We had a brief discussion recently about what some of us remember about the Watergate hearings, for those who were too young to have paid much attention or weren’t even around at the time. Recently, I read an opinion column from someone who talked about his remembrance of knowing when the endgame had been started during the Watergate saga and his prediction that it has begun for Trump. I thought we might add some of our remembrances of Watergate.
But, I hesitated to start this topic for 2 reasons, 1) That I hate to admit even to myself that I’m that old! and 2) Didn’t want this to seem like an extension of a discussion we had where another poster and I disagreed about whether Nixon should be pardoned–which it isn’t, because this is kind of what it sounded like and felt like to us watching during the hearings. What occurred to me was that those of you wanting to know what Watergate felt like needed to actually hear some of the major players. When I think of Watergate, my first thought is: BARBARA JORDAN. A congresswoman from Houston who sounded not at all like a Texan and had this majestic voice. So, I went to YouTube and found a copy of the speech that Jordan gave and I had remembered the first part of it, (being left out of the Constitution) but not the unparalleled eloquence of the rest. It should speak to us even today.
I hope that others will join with their memories to try and give the interested younger folks some sense of that time, apart from what the Talking Heads and TV historians have to offer.