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Sincerely, Dick

Relationship Advice from Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon writes his own relationship advice column

Richard Nixon recorded all of his Oval Office conversations, and the transcripts from these secret tapes are an nonstop explosion of profound wisdom and keen observations about the human condition. If you’ve ever read through the transcripts yourself, you probably thought, “If only this guy had his own relationship advice column!” Well, all of your wildest dreams are about to come true. Here are (fake) relationship questions answered by (real) quotes from Nixon, as recorded on his secret White House tapes.

NOTE: Richard Nixon’s relationship advice might not be suitable for young children, unless they are seeking bigoted, profanity-laced relationship advice.


Dear Mr. President,

I have a sticky situation that I’m hoping you can help me with. I know it’s wrong, but I’ve been cheating on my boyfriend. The other guy has written me a bunch of love letters, and I keep them in my bedroom. The problem is that my boyfriend is housesitting for me, and I forgot to hide the letters beforehand! What should I do?

Elizabeth

Dear Elizabeth,

Goddamn it, get in and get those files. Blow the safe and get them. The way I want that handled is…just to break in. Break in and take it out! You understand?…You are to break into the place, rifle the files, and bring them out…Just go in and take it! Go in around eight or nine o’clock. And clean it up.

Sincerely,
Dick


Dear Mr. President,

My fiance and I are getting married in a couple of months. We’re merging our finances, but we disagree about how to file our taxes. I think we should hire an accountant. But my fiance wants to handle it all by himself. Who should we use to do our taxes? And relatedly, should we use that person to go after our enemies?

Jane

Dear Jane,

I want to make sure he is a ruthless son of a bitch, do what he’s told, that every income tax I want to see I see, that he will go after our enemies and not our friends. Now it’s as simple as that. If he doesn’t, he doesn’t get the job.

Sincerely,
Dick


Dear Mr. President,

I haven’t come out to my parents yet. I’m thinking about doing it at my sister’s wedding, but at the same time, I’m worried that telling them in the middle of all the commotion around the wedding will be like dropping a nuclear bomb on them.

Henry

Dear Henry,

A nuclear bomb, does that bother you?…I just want you to think big, Henry, for Christ’s sake! The only place where you and I disagree is with regard to the bombing. You’re so goddamned concerned about civilians, and I don’t give a damn. I don’t care.

Sincerely,
Dick


Dear Mr. President,

My fiance Patrick and I are planning our wedding. He thinks we should have a cash bar at the reception, but I think we should shell out for an open bar. What do you think? Also, I’m worried he’s lying about being Irish. How can I tell if someone is “real Irish,” to coin a bizarre phrase?

Lydia

Dear Lydia,

The Irish can’t drink. What you always have to remember with the Irish is they get mean. Virtually every Irish I’ve known gets mean when he drinks. Particularly the real Irish.

Sincerely,
Dick


Dear Mr. President,

I’m facing a really tough dilemma. I’m in my senior year of high school, and I just got early acceptance to Brown University. It’s a pretty big opportunity, because I’ve always wanted to live in Rhode Island. But my boyfriend wants me stay in my hometown, where he says he will “educate me in love.” What should I do?

George

Dear George,

They’re finished. The Ivy League schools are finished … They came out against us when it was tough … Don’t ever go to an Ivy League school again, ever. Never, never, never.

Sincerely,
Dick


Dear Mr. President,

Is it ok to swear? It feels like everyone swears, so I’m not too worried about it. But at the same time, I want to make sure that my femininity remains firmly intact, like a tight iron mask.

Mary

Dear Mary,

We all do it. We all swear. But you show me a girl that swears and I’ll show you an awful unattractive person. . . . I mean, all femininity is gone. And none of the smart girls do swear, incidentally.

Sincerely,
Dick


Dear Mr. President,

I met a guy online and we’ve been talking for a few months now. He wants to move in together, but I’d like to spend more time in person getting to know each other. Do you think it’s important to meet someone on-on-one and get to know them? And as a former president, can you share some inspiring words about the indomitable spirit of the American people?

Caroline

Dear Caroline,

The American people are suckers. “Getting to know you”—all that bullshit.

Sincerely,
Dick


Dear Mr. President,

My boyfriend and I are planning our first long vacation together, but we can’t agree on where to go. I want to go to New York and visit museums and see Broadway shows, but my boyfriend wants to go camping and fishing in the country. I love my boyfriend, but I really don’t want to spend a week in the country.

Catherine

Dear Catherine,

I’m going to destroy the goddamn country, believe me, I mean destroy it if necessary. And let me say, even the nuclear weapons if necessary. It isn’t necessary. But, you know, what I mean is, what shows you the extent to which I’m willing to go.

Sincerely,
Dick


Do you have a question you’d like to ask Richard Nixon’s secret White House tapes? Send it to jdandkateindustries@gmail.com and we might use it for a future Nixon advice column!

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Emmanuel Macron

President of France
Emmanuel Macron, president of France

Will no one let Emmanuel Macron out of this box?

It’s time to get to know Emmanuel Macron!

You probably thought it was time to get to know Emmanuel Macron a few weeks ago, when he was elected president of France. But the truth is that it’s better to wait and let him age a bit first, like a nice bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon or a fondue.

So here are 10 facts about Emmanuel Macron that are almost too crazy to believe. And indeed, you are wise to be skeptical.

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J.D. and Kate Visit Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage

As part of the research for our upcoming book,* we’ve been traveling around the country visiting presidential libraries and historical sites. And you can travel along with us—virtually!—by reading a review of each place we visit.

*It’s true! Hottest Heads of State: The American Presidents, is coming out from Henry Holt & Co. in January or February 2018. (We honestly don’t know whether it is January or February. Maybe we should ask someone!)


Born for a Storm

If you think no one in real life would ever use the #BornForAStorm hashtag, then you are wrong. In fact, it is a good way to get a counterpoint to our overbearingly sanctimonious view of Andrew Jackson and The Hermitage.

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage
Nashville, TN
Adults: $20 | Students (ages 13-18): $15 | Children (ages 6-12): $10

JD: We visited The Hermitage, President Andrew Jackson’s historical site, on November 9, 2016, the day after Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election. If you’re looking for something to help take your mind off a presidential election, I do not recommend visiting a presidential museum.

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Patrice Talon

President of Benin
Patrice Talon

Patrice Talon scored these sweet sunglasses for free from his eye doctor.

If, like me, you have a website in ranking all world leaders in order of hotness, then you’ll be excited to learn that the country of Benin has a hot new president. (Well, “new.” He’s been in office for like a year. It’s not easy to keep websites ranking all world leaders in order of hotness up to date, as you of all people would understand.)

The new president’s name is Patrice Talon, but people call him the “King of Cotton.” I could tell you why, but I promise it is more fun not knowing.

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J.D. and Kate Visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

As part of the research for our upcoming book,* we’ve been traveling around the country visiting presidential libraries and historical sites. And you can travel along with us—virtually!—by reading our review of each place we visit. (Note that in this first installment, you’ll also be traveling through time, because we visited the Lincoln Presidential Library on Labor Day and are only now getting around to posting this. A terrifying insight into our work process!)

*It’s true! Hottest Heads of State: The American Presidents, coming out from Henry Holt & Co. Look for it in early 2018! Or go ahead and start looking for it now, and by the time it comes out, you’ll feel like you’ve really earned it.


Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Photo credit: Lee Adalf (because ugh we forgot to take a photo.)

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Springfield, IL
Adults: $15 | Children (ages 5-15): $6

Kate: As we pulled up to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, it occurred to me that it is not a great place to begin this series, because after this every other presidential library is going to be a huge letdown. We should have started with Herbert Hoover.

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Explosive Video Shows Trump Colluding with Moscow

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, during a briefing on Friday. Acknowledging that President Trump is a Russian operative, Mr. Spicer argued “We litigated this all through the election. People didn’t care. They voted for him.” (Photo credit – Eric Thayer for The New York Times)

Washington, D.C. – CNN today released a video showing President Donald J. Trump meeting in Dubai with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin in February, 2016 to plan Russia’s interference in the U.S. election on Trump’s behalf, and to agree on concrete steps Trump would take in return to help the Russian leader. The video, which has been independently authenticated, also shows Putin tousling Trump’s hair, and the U.S. president speaking fluent Russian.

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Gaze Upon the Presidents in their Bathing Suits

Gerald Ford swimming

If you are eating right now, stop eating! You are about to see presidents of the United States wearing bathing suits, and it is an experience that is incompatible with the digestion of food.

You might be wondering, “Is this safe to view at work?” The answer is that it depends on where you work. If you’re not sure, ask the HR department if your office has a policy on looking at pictures of the presidents in bathing suits during work hours.

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Choose Your Own Adventure: You Are Donald Trump

Choose Your Own Adventure: You are Donald Trump

WARNING!!

Do not read this story straight through from beginning to end. These web pages contain many different adventures you may have as U.S. president Donald Trump. From time to time as you read along, you will be asked to make a choice. Your choice may lead to disaster, a worse disaster, or—theoretically—middling success.

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