#1 By: Mark Frauenfelder, August 9th, 2013 12:20
#2 By: xzzy, August 9th, 2013 12:22
Also on this day, 25 years ago, Wayne Gretzky was traded to the LA Kings.
#3 By: Mindy Clegg, August 9th, 2013 12:25
But he'll be back...
#4 By: fuzzyfuzzyfungus, August 9th, 2013 12:30
How the hell do you deliver a letter addressed to "The Honorable Henry A. Kissinger"? Is there a different guy that I don't know about?
#5 By: Mindy Clegg, August 9th, 2013 12:34
Nixon liked him... you know, despite him being Jewish. The war criminal nature of Kissinger just made him all the more attractive to a guy like Nixon.
Also, I tried for like 2 seconds to find a Dr. Killinger gif from Venture Brothers, but you'll just have to live with the Nixon one from Futurama above...
#6 By: fuzzyfuzzyfungus, August 9th, 2013 12:38
I wasn't worried about Nixon; but trying to imagine a poor mailman or executive branch intern flunky wandering around, scratching his head, and looking for somebody fitting that description.
#7 By: Mindy Clegg, August 9th, 2013 12:49
Sadly, I think a fair number of people don't see Kissinger as a war criminal, but as a pragmatic diplomat who almost single handedly created detente and reapproachment, and eventually did wind down Vietnam. I disagree, but he still has enormous cache in many circles.
#8 By: bryan, August 9th, 2013 13:00
I happen to be reading Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail and am only ninety pages in... a spoiler warning would have been nice!
#9 By: CSBD, August 9th, 2013 13:41
I have been using his resignation letter for years... whenever I quit a job (and have accepted another position), I print out a copy of his and use a red or blue pen to cross out his info and add in mine.
#10 By: mmrtnt, August 9th, 2013 13:53
Coincidentally, President Obama is going to give a speech about the NSA surveillance today. I wondered if it's possible that this scandal could bring him down.
It reminded me of Pres. Nixon claiming he was not a criminal and that image of him giving the peace sign to the cameras as he climbed into a helicopter.
#11 By: lasermike026, August 9th, 2013 14:05
Obama is done. He can make it easier on himself and everyone else if he would resign. I think impeachment proceedings can start.
#12 By: ocschwar, August 9th, 2013 14:10
For all of his cynical willingness to do anythign to obtain and retain power, Nixon's actual policies while in power make me miss him. And I was born after he died.
#13 By: c, August 9th, 2013 14:33
I've always thought it was weird that Jerry Garcia died on the same day 21 years later.
#14 By: Ken, August 9th, 2013 15:06
That's just the tip of the iceberg... it turns out lots of things have happened on August 9!
#15 By: c, August 9th, 2013 15:41
I always pictured some older Deadheads celebrating Nixon's resignation on that day every year, but then having a weird cognitive dissonance/ zen moment on that day in 1995.
#16 By: Jim_Kirk, August 9th, 2013 15:42
It's like over 0.27% of all things have happened on August 9. Mind = blown!
(Except back when there wasn't an August, of course.)
#17 By: Ken, August 9th, 2013 16:06
So wait... if Augustus Caesar hadn't defeated Antony at Actium, then there never would have been a month called "August," and Nixon never would have resigned and Jerry would still be alive! WHOA!!!!!!
#18 By: bombblastlightningwaltz, August 9th, 2013 22:16
Especially neat-o about Nixon and lesser too Gretzk cause he fouled on Gilmour during the Leafs run for the cup. But whatever. Oh right, especially August 9 1974 was a friday like today is. But you know, the referees that night in game 6 were on L.A.'s side during the Campbell conference.
#19 By: bombblastlightningwaltz, August 9th, 2013 23:24
There is a Chinese character printed on the page with a time noted. Strange.
#20 By: Jeremiah Blatz, August 9th, 2013 23:46
And yet for all the hate, he was more progressive and authorized less domestic surveillance than Obama.
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