The lack of honesty following glaring humiliation brought on by dizzying hubris destroyed a President of the United States.
The hubris in the White House just after Richard Nixon’s 49-state romp over George McGovern in 1972 was so intense the looming Watergate crisis faded behind the glimmer. Ultimately the exploding supernova would fill the whole political sky, but in those early days just after Nixon’s second term inauguration, the attitude was: “Watergate crisis? What Watergate crisis?”
Nixon probably could have redeemed his ailing presidency with searing honesty. He might have squeezed benefit from the humiliation of the Watergate break-in, and doused the hubris that was drowning the White House in pride and egoism.
Instead, Nixon had to endure the further humiliation of the White House tapes, which stripped his character naked before the whole world, exposing hypocrisy and a web of lies.
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