40 Years After Nixon's Resignation

The "This Week" powerhouse roundtable reflects on President Richard Nixon's downfall.
2:56 | 08/10/14

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I want to turn to Richard Nixon. 40 years ago, Richard Nixon resigned. Cokie Roberts, hard to believe, you were already a reporter at the time. Well, you know, we covered the watergate, the lead-up to the resignation, to the actual resignation, I was living in Athens, Greece, my husband and I were reporters there, and watching that from afar was really quite something. But what it did teach us in a very important way was the tremendous strength of the American system and I remember a congressman coming up afterwards saying, you know the commander in chief of the United States armed forces was forced to leave office and not one soldier left his barracks to defend him. It never occurred to us that something like that would happen. But it was a very important lesson. To me, first of all, the reason I'm in politics is because of that. I was 12 years old. And probably a reason why Sheryl is an investigative reporter. I watched the hearings when I was on vacation in Michigan. I loved it. I think we're still dealing with the aftermath of that 40 years later. We lost our sense of leadership. We moved from skepticism to cynicsi M and much of that happened in the midst of water gate. The advancement of journalism was great. We also lost a sense of idealism with our politicians in Washington. Sheryl? I think we have gone backwards since that time where we felt empowered by journalists. I'd like to think what would happen today. In this kind of scandal. Nixon would basically refuse to turn over tapes to congress, his aides would refuse to testify to congress or would take the fifth or lie to congress today. They would be controversialized on social media by special and political interests. This is all very depressing. Then, at the end, Nixon would go on a popular late-night comedy show, during which time, he would refer to his attackers as political witch hunters. Lz, final thought on Richard Nixon's resignation. You weren't born -- But, actually, I was born. Barely. I was around. The thing that I find fascinating is that we're still Y focusing on watergate. Unfortunately, overshadows everything he was able to do especially in foreign policy. He created EPA. Which republicans probably now hate. As we're having this conversation about legalization of marijuana, he started the war on drugs. He was the one that put marijuana in the subject one characterization that marijuana now has. Okay, and we'll go back to foreign policy, because coming up, new military action in Iraq,

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