow perpetrated by Nixons political enemies In fact, the Watergate display was the largest one in the museum and placed the scandal in its historical context. For more information, surf over here http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2274484/posts
Martelle also contends that for serious scholars of the presidency, all the best Nixon material was still on the East Coast. The librarys collection on the West Coast was limited to his personal papers, dating before and after he became chief executive, and the papers of some of his friends. In fact, the National Archives, by law, has custody of the presidential papers, so the Nixon Library had no choice but to become a National Archives facility in order to receive them.
He goes on to say that old habits and suspicions die hard. In March 2005, Taylor canceled an academic conference on Nixon and Vietnam that would have included such Nixon critics as Stanley I. Kutler and Richard Reeves. Taylor blamed a lack of advance commitments by academics and concern that the library would lose money. The academics read the last-minute decision as a refusal by Taylor and Nixons protectors to turn independent scholars loose on hallowed ground Some of them feared the incident signaled that Nixonian paranoia at the library might continue on into the National Archives era.
In fact, sources close to John Taylor told me that the conference was, indeed, cancelled out of concern that it be a money-loser for the library, and not because of any paranoia. The library, after all, was a private institution that couldnt rely on taxpayers to bail it out.
Martelles article provides a lot of insightful information as to what is going on at the Nixon Library, but caveat lector.
If anyone caught Schwarzenegger’s 2004 GOP speech at the primaries, he tells the story about coming to America and the 1st political debate he saw was Nixon vs Mcgovern (I think it was Mcgovern)..
He asked the person beside him in broken English who were those people. The other guy explained. Ahnold then says..
‘That Democrat guy kept talking about communism which I escaped from. I cant stand his politics. This Nixon guy was talking about freedom this and that, to work hard, reach your goals..from now I;ll be a Republican.’
Miss him yet? You bet.
“our most divisive modern president”
The hivemind never reboots.
Maybe the docents should tell visitors that Noam Chomsky called Nixon, “the last of the liberal presidents.”
About Nixon, the irony is hat he was a liberal Republican, quite different in his orientation from Reagan. As for his anti-communism, I think the negative attention he got from the Establishment because of the Hiss affair, seems to have changed him personally. He didn’t have the self-confidence that Reagan had, the need to “prove” himself. ‘If you know you’re right, then go ahead!”
Even the subtitle of this article is inaccurate. President Nixon no longer has the distinction of being our “most divisive modern president.” President Obama has laid claim to that.
I wonder if the Clinton Library has a director equally dedicated to making his library tell the truth.
The left never forgiven Nixon for being right about Helen Douglas and Alger Hiss. They have an irresistible need to pee on his grave.
One display there oughta be, Naftali, in the interest of historic accuracy, is Nixon’s birth certificate. But you won’t have the guts or integrity to put that one up. I’m hopeful the docents still have charge of the gift shop where they can sell postcards of the same, and Walker in charge of the parking lot where decals for staff parking could have the birth cert as background.
I wonder if the libraries for Kennedy, Johnson, Carter and Clinton try to tell the “truth” at their libraries? /s.