Tricky Dick Nixon Gay Talk in New Book Swatted Down by Loyalist John H. Taylor

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Dick and Bebe
Dick & Bebe sittin' in a tree . . . A new book's assertion that Richard M. Nixon may have shared his Tricky Dicky with longtime pal Charles "Bebe" Rebozo lights up the blogosphere and media world. It also ticks off one of the 37th president's greatest local boosters. "Not true, take it from me," says former Nixon chief of staff and Library & Birthplace executive director-turned-Episcopalian priest, John H. Taylor.

The full quote, on Taylor's The Episconixonian blog:

"Not true--take it from me, his former chief of staff, executor, and library director, and from Kathy O'Connor, his last chief of staff. We were around him for tens of thousands of hours, and the gaydar registered zero. The needle never flickered. Nixon was heterosexual. He loved smart, attractive women, flirted with them keenly if ineptly, and had no sexual energy whatsoever with men."

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Nixon, John Taylor and child
Do straight men have gaydar? Anyway: according to a London Daily Mail story on veteran Washington reporter Don Fulsom's book Nixon's Darkest Secrets: The Inside Story of America's Most Troubled President, which comes out (ha!) the end of next month, Nixon is not only accused of possibly being swishy but of beating his wife, having a serious drinking problem and being linked since his 1969 inauguration to the Chicago Mafia.

Taylor takes offense at each notion and believes Fulsom is relying on bombshells long since discredited in Anthony Summers' 2000 book The Arrogance of Power. For instance, on Dick's 53-year marriage to Patricia Nixon being "little more than a sham" and the President calling his First Lady a "fucking bitch" and his beating her before, during and after his presidency, Taylor writes:

No one close to Nixon has ever said or intimated that they saw or heard anything remotely like this. Summers' principal source was a former uniformed Secret Service agent who would rarely if ever have been in the White House family quarters. I learned about him after one of Nixon's former pilots overheard the man bragging in a bar about his coming star turn with a British TV crew that was promoting the Summers book. The man's allegations were probably known to Watergate reporter Bob Woodward, who had a family connection with the source, and Pulitzer Prize winner (and thoroughgoing Nixon critic) Seymour Hersh. Neither reporter published the charge.

Ah, but Taylor points out that Hersh did mention the beat-Pat charge during a Harvard seminar in 1998 in which the--how'd he put it?--thoroughgoing Nixon critic claimed he had seen hospital records that proved Dick harmed Mrs. Nixon. "Hersh didn't adequately explain why he'd chosen not to publish what he says he knew," notes Taylor, who laments that the muckraker nonetheless helped logroll the unfounded for Summers and now Fulsom, 11 years later. Among Taylor's proof to the contrary: Nixon broke down publicly for the first time at Pat's funeral. Of course, he could have just seen the mortuary bill . . .

Taylor also dissects the Mafia and drinking assertions, but, like the rest of the media, the ornately robed vicar of St. John's Episcopal Church and School in Rancho Santa Margarita focuses most intently on the homo-chatter.

Being gay, of course, isn't a scandal. What gives Fulsom's allegations their heft is the automatically accompanying allegation that Nixon, being a Republican, was homophobic. The news is the hypocrisy rather than the homosexuality.  
Later:

Secretly gay legislators who vote against gay rights and and closeted evangelicals who preach against them are fair game for the hypocrisy argument. Nixon isn't, because he wasn't gay, wasn't, therefore, a hypocrite, and in any event wasn't especially bigoted compared to men of his era.
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Donnanagle
Donnanagle

Anything is possible.  I just read Double Cross, which everyone should read.  You findout what really goes on with government and the crime would.  You can only get it onnet used books.  Nixon was mentioned in the book.

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mitch young
mitch young

So, maybe one of you guys can answer this from personal experience.

 How does a supposedly 'gay' man, like Nixon, sire children. I mean, I understand how the supposed Lesbian Meredith Baxter (ex Birney) could have five kids in the normal and natural way. All she has to do is 'lie back and think of England'. But a guy, and I know several middle aged 'gay' men that have kids begotten in the normal way -- especially before Viagra, how did that work?

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

Pitch black, bare back and after lotsa booze ... I, uh, imagine.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

How can a man be named Bebe? 

Is that like Johnny Cash -- A Boy Named Sue?

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Oh, and Coker: A rebozo in Spanish is a silk scarf worn by women. The swishiness conspiracy continues...

mitch young
mitch young

That's how many str8 males get their little pretties...

Origami_Isopod
Origami_Isopod

Wikipedia says it's his childhood nickname, Cuban Spanish for "baby," since he was the youngest of the family.

mitch young
mitch young

That's explains it; Arellano is pissed that a Cuban and not a Mexican got The Dick.

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