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Library Throws Book at Nixon (Nixon Haters Now Run Nixon Library)
The Orange County Register ^ | September 4, 2011 | Brian Calle

Posted on 09/04/2011 7:00:48 PM PDT by Rufii

Library Throws Book at Nixon

by Brian Calle

Some controversy over the recently revised Watergate exhibit at the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda has provoked some questions over presidential libraries, their value, purpose for public consumption and their role in the remembrance of past presidents.

One docent at the Nixon library, my Register colleague Will Alexander, opted to resign in protest of the new exhibit after 10 years of volunteer service. And friends and former colleagues of Richard Nixon have been critical of the museum's new director, Timothy Naftali. Some critics have even suggested that the Nixon library is becoming an anti-Nixon monument.

On March 31, the library opened a new exhibit on the Watergate scandal that forced Nixon to resign the presidency in 1974. It replaced the original Watergate exhibit, which dated back 15 years and in which Nixon was involved in curating. The new exhibit offers a much harsher depiction of Watergate.

The visual imagery and titles reflect a strongly critical vibe, if not a completely anti-Nixon tone to the presentation. The start of the gallery features big, bold, red and black letters spelling out “Road to Resignation.” Other parts of the exhibit are labeled “Dirty Tricks and Political Espionage” and “The Cover-Up, Break-In and Evidence,” just to give a few examples. After walking through the gallery, one would be hard pressed to feel warm and fuzzy about the former president, who died in 1994 and is buried on the library grounds.


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: algerhiss; bruceherschensohn; california; herschensohn; hiss; naftali; nara; nixon; nixonlibrary; richardnixon; rmn; rn; yorbalinda
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1 posted on 09/04/2011 7:00:52 PM PDT by Rufii
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To: Rufii
Filthy hippies.

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2 posted on 09/04/2011 7:04:47 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a Permenant Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Rufii.


3 posted on 09/04/2011 7:06:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Rufii

It seems to be a weakness of our system that we cannot easily create organizations that are not stealthily taken over by leftists for their own purposes. Perhaps this is because leftists are inherently decietful. I am not sure, but we clearly need a way to prevent this kind of stealth takeover.


4 posted on 09/04/2011 7:06:23 PM PDT by marktwain (In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: Rufii

same ol’, same ol’,

the family couldn’t get along with each other,

later they turned it over to the government, and the

government is socialist.


5 posted on 09/04/2011 7:09:16 PM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: Rufii

The Presidential Libraries are monuments to the egos of these guys.


6 posted on 09/04/2011 7:10:55 PM PDT by cydcharisse (`)
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To: Rufii

I’m guessing that the book “Silent Coup” (implicates John Dean behind most of the nastiness) isn’t on display?


7 posted on 09/04/2011 7:13:24 PM PDT by 21twelve (Obama Recreating the New Deal: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts)
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To: Rufii

Related question: Will the next presidential Liebrary be built in Kenya or in Sunny Indonesia?


8 posted on 09/04/2011 7:14:02 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: cydcharisse

Nixon was probably one of the lesser egos among modern presidents.


9 posted on 09/04/2011 7:15:13 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a Permenant Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: Revolting cat!

Levenworth or gitmo


10 posted on 09/04/2011 7:16:46 PM PDT by al baby (Is that old windbag still on the air ?)
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To: Revolting cat!

“Related question: Will the next presidential Liebrary be built in Kenya or in Sunny Indonesia?”

It should be on the site of his ancestral hut.


11 posted on 09/04/2011 7:18:38 PM PDT by jessduntno (Obama shanks. America tanks.)
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To: Rufii
one would be hard pressed to feel warm and fuzzy about the former president

With all due respect (and there are some things to admire about RMN) I don't believe I will ever feel "warm and fuzzy" about the guy. He was not, overall, a credit to the office of the presidency.

12 posted on 09/04/2011 7:18:38 PM PDT by newheart (When does policy become treason?)
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To: Rufii

I think I guessed right. Here’s from an article from 2009:

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Shortly after becoming director of the Nixon Library in 2007, Dr. Timothy Naftali invited the nation’s press in to witness the removal of the Nixon Library’s Watergate exhibit. Declaring, “I can’t run a shrine,” he gleefully presided over the destruction of the exhibit, which resulted in numerous articles reporting that the “whitewash of Watergate” was over at the Nixon Library.

Dr. Naftali went on to assert, “The challenge is to present a controversial, traumatic and important story in a fair and historically accurate way.” By any measure, he has failed his own definition of success. Two years later, there’s still no Watergate exhibit. And nothing points to that failure more persuasively than his hosting of John Dean at the Nixon Library.

Allowing John Dean to appear, without any counterbalance on the program, is not fair. Neither does it serve historical accuracy. It is, to put it charitably, nothing more than a cheap publicity stunt, unworthy of any presidential library operated by the National Archives.


13 posted on 09/04/2011 7:21:05 PM PDT by 21twelve (Obama Recreating the New Deal: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts)
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To: newheart

From my perspective Nixon was considerably more honest than the past few democrat presidents. In fact. had Obama been a republican, he would have been impeached and convicted by now.


14 posted on 09/04/2011 7:21:22 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a Permenant Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: Rufii
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15 posted on 09/04/2011 7:21:33 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: marktwain
Perhaps this is because leftists are inherently deceitful

That and inherently obsessed with power and control. They are drawn to positions where they can throw their weight around like flies to sh*t.

16 posted on 09/04/2011 7:24:23 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: marktwain

It will not change the fact that the two worst recent Presidents were Democrats, and one of them when not golfing, or on vacation is the next President to lose in a giant land slide, the other one lost in a giant land slide, drools on Himself and still to this day embarrasses the Nation with His antics. There is no need for signs or protests, These two bozos speak for them selves, and accurately reflect the values and positions of their socialist party.


17 posted on 09/04/2011 7:25:25 PM PDT by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: marktwain
It seems to be a weakness of our system that we cannot easily create organizations that are not stealthily taken over by leftists for their own purposes. Perhaps this is because leftists are inherently deceitful. I am not sure, but we clearly need a way to prevent this kind of stealth takeover.

Note that leftists target institutions such as colleges and the federal judiciary for takeover. Once they're in charge of these institutions, they cannot be dislodged by simply voting them out, as is the case with legislative bodies.

This is the case with the Nixon Library. Although it is subject to congressional oversight as part of the National Archives and Records Administration, it will be all but impossible to dislodge the leftists who now run it--unless a new Republican administration appoints as National Archivist an activist determined to clean up the National Archives.

18 posted on 09/04/2011 7:27:08 PM PDT by Rufii
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19 posted on 09/04/2011 7:27:45 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a Permenant Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: 21twelve
I’m guessing that the book “Silent Coup” (implicates John Dean behind most of the nastiness) isn’t on display?

It most certainly is not.

20 posted on 09/04/2011 7:28:30 PM PDT by Rufii
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