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TRICKY DICK

Was President Nixon A Mobster-Loving ‘Mo?

Move over, James Buchanan and Abe Lincoln: A new book by veteran Washington reporter Don Fulsom claims that America’s shiftiest president, Richard “Tricky Dick” Nixon, was much more than just a liar and a spyer. He was also a wife-beater, a drunk—and yes, a homosexual.

Due out next month, Fulsom’s racy bio, Nixon’s Darkest Secrets, asserts that Nixon carried on a decades-long affair with Mafia-connected Floridian Charles “Bebe” Rebozo, unquestionably one of the 37th U.S. President’s closest confidants. Rebozo often vacationed with Prez Dick in Key Biscayne, both with Nixon’s wife Pat along and not. During the men-only visits, the twosome reportedly frolicked together in and out of the water, and gushed over their shared passion for Broadway musicals.

But was there ever anything more than a strong bromance between the dark duo (seen above, flanking current gay media darling J. Edgar Hoover)? Nixon’s final chief of staff, Alexander Haig, reportedly joked about the pair being lovers and threw in an imitation of Rebozo’s limp wrist for good measure.

Of course this could easily be chalked up to Haig’s jealousy over Rebozo’s unshakably close connection to the president.  But what of the repeated journalistic whispers—like the Time magazine reporter quoted by Fulsom, who claimed that when he once bent down to retrieve his fork at a Washington dinner, he realized that Nixon and Rebozo were holding hands under the table?

Above the table, Nixon was far from a lover of the gays: When a close aide to President Johnson was caught having sex with a former sailor in a YMCA bathroom, Nixon called the man “ill,” and added that such people “cannot be in places of high trust.”

Yet even in the darkest of times, like Nixon’s 1974 near-impeachment and resignation, the president and Rebozo remained intimate friends. Rebozo was at Nixon’s bedside during his last days in 1994, and when Rebozo himself died four years later, he left millions to the Nixon Presidential Library.

By:           Dan Allen
On:           Dec 27, 2011
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  • 15 Comments
    • David Ehrenstein
      David Ehrenstein

      The thought of Dick Nixon gettin’ it on with beb Rebozo is truly hilarious. Nixon was quite homophobic and there are comments in the Watergate tapes indicating he was more than a tad paranoid about gays being anywhere near him. I’ll be interested to see that the book “reveals.”

      Dec 27, 2011 at 9:48 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JS
      JS

      @GOD (gay old dude): Not all. But, suspiciously, a lot.

      Dec 27, 2011 at 11:22 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cinesnatch
      Cinesnatch

      “When a close aide to President Johnson was caught having sex with a former sailor in a YMCA bathroom, Nixon called the man “ill,””

      Do you mean President Eisenhower? Why would Nixon have known about Johnson aide? They were never part of the same administration.

      “And added that such people “cannot be in places of high trust.””

      I’m going to go out on a limb here and wager that he was talking about blackmail, as in, in those days, a closeted man who engaged in gay sex–especially if he was married–was a security risk.

      Dec 27, 2011 at 12:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cinesnatch
      Cinesnatch

      And the DSM removed homosexuality from being a mental illness in 1973 (just in time for my birth!), so, technically, Nixon was using the “ill” term correctly. Technically.

      Dec 27, 2011 at 12:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dan Allen
      Dan Allen

      @Cinesnatch: The aide in question was Johnson ally Walter Jenkins; see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Jenkins

      Dec 27, 2011 at 1:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dvlaries
      dvlaries

      Hell, ruthless reviews had this news all the way back in April.
      http://www.ruthlessreviews.com/11350/the-hidden-presidency/

      Dec 27, 2011 at 1:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ewe
      ewe

      It is well known that homosexuals make the best undercover so that is the reason why politicians are uncomfortable around gay people. The movie on this will no doubt be out shortly complements of Dustin Lance Black.

      Dec 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kurt
      Kurt

      Lincoln was bisexual not gay, James Buchanan was gay. I don’t know or care about Nixon.

      Dec 27, 2011 at 4:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jason
      jason

      I wouldn’t be surprised if Nixon and Rebozo were eating out each other’s behinds. Most gay-haters are projecting a fear of their inner selves. In public, they’re extremely homophobic. In private, they’re into all sorts of things, such as said eating.

      Dec 27, 2011 at 8:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Otis Criblecoblis
      Otis Criblecoblis

      You just can’t make up a name like ‘Bebe Rebozo’.

      Dec 27, 2011 at 9:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Greg
      Greg

      Who in the living fuck would fuck Richard Nixon. You people are fucked up!!!!!!!!!!!

      Dec 27, 2011 at 9:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alex
      alex

      Kurt, I love your authoritativeness on this. Self-assuredness writes the history books.

      Dec 28, 2011 at 1:07 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike in Asheville
      Mike in Asheville

      @Kurt: The question of Lincoln’s sexuality is not so easily answered. The books on the subject are as highly suspect as the so-called secret Lincoln diary unearthed more than a century after the assassination by Larry Kramer — a diary that has been deemed a forgery by all authenticators [including the Smithsonian Institute] who have examined the book. Further, in his extensive study and treatment of Lincoln’s diaries and letters, and those of his private secretaries, Hay, Nicolay and Kennedy, Gore Vidal found no references to suggest Lincoln had had sex with these or any other men.

      Per entries in Lincoln’s diary, when Lincoln wrote about sharing a bed with his secretary[ies], these occasions happened when Lincoln traveled the county circuit courts system in Illinois as a criminal and civil attorney. The practice in the day was that all the attorneys and their secretaries [all men] slept 5-10 in a bed in the rooming houses in the county seats.

      While I would love to believe that Lincoln had found sex with other men, there is no substantiated evidence that Lincoln was not fully straight. In the US, there has not been any other American subject to more biographies, study in graduate/post graduate degrees, nor policies examined than Abraham Lincoln — just switch over the the Library of Congress and do a subject search on Lincoln, and you will find 35,000 media including nearly 500 biographies and 3500 histories.

      Count Lincoln as a hero for civil rights, but stick with Walt Whitman for mid 19th Century American gay figures.

      Dec 28, 2011 at 11:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Martin
      Martin

      But how can he be gay – HE WAS MARRIED WITH A VOOMAN?!

      Dec 29, 2011 at 9:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jack dupre
      jack dupre

      Of course you have to look at the picture closely.
      All three men show happiness and joy!

      Hoover is doing the one over on Bebe with lust in his eyes and Nixon is so happy to be under such great protection.

      Gay’s of this type especially in those times are usually married.

      My feeling and bet is that Nixon and Baby were bisexual but Hoover was fully gay definitely.
      It shows in every pore of this treacherous conniving man who had the true and full power for forty years in the US.
      His legacy is still carried by some nuts today to America and the world’s dismay.

      What caracterizes them is their homophobic stance in public.
      It’s a cover up, they somehow loathe themselves deep inside (schizophrenia) and it adds to their excitement of being able to break the taboo in secret alcoves!
      Their libido is strong but not always.
      They are complete perverts and love being in charge.
      Conspiracy is their favourite sport at all times.
      They always seem to find people to cover up for them…
      Commissions of some kind usually….

      Ask yourselves why this is!? It’s another debate.
      They also have the balls to do it in a way and are very proud of that!!!
      Screwing the people, what!

      I am hetero and enjoy gay people as long as they are not narcissic and totally out of their mind about sex.

      Feb 12, 2012 at 11:52 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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