Checkers Speech Anniversary

Saturday will be the 60th anniversary of Nixon’s famous Checkers Speech, in which he detailed the disclosure of his finances, setting the stage for financial disclosure requirements.  During the speech he requested his opponents do the same, and went on to say that if they don’t it can only mean that they have something to hide.

plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.





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38 responses to “Checkers Speech Anniversary

  1. tempebev

    My, how timely for Mittens. Wonder if he’s aware of this historical day and it’s significance? Jon Stewart’s Wed. show was soooo good. Imagine how something said in1998 is comparable with something said in 5/12. Fox is looking for the proverbial needle.

    • dnd

      During an interview early this evening with Radio Iowa, Mrs. Romney directly addressed her fellow Republicans who’ve criticized her husband.
      “Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring,” she said. “This is hard and, you know, it’s an important thing that we’re doing right now and it’s an important election and it is time for all Americans to realize how significant this election is and how lucky we are to have someone with Mitt’s qualifications and experience and know-how to be able to have the opportunity to run this country.”

  2. tempebev

    Sort of sounds like a first grade teacher telling her class to stop whining because she knows better.

    • dnd

      Sounds to me like “You people don’t know how lucky you are to have Mitt.” Sounds like a condescending employer talking to the help.

  3. tempebev

    Your interp is better than mine. Let’s see how releasing his taxes helps his campaign. I’m sure it will convince me to change from O to R.

    • dnd

      ” I’m sure it will convince me to change from O to R.”

      LOL Bev!

      • dnd

        More reflections on Ann’s statement:
        ” how lucky we are to have someone with Mitt’s qualifications and experience and know-how to be able to have the opportunity to run this country.”

        Presidents don’t “run” the country, they lead the country. Dictators “run” countries.

        Maybe Ann thinks countries are corporations, since Mittens thinks corporations are people too.

  4. At least they kept the dog. Go, Checkers.

    Good morning all. Happy earliest fall out there.

    Have been out knocking doors for Obama campaign. Finding more Obama supporters than I would think in some neighborhoods. Romney campaign has LOTS of signs out, but not much groundwork. So, a lot of Obama supporters are telling me they think they are the only ones in their immediate area.

    And they so are not! Very happy to bring that message.

  5. tempebev

    I was not thrilled to receive a political phone call at 7:45 am this Sunday morning (even if it was Democratic). I think a “Political Do Not Call” list should be established. I intensity dislike all political phone calls.

    However, points to you, Dog, for volunteering. Just don’t call me.

  6. Yes points to Dog. I’ve been very surprised at seeing more Obama bumper stickers here in Louisville than Romney. I think the repugs are seeing the handwriting on the wall and throwing in the towel.

  7. So according to Romney’s statement yesterday the reason he’s doing so poorly is because the Obama campaign is doing such a good job. So in other words what he’s saying is “I really suck at this so vote for me”. Do I have that right?

    • dnd

      Romney returned to Pueblo, CO today. Since I’m sure his campaign knows that Pueblo is solidly blue, I wonder what the motive is. And I wonder if he had to bus in supporters so he wouldn’t have a crowd of a half-dozen.

  8. tempebev

    Boy Scouts loses donor:
    The Boy Scouts of America has lost one of its biggest corporate donors, Chandler-based Intel, who announced Sunday they will no longer fund the organization until gay Scouts and leaders are welcome within the organization.
    Eagle Scout Zach Wahls, founder of Scouts for Equality, launched a campaign urging Intel to pull funding from the Boy Scouts after a report revealed the company gave nearly $700,000 to the Boy Scouts in 2010.
    “Intel made the right decision here, in order to live up to their corporate values of diversity, equality and individual liberty,” said Wahls. “Companies that support the LGBT community simply can’t be in the business of funding organizations that discriminate.
    In a statement released Friday, Intel’s Chief Diversity Officer, Rosalind Hudnell, said that the company could no longer fund the Boy Scouts of America, so long as the Scouts stand by their long-held policy barring gay troops and leaders from participating in the organization.
    Intel is one of the largest employers in the Valley.

    • dnd

      When Romney, expressing concern when his wife’s campaign plane had an electrical fire, mentioned there’s no way to get oxygen into the cabin. This made me wonder when the last time it was he flew commercial.

      When you fly commercial, after the doors close and before you take off the flight attendants inform passengers of four things: 1) how to buckle and unbuckle your safety belt, 2) where the exit rows are, 3) how to put on a life vest, and 4) those little yellow oxygen masks that’ll drop down if needed.

    • dnd

      Romney will have to do something miraculous to pull this off, and given his recent performance, doing something miraculous would indeed be a miracle.

  9. Stick a fork in him, he’s done!

  10. tempebev

    Still waiting to see how he does in the debate next week. Has to do better than he’s been doing this week.

  11. If there still using Diebold Voting Machines than it could very well give $Rmoney a win in Ohio. That’s how they stole the election for Bush.

    Remember its not how many votes the President gets, it’s who counts the votes that determines who wins. And we all know the Republican Fascist Nazi Party is not beyond cheating and stealing the election if their voter suppression fails.

    Have a great evening.

  12. Hello there, backchannel.

    Bev: your 7:45 a political call — on a Sunday (!) morning. Makes me think it’s (a) somebody calling from out of state who paid no attention whatsoever to the time difference or (b) are you sure it WAS Democratic call? Rat-fracking, maybe, by non-Democrats.

    We never contact anyone before about 11:00 a.m. on Sundays; think canvassing starts about noon.

    Gonna be so interesting to watch next week’s debate. Thursday, I believe.

    Very concerned about voter suppression. Although would guess Pennsylvania courts will strike down its voter ID law next week. (If nothing else, virtually no time to comply with requirements this election cycle, if it stands).

    Going to see The Afghan Whigs in concert tonight.

  13. tempebev

    Dog – the first debate is on Wednesday, Oct 3. Hope you had a good time at the concert.

    • dnd

      As to the debates, Bev is correct. It’s Wednesday in Denver. though I’m sure Bev will be watching the Rockies play the Diamondbacks in their last game of the season.

      A lot of pundits say that Romney is the better debater. I don’t buy it, but even if he is, and even if technically he does better, these are not really debates. They are an opportunity for the undecided to determine whom they like better. And on that, I think advantage Obama, as Romney is not very likable. Just ask Shamus the dog…

  14. Breaking News Alert
    The New York Times
    Saturday, September 29, 2012 — 10:21 AM EDT

    Arthur O. Sulzberger, Publisher Who Transformed The Times, Dies at 86

    Arthur O. Sulzberger, Publisher Who Transformed The Times, Dies at 86

    Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, who shaped the destiny of The New York Times for 34 years as its publisher and as chairman and chief executive of its parent company, died Saturday at his home in Southampton, N.Y. He was 86.

  15. tempebev

    ha ha ha! Bev will be watching the debates.

    • dnd

      Well Bev, I’m seriously conflicted. On the one hand, it is the last game of the season for both teams. Neither has much to play for and they’ll likely be playing mostly prospects. It’ll be a AAA game. And we won’t see them again until April (ok, you’ll be able to see them at spring training, but not the rest of us).

      On the other hand the debate is at the University of Denver, and will be the subject of a huge amount of pre-debate speculation, and an ever larger amount of post-debate speculation.

      I think my TV’s remote control will be getting a serious workout Wednesday evening 😉

  16. Wednesday it is.

    RE Sulzberger: hope (and think) the NYTimes has better management/heirs in place.

    Katharine Graham’s heirs trashed The Washington Post in the years since her death during the summer of 2001. Sucking up to people who will never respect the paper anyway.

  17. Dog his son has been running the paper for quite a few years now.

  18. tempebev

    D- don’t you have tivo? To be really honest, we haven’t watched a D-back game for a while. All the players we knew when they won the Series are gone. Don’t know anyone anymore. You sound like a much bigger fan than us.

  19. Morning gang,

    Anyone up for some old fashioned live blogging tomorrow night while watching the debate?

  20. Yes! Absolutely.

    Drinking game? For “deficit”, “47%”, “job creators”, “working Americans”. What else?

    We’ll stay sober if we wait for “George W. Bush” or “Dick Cheney.”

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