On this day in 1973, Richard M. Nixon spoke the famous words, “I am not a crook.” Many observers had begun to suspect that the President was not a shepherd’s staff, curving at the end; or the pastoral staff of a bishop or abbot, fashioned in the form of a shepherd’s staff; or a hook hung in an open chimney to support a pot or kettle; or the curved metal tube between the mouthpiece and the body of a bassoon; or a bracket or truss consisting of a vertical piece, a horizontal piece, and a strut; but this was the first official confirmation of their suspicions.


  1. Belfry Bat says:

    Question LXXVIII, whether it is fitting that the Head Of State be not a crook.

    Objection I. The headship of state is an office of trust; whereas none would trust a known crook, therefore it would seem fitting that the head of state be not a crook.

    Objection II. As Our Lord reminds us, “a house divided against itself cannot stand”, and if the head of state be crooked against his state, then that state also cannot long stand; therefore again it would seem fitting…

    (continue, as an exercise).

  2. “Believe nothing until it has been officially denied.”

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