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The Watergate reforms did work well for many years,
by Elliot Richardson

The Watergate reforms did work well for many years,
and if improved and broadened, these reforms can have
real and major impact on the system today.
- Elliot Richardson

I hope you will respond to the crisis of confidence
that Watergate has created by opening up your administration
and reaching out to people in a more magnanimous spirit.
- Elliot Richardson

My most important task must be an attempt to bring
the monster under democratic direction and control.
- Elliot Richardson

I had come to regard the U.S.
Senate's rejection of the League of Nations as a tragic mistake.
- Elliot Richardson

 

They've got him - credible witnesses,
documents, heaven knows what else.
In all my years as a prosecutor I have never seen such an open-and-shut case.
- Elliot Richardson

Mr. President, I believe your real problem is that
you have somehow been unable to realize that you have won,
not only won, but been re-elected by a tremendous margin.
- Elliot Richardson

I said the first concern of the administration of justice must,
of course, be the individual.
The second concern is the truth.
- Elliot Richardson

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People have moved beyond apathy, beyond skepticism into deep cynicism.
- Elliot Richardson

The vice president had a bargaining asset,
however, that no ordinary person has:
He was next in line to the presidency.
I saw no chance that he would resign first,
then take his chances on trial, conviction,
and jail.
- Elliot Richardson

The experience of learning how to get straight to the
core of a problem proved to be of immense value later
when I had a long succession of responsibilities in large,
complex government departments.
- Elliot Richardson

There is an increasingly pervasive sense not only of failure,
but of futility.
The legislative process has become a cruel shell game
and the service system has become a bureaucratic maze,
inefficient, incomprehensible, and inaccessible.
- Elliot Richardson

I thought I was going to be killed.
The casualties were so heavy, it was just a given.
I learned to take each day, each mission,
as it came.
That's an attitude I've carried into my professional life.
I take each case, each job, as it comes.
- Elliot Richardson

For you, the state is an entity with purposes of its
own that the people can be required to serve.
For us the word is only a label for the arrangements
by which we the people delegate to some among us responsibility
for things that concern us in common.
- Elliot Richardson

The idea of being in the State Department was exciting.
On the other hand, I always had in the back of my mind going into politics.
If I stayed in Washington, I might end up a government hack.
- Elliot Richardson

If there are flaws they are in ourselves,
and our task therefore must be one not of redesign
but of renewal and reaffirmation,
especially of the standards in which all of us believe.
- Elliot Richardson

This anniversary serves to help remind the American people that,
in the wake of one of the greatest political scandals
and misuse of power in our history as a nation,
scandal produced important reforms that served this
nation well for two decades.
- Elliot Richardson

But tending machinery was one thing;
defining what we were trying to do and why we were doing it,
and developing ways to measure how well the job was done -
this was something else again.
- Elliot Richardson

If the large power voluntarily abstains from using
its full power or feels the strategic situation to
be such that it cannot do so,
it in effect loses the advantage of being a big power.
- Elliot Richardson

Though every legal task demands this skill,
it is especially important in the effort to frame public
policy in a way that is properly responsive to human needs and predicaments.
The question is always: How will the general rule work in practice?
- Elliot Richardson

It often seemed like we had become a nation where the
only heroes were rock singers and ball players and
that there were no large men of probity who could be
called upon for the task.
- Elliot Richardson

You must pursue this investigation of Watergate even
if it leads to the president.
I'm innocent.
You've got to believe I'm innocent.
If you don't, take my job.
- Richard M. Nixon

I can see clearly now...
that I was wrong in not acting more decisively and
more forthrightly in dealing with Watergate.
- Richard M. Nixon

Lawyers didn't seriously get involved in the Watergate
stories until quite late,
when we realized we were on to something.
- Bob Woodward

Watergate showed more strengths in our system than weaknesses...
The whole country did take part in quite a genuine
sense in passing judgment on Richard Nixon.
- Archibald Cox

The French were mystified about the Watergate scandal.
- Pierre Salinger

Everybody has a little bit of Watergate in him.
- Billy Graham

The source known as Deep Throat provided a kind of
road map through the scandal.
His one consistent message was that the Watergate burglary
was just the tip of the iceberg.
- Bob Woodward

We're not going to have another Watergate in our lifetime.
I'm sure.
- Bob Woodward

It I talked about Watergate, I was described as struggling
to free myself from the morass.
If I did not talk about Watergate, I was accused of
being out of touch with reality.
- Richard M. Nixon

Watergate provides a model case study of the interaction
and powers of each of the branches of government.
It also is a morality play with a sad and dramatic ending.
- Bob Woodward

It would seem that the Watergate story from beginning
to end could be used as a primer on the American political system.
- Bob Woodward

Way before Watergate, senior administration officials hid behind anonymity.
- Bob Woodward

I remember being a kid and the Vietnam War was huge
and looking at Watergate.
- David Cross

After Watergate, America was a ship without a rudder.
Vietnam was left to its own devices,
drifting along towards its fate.
- Nguyen Cao Ky

I believe Watergate shows that the system did work.
Particularly the Judiciary and the Congress,
and ultimately an independent prosecutor working in the Executive Branch.
- Bob Woodward

Watergate had become the center of the media's universe,
and during the remaining year of my presidency the
media tried to force everything else to revolve around it.
- Richard M. Nixon

The crusades of Vietnam and Watergate seemed like a good idea at the time,
even a noble one, not only to the press but perhaps
to a majority of Americans.
- Howard Fineman

Watergate is an immensely complicated scandal with
a cast of characters as varied as a Tolstoy novel.
- Bob Woodward

I suspect there have been a number of conspiracies
that never were described or leaked out.
But I suspect none of the magnitude and sweep of Watergate.
- Bob Woodward

The influences in my life were all kind of politically,
socially implanted.
And then there was Watergate.
- Tobe Hooper

The biggest rap on me is that I don't find a Watergate every couple of years.
Well, Watergate was unique.
It's not something Carl Bernstein, I,
or the Washington Post caused.
- Bob Woodward

Because of Watergate in part, I am kind of a magnet
for calls and information and suggestions.
- Bob Woodward

This story, I predict, will grow to be worse than Watergate.
The American people need to have the answers.
- Curt Weldon

The government paid the family of Richard Nixon $18 million for papers,
tape recordings and other materials seized after Watergate.
- Dexter S. King

I contend that, in spite of all that might be said about Watergate,
Richard Nixon was good for the poor people of America.
- Tony Campolo

I'm still friendly with Dean.
He still calls me on the phone from time to time.
John Dean was fired and later ended up spending some
time in prison for his role in Watergate.
- Fred F. Fielding

There have been as many investigative reporters on
this newspaper working on Clinton's many problems as
I can remember there were working on Watergate.
- Ben Bradlee

Suppose Watergate had not been uncovered? I'd still be on the City Desk.
- Bob Woodward

There may yet be another Watergate book.
I have thought a book about the aftermath of Watergate
and its impact could be done,
perhaps by me or someone else.
- Bob Woodward

Even Napoleon had his Watergate.
- Yogi Berra

Even before Watergate and his resignation,
Nixon had inspired conflicting and passionate emotions.
- Stephen Ambrose

I recently read some of the transcripts of Nixon's Watergate tapes,
and they spent hours trying to figure out who was leaking
and providing information to Carl and myself.
- Bob Woodward

An attempt is already underway to revise history -
to leave the impression that the former president had
nothing to do with Watergate.
But there is no doubt about his obstruction of justice
after the Watergate break-in.
- John J. Sirica

Watergate was unique because it allowed the public
to play its democratic role in expressing its outrage at the presidency.
And as a result, for the first time in history a president resigned.
- Samuel Dash

After Nixon resigned in 1974, he engaged in a very
aggressive war with history,
attempting to wipe out the Watergate stain and memory.
Happily, history won, largely because of Nixon's tapes.
- Bob Woodward

After Watergate, which happened when I was in college,
I became increasingly inspired by journalism as a way to change the world.
It sounds corny, but to wake the public up,
to serve a higher cause.
- David Talbot

The fact of the Watergate cover-up is not nearly as
interesting as the step into making the cover-up.
And when you understand the step, you understand that Richard Nixon lied.
That he was a criminal.
- Bob Woodward

I learned one thing in Watergate: I was well-intentioned
but rationalized illegal behavior,"
he said.
"You cannot live your life other than walking in the truth.
Your means are as important as your ends.
- Chuck Colson

The American Dream has run out of gas.
The car has stopped.
It no longer supplies the world with its images,
its dreams, its fantasies.
No more.
It's over.
It supplies the world with its nightmares now:
the Kennedy assassination,
Watergate, Vietnam.
- J. G. Ballard

If the many allegations made to this date are true,
then the burglars who broke into the headquarters of
the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate were,
in effect, breaking into the home of every citizen.
- Sam Ervin

The political lesson of Watergate is this:
Never again must America allow an arrogant,
elite guard of political adolescents to by-pass the
regular party organization and dictate the terms of a national election.
- Gerald R. Ford

Before Watergate and Viet Nam, the American public,
as a whole, believed everything it was told,
and since then it doesn't believe anything,
and both of those extremes hurt us because they prevent
us from recognizing the truth.
- Daniel Keys Moran

I used to think that the Civil War was our country's greatest tragedy,
but I do remember that there were some redeeming features
in the Civil War in that there was some spirit of sacrifice
and heroism displayed on both sides.
I see no redeeming features in Watergate.
- Sam Ervin

From Watergate we learned what generations before us have known;
our Constitution works.
And during Watergate years it was interpreted again
so as to reaffirm that no one -
absolutely no one -
is above the law.
- Leon Jaworski

Nixon had some large achievements in foreign affairs.
They will be remembered.
But a president probably gets remembered for one thing,
and Watergate will head the Nixon list,
I suspect.
- Bob Woodward

I know that from the days of Watergate...
the notion of two sources on a story has become the
popular dogma about how you confirm something.
And there is a lot of truth to that,
but there are all kinds of ways to check to the extent that you can,
a story that you get.
- Howard Fineman

The main part of the Hyde bill is to withhold U.S.
contributions to the regular assessed budget of the U.N.
unless they make real and substantial reforms in the way they operate.
- Cliff Stearns

While Slovakia did not make the first round of NATO membership,
as various requirements and reforms are instituted,
these actions will enhance the opportunities to join NATO.
- John Mica

We are now preparing for the reform of the yuan's exchange rate system.
For such reforms to take place, we need good economic conditions...
and we need to do it under tight control.
- Wu Yi

All of the candidates agree that the Democratic Party
needs to undergo fundamental reforms.
- Martin Frost

Our government declared that it is conducting some kind of great reforms.
In reality, no real reforms were begun and no one at
any point has declared a coherent programme.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


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