An utterly fascinating Oval Office conversation between President Richard Nixon and aides John Ehrlichman & Bob Haldeman recorded on May 13, 1971.
During a closed-door public relations strategy session, in which they were in the midst of discussing what the "average man" cares about, President Richard Nixon and aides, White House Chief of Staff, Bob Haldeman, and, Chief Domestic Advisor, John Ehrlichman, discuss the ground-breaking television show, All in the Family, and it's main character, a bigoted dock worker named Archie Bunker.
The episode Nixon references deals with the then taboo issue of homosexuality, which leads him off on a variety of tangents, during which he shares his own personal conspiracy theory that gay fashion designers hate women and that's why models were no longer curvy and women's clothing had become less sexy.
(note: Censors bleeped out 14 seconds of this conversation for "privacy" reasons. NARA archivists used this denotation to protect the privacy of other people, not Nixon. It is highly likely that the president named a person or persons that he knew to be bone-smugglers during the excised material.)
Couldn't find a link to the particular All In The Family episode being discussed, but as an example of the show's brand of comedy, here's one of Archie Bunker in a later episode asserting "England is a fag country." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dKpHtc9F9M (don't be offended, Brits, Archie is meant to represent the prototypically ignorant Yank bigot).
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