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  •  never said that religious extremists were the only (16+ / 0-)

    crazy awful people! Dick Cheney isn't religious, as far as I know, and he qualifies as one of the worst people.

    While Democrats work to get more people to vote, Republicans work to ensure those votes won't count.

    by Tamar on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 05:45:02 PM PST

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    •  Well, his boss was for sure (3+ / 0-)
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    •  Uhhh.... they were crazy religious people too. (4+ / 0-)

      Bush didn't work with anyone who wasn't.

      •  Nixon kneeling with Kissinger (3+ / 0-)
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        in the white house is the image that comes to my mind.

        fact does not require fiction for balance (proudly a DFH)

        by mollyd on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 09:24:33 PM PST

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        •  Hmm, sadly (ha ha) I missed that one (0+ / 0-)

          but in the case of those two particular individuals, I suspect that was all a case of SNL Jon Lovitz-type "acting"

          Scarily, for more modern day Republican nutcases, I equally strongly suspect that the "acting" descriptor no longer applies. Ugh.

          •  famous incident (1+ / 0-)
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            President Nixon started crying.  At first, it was a teary-eyed hope that his resignation wouldn’t overshadow his long career, but soon, it broke down into sobbing as the President lamented the failures and the disgrace he had brought to his country.  Nixon — a man who never wore his Quaker religion on his sleeve — turned to Kissinger and asked him if he would pray with him.  Despite being Jewish, Kissinger felt he had no choice but to kneel with the President as Nixon prayed for peace — both for his country and for himself.

            After finishing his prayer, Nixon remained in a kneeling position while silently weeping, tears streaming down the large jowls often caricatured by political cartoonists.  Kissinger looked over and saw the President lean down, burying his face in the Lincoln Sitting Room’s carpet and slamming his fist against the ground crying, “What have I done?  What has happened?”.  Nixon and Kissinger both disliked physical affection and Nixon in particular hated being touched, but Kissinger didn’t know any other way to console his weary, broken boss.  Softly patting Nixon’s back at first, Kissinger embraced Nixon in a hug and held the President of the United States until he calmed down and the tears stopped flowing.  Kissinger helped Nixon up to his feet and the men shared another drink, talking openly about what role Nixon could have in the future as a former President.

            When Kissinger returned to his office a little later, he couldn’t even begin to explain what had happened to his top aides, Brent Scowcroft and Lawrence Eagleburger.  Kissinger was saddened and shocked, and Eagleburger noted that he had never seen the Secretary of State so moved by something.  A few minutes later, Nixon called Kissinger’s office and Eagleburger listened in on the call on another extension.  The President was clearly drunk and again thanked Kissinger for visiting him, imploring him to help Ford in the same way he had helped Nixon.

            Before hanging up, Nixon pleaded with Kissinger, “Henry, please don’t ever tell anyone that I cried and that I was not stron

            http://deadpresidents.tumblr.com/...

            fact does not require fiction for balance (proudly a DFH)

            by mollyd on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 01:23:01 PM PST

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            •  That's a very touching anecdote for sure (2+ / 0-)
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              (no pun intended, as far as you know).

              Now, if the whole thing only occurred in a prison setting where both of them richly deserved to be . ..

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