The drug policy expertise of Richard Nixon and Art Linkletter


36 Responses to “The drug policy expertise of Richard Nixon and Art Linkletter”

  1. IWood says:


  2. IWood says:

    Ahh, bugger. {shakes tiny fist at baph}

  3. Anonymous says:

    THIS is what was on the eighteen minute gap on the Nixon tapes.

  4. tallpat says:

    Perhaps vaguely related to the topic; it still cracks me up that they were selling snow globes at the National Archives gift shop with the picture of Elvis meeting Nixon. *Best tacky gift EVAR*

  5. Brainspore says:

    This transcript is even funnier if you imagine both men slurring their words between shots of bourbon.

    • IronEdithKidd says:

      It would be funny if drinking during a TV interview wasn’t normal at the time.

      What the hell was it like to get away with a 3 martini lunch or a bottle of burbon in the desk drawer *as* the norm in a workplace? I’m in no way implying that you are old enough to have been in those environs. I’m just wondering aloud.

      • adamnvillani says:

        I work at a city hall, and I’ve heard about the “old days” when guys would keep a flask in their desk and sexual harrassment was commonplace. I think it was like Mad Men, only much less stylish.

        • Antinous / Moderator says:

          I work at a city hall, and I’ve heard about the “old days” when guys would keep a flask in their desk and sexual harassment was commonplace. I think it was like Mad Men, only much less stylish.

          In the real world, Don Draper was played by Christopher Walken.

      • Yamara says:

        What the hell was it like to get away with a 3 martini lunch or a bottle of burbon in the desk drawer *as* the norm in a workplace?

        This is a recent dramatization that may edify you.

      • Anonymous says:

        I remember it quite well.

        The good part was, you weren’t judged by what toxins or medications you decided to introduce into your system, you were judged by your quality of work. None of this “you failed the 99% accurate drug test, so even though you are vital to the work we do you are fired”.

        The bad part was, you were also judged by your age, gender, and skin color – with middle-aged white males at the top of the heap.

        A part I’m undecided about is this: if you were of the favored class, you could be openly prejudiced towards others. Middle-aged white males were allowed and expected to show their racism, agism and misogyny on their sleeves. While this was undeniably ugly, it made the people who rejected these prejudices stand out like stars in the firmament. Unitarians and Quakers were visibly different from the mainstream; you knew who you could trust to stand up, you knew who would hide your family when the gestapo showed up. Nowadays you can’t tell who really is a good person and who is just following orders.

  6. knijon says:

    You’d be tempted to think this was satire just based on the line, “The President wants to know!”

  7. millrick says:

    Christ, what a couple of assholes

  8. theawesomerobot says:

    …and this is where drug policy came from. :|

  9. SkullHyphy says:

    And the punchline is “The United States has the highest prison population rate in the world, 756 per 100,000 of the national population, followed by Russia (629), Rwanda (604), St Kitts & Nevis (588), Cuba (c.531), U.S. Virgin Is. (512), British Virgin Is. (488), Palau (478), Belarus (468), Belize (455), Bahamas (422), Georgia (415), American Samoa (410), Grenada (408) and Anguilla (401).”

  10. Teller says:

    “…the Indians are hopeless anyway…”
    It really is too bad we don’t have him to kick around anymore.

  11. hassenpfeffer says:

    I hope Satan is using their sphincters as bongs right now.

  12. akputney says:

    Art Linkletters daughter died in her 20s from a fall during an acid trip.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah, people usually fall when they trip.

    • VibroCount says:

      There is no proof that Diane Linkletter took LSD on the day she died. In fact, her suicide was ruled to be caused by her clinical depression. There is conjecture that her boyfriend, Edward Durston, might have been involved. He was present in Linkletter’s apartment when she supposedly plunged to her death; 15 years later, Durston was also accompanying actress Carol Wayne during her fateful trip to Mexico — during the trip, Wayne was found dead in a shallow bay after a heated argument with Durston. Following Linkletter’s death, an investigation was conducted by the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office; it was determined that Linkletter died from “multiple traumatic injuries,” apparently sustained from the fall, and that she had no drugs in her system at the time of her death.

  13. benher says:

    Too bad it’s missing my favorite Nixon quote:


  14. Anonymous says:

    I work in an ad agency in NYC and I can tell you there is still a lot of drinking that goes on here – often company sponsored.

  15. Tdawwg says:

    To be fair, the Opium Wars, and then the opium forced on the Chinese by the British that followed, didn’t do the Chinese any favors: Nixon was right about that one, although he seems to ascribe Chinese drug use to some sort of essentialized deficiency in the “Chinese soul” or something. He shoulda asked Kissinger….

  16. Ernunnos says:

    Linkletter adds, “They lose motivation. No discipline.”

    Look at the square make a funny! Clearly, he knows nothing about marijuana. And hand me those Cheetos.

  17. 2k says:

    First Keanu, now this!
    Although I now think there is a chance he may actually be dissociated from reality enough to direct more PKD films.

  18. baph says:

    “At least with liquor, I don’t lose motivation. Arroooo!”


  19. Phikus says:

    Ok, but what would Richard Linkletter say?

  20. Phikus says:

    It could be argued that we’d all be better off if both men had showed a little less motivation.

  21. Anonymous says:

    I love knowing our most important policies are based on wild half assed stereotypes and assumptions.

    This is the sort of crap people come up with when they are high.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Whenever I read something said by Nixon, all I can hear is the Futurama version of Nixon’s head in the jar.

    All Hail the Hypnotoad!

  23. Phikus says:

    I enjoy cannabis daily and I have fuckloads of motivation (for create projects), but then again I don’t play Farmville…

  24. Ugly Canuck says:

    Hey I see the Nixon tapes continue to get released – although it seems they’ll soon be done. Here’s a link to the latest batch of tapes to be made public:

    Always interesting to listen in on the famous and powerful.

  25. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Disgraced ex-Presidents say the darndest things.

  26. Deidzoeb says:

    Here’s the buried lede: Nixon saying, “but uh, on the other hand, they survive as strong races.”

  27. Anonymous says:

    Aw, there go the damn Belgians again with the drinking and the drugs! Don’t get me started on the Belgians, they’re even worse than the Burmese!

    (Apologies to Dana Gould)

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