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.

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  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kurt

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

  • 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.

  • Otis Criblecoblis

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

  • Greg

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

  • alex

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

  • 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.

  • Martin

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

  • 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.

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