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WASHINGTON –As President Obama stood Thursday amid the splendor of the Rose Garden, he was asked about comparisons between himself and Richard Nixon.
“I’ll let you guys engage in those comparisons,” Obama said referring to the president who resigned in disgrace in 1974. “You can go ahead and read the history, I think, and draw your own conclusions.”
In the lexicon of the Watergate days, it was a “nondenial denial” — and the muddy response seemed to symbolize the difficulty Obama has faced in a week in which he has been forced to respond to charges of secrecy, paranoia, and heavy-handedness.
As startling as the reports have been, one Nixonian element is missing: There is no evidence that Obama himself ordered or knew about the actions.