It’s that time of year again. The political commercials are flooding the airwaves and the debates are endless. What a perfect time to look back at one of the best debates ever, and one of the debaters wasn’t even a presidential nominee. This is Frost/Nixon.
Original date of publication, March 24, 2009. The Slate
There is a scene near the end of “Frost/Nixon” where former Pres. Nixon talks to David Frost about liking people and being liked; “That… facility you have with people. That lightness. That charm. I don’t have it. Never have. Makes you wonder why I chose a life which hinged on being liked.”
I also wondered why he chose that life. Nixon probably thought that if he was re-elected to the presidency then people would still like him, which brought about actions to bug the Democratic National Committee headquarters. This never crossed Nixon’s mind as being wrong because doing something illegal in the interest of the country, “means it’s not illegal.”