CNN Films is rolling out the documentary “Our Nixon,” a view of the 37th president taken primarily from Super 8 mm home movies filmed by White House aides H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and Dwight Chapin that were in federal custody until recently.
The flick has earned a ton of high praise for its unconventional and behind-the-scenes look at President Richard Nixon and the staffers that thought of themselves as family. The candid look paints a complex picture of Nixon, not just his bad, ugly side, but also some of the more human elements of his presidency.
We can’t help but think of what Nixon’s arch nemesis, Hunter S. Thompson, would think of anything that would humanize the only president to resign from office. Alas, with Thompson dead going on more than eight years, we’ll have to go to the record. Good thing for us the good doctor was never at a loss of words when it came to Nixon.
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Jason Dick is the Hill Life editor for Roll Call and has also worked at Greenwire, CongressDaily and National Journal Daily during his time in Washington. @jasonjdick