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Woodward and Bernstein Meet with 'Deep Throat'

POSTED: 02:01 PM ET, 11/21/2008 by Derek Kravitz

It was no dimly lit parking garage, but it was a reunion of sorts: The men who unearthed the Watergate scandal 36 years ago met this week with "Deep Throat," the source behind much of their reporting.

Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the former Washington Post reporters who led the paper's groundbreaking Watergate coverage, met Sunday with 95-year-old W. Mark Felt in Santa Rosa, Calif.

In 2005, Felt, the FBI's former associate director, admitted that he was the man dubbed "Deep Throat." The identity of their inside source had been a matter of rampant speculation since President Richard M. Nixon's resignation in 1974.

After the revelation, Woodward wrote that, as he was investigating the scandal, "I was thankful for any morsel or information, confirmation or assistance Felt gave me while Carl and I were attempting to understand the many-headed monster of Watergate. Because of his position virtually atop the chief investigative agency, his words and guidance had immense, at times even staggering, authority."

John D. O'Connor, the attorney and family friend who co-authored Felt's biography, "A G-Man's Life" and wrote the 2005 Vanity Fair story that revealed Felt was Deep Throat, also attended the meeting.

Felt's daughter, Joan Felt, said her father, who has lost most of his long-term memory, "lit up when she told him Woodward and Bernstein were coming to Northern California for a speaking engagement and had asked to stop by," The Press Democrat's Chris Smith reports.

The duo made a joint appearance Monday before a crowd of nearly 800 at Walnut Creek's Lesher Center for the Arts. Woodward told reporters afterward that the visit with Felt "was like a family reunion."

"He's 95. He's full of dignity and grace. He doesn't have a memory, really. But there was a connection we made," Woodward said.

Bernstein, who met Felt for the first time, called the visit "a closing of the circle. We are both very glad we did it. It was evident he was glad."

By Derek Kravitz |  November 21, 2008; 2:01 PM ET
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Please explain, what did Nixon do, exactly? Not what he was charged with, what did he do, and hy wasnit enough to drive out the best Presisent we have had since Eisenhower to this day?

Posted by: WilliamBlake | November 21, 2008 6:45 PM

> Please explain, what did Nixon do, exactly? Not what he was charged with, what did he do, and hy wasnit enough to drive out the best Presisent we have had since Eisenhower to this day?

Well, since we don't have hundreds of pages here, let's give just ONE example.

In order to keep Johnson from ending the war and winning in '68, he had someone secretly tell the communist Viet Cong not to sign a peace treaty with Johnson (which they were about to do since they were losing) because he'd give them a better deal. Then he escalated the war and mis-micromanaged it from the White House until we had lost it, but STILL didn't end it.

Barry Goldwater, father of conservatism, said "Nixon lied to my face. He lied to the country, he lied to his party, he lied to his staff, and he lied to his wife. Nixon is the most dishonest man I've ever met."

For details, see John Dean's books.


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Posted by: FayeKane_HomelessSmartypants | November 21, 2008 9:39 PM

To answer your question specifically: Nixon ordered the CIA to interfere with an FBI investigation of the Nixon campaign's break-in at Democratic headquarters. It was a classic case of obstruction of justice, a serious felony. For that, Nixon resigned. Yes, he was the best felonious president since Richard Nixon.

Posted by: EasyWriter | November 21, 2008 10:25 PM

"Richard Nixon" at the end of my previous post should be "Dwight Eisenhower."

Posted by: EasyWriter | November 21, 2008 10:25 PM

Nixon was a great president. The Nixon - Kissinger team was strong against communism during the Cold War. Nixon withdrew our troops from Vietnam, opened up China, and no nation fell to communism on his watch. Nixon did not order the Watergate break in, but he did lie about it. He lied to cover up the fact that his campaign staffers broke in to spy on Democratic plans. By the way, Johnson lied about Gulf of Talkin to start Vietnam, Clinton lied about his affair with Monica, etc. Every politician lies at some point and those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

Posted by: billofrights0723 | November 23, 2008 9:05 PM

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