Ask A Genius 271 – Watergate, Vietnam, Nixon

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Ask A Genius 271 – Watergate, Vietnam, Nixon

August 26, 2017

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Why did they think this?

Rick Rosner: Well because he did some shit that didn’t work, he gave a speech about national malaise. He said that we need to you know work hard to I don’t know well I don’t know why he talked about America being bombed out. I mean we were to some extent we’ve been disillusioned by Watergate, and by the Vietnam War and we were just coming out of that, but saying that America was bombed out, did not wasn’t something that people responded well to. He gave a speech from The Oval Office wearing a sweater saying that we needed to turn down our thermostats to save energy and we needed to drive cars that weren’t so gas does when people didn’t respond well to that. He tried to free the hostages from Iran and the mission didn’t work. He boycotted the Moscow Olympics because Moscow had invaded Afghanistan. So conservatives don’t think that he made America a stronger country, but I don’t but throughout it all and throughout his previous life previous to being president, and he’s had a long, long life he quit being president beginning 1981, so that’s more than 36 years ago.

He’s had a huge run in his post presidential life and he’s always been a figure of kind of decency and he’s taught Sunday school for most of those years since he was president. He’s a decent, decent guy and

Jacobsen: If someone sees this insidious other would see it as not, opinions differ on Sunday schools.

Rosner: Well no but regardless of how what you think of Sunday school Jimmy Carter is an upstanding guy.

Jacobsen: It’s good in so far as apple pie America is good.

Rosner: Jimmy Carter is a good man all right he’s a good guy. He may not have been the best president but he is an upstanding man, a godly man and

Jacobsen: That’s a general analysis, I was looking at the particular of Sunday school.

Rosner: Yeah but I don’t want to get off on I don’t want to talk we’re not talking about that we’re talking about how we’ve never had like a charlatan and a compulsive liar as a president before.

Jacobsen: Well a Nixon character a general character you can look at the philandering of Trump.

Rosner: Well yeah but I mean I’m like yes Clinton was philandering but still was, his not trying to screw over the country. We never had a guy who’s so morally compromised as Trump. We’ve had guys with like specific areas of weakness; Clinton and his dick, Nixon and his enemies list, but anyway each side has its tactics with the conservatives having better tactics to shut down debate and in some cases shut down thought. Shut down you know skepticism about their beliefs that.

Jacobsen: Is America a thinking culture in general? on critical thinking culture?

Rosner: It depends on when you catch us. America is a rugged westward whore culture civilization of the country that boldly you know expands across the continent and builds and makes and yeah we have inventors and stuff but we are a people of action. Then in 1957, the Russians put Sputnik up everybody freaks out and we decide that we need to make America a more math science culture. And in fact we do, we from the time you know it’s less than years in the time Kennedy says we need to get a man on the moon to having men off.

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Rick Rosner

American Television Writer


Rick Rosner

Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing


In-Sight Publishing


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