January 23, 2005

IF SHE'D ERASED THEM ALL WE'D HAVE AVOIDED THE FORD & CARTER DEBACLES:

Loyal Nixon secretary Rose Mary Woods dead at 87 (Mark Williams, 1/23/2005, Associated Press)

Rose Mary Woods, the devoted secretary to President Nixon who said she inadvertently erased part of a crucial Watergate tape, has died. She was 87.

Woods died Saturday night at a nursing home in Alliance, Roger Ruzek, owner of a funeral home in Sebring, said Sunday. He did not know the cause of death.

The 18½-minute gap in the tape of a June 20, 1972, conversation between Richard Nixon and chief of staff H.R. Haldeman was critical to the question of what Nixon knew about the break-in at Democratic headquarters in the Watergate complex three days earlier and when he knew it. [...]

Woods, the granddaughter of an Irish stowaway....


Ah, the predictable criminality of the illegal immigrant class...

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 23, 2005 5:14 PM
Comments

Was Woodward there for a deathbed "confession"?

Posted by: AML at January 24, 2005 12:22 AM

How often will a secretary's obituary reference a grandfather? For that matter, anyone's obituary? For all I've heard about Johnny Carson in the last 24 hours I haven't heard a word about his grandfather.

Posted by: at January 24, 2005 10:22 AM

I guess she wasn't deepthroat.

Posted by: Phil at January 24, 2005 12:43 PM

If Nixon had simply said to Haldeman, "I want your signed letter of resignation on my desk in one hour" and privately promised him a presidential pardon, then we'd have avoided Watergate and its aftermath.

Posted by: Dave W. at January 24, 2005 12:49 PM

Sounds like how Pat Buchanan's obit will read as well.

Posted by: ratbert at January 24, 2005 3:27 PM
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