Interesting accusation, but it’s almost pure speculation.

A new book claims America’s most corrupt President hid a far more personal scandal

Yet the most extraordinary claim is that the homophobic Nixon may have been gay himself. If true, it would provide a fascinating insight into the motivation and behaviour of a notoriously secretive politician.

Fulsom argues that Nixon may have had an affair with his best friend and confidant, a Mafia‑connected Florida wheeler-dealer named Charles ‘Bebe’ Rebozo who was even more crooked than Nixon.

On Nixon’s solo visits to Key Biscayne, they swam and sunbathed, indulging in their shared passions for discussing Broadway musicals and barbecuing steaks. In months, the pair were inseparable, holidaying with Nixon’s wife Pat — and without her. Rebozo became an ‘uncle figure’ to the Nixons’ two daughters, Tricia and Julie. The dapper Cuban-American chose Nixon’s clothes and even selected the films he watched at the White House.

When Nixon became President, Rebozo got his own office and bedroom at the White House, and a security clearance that allowed him to go in and out without being logged by the secret service. Using a false name, says Fulsom, Rebozo even got into Nixon’s hotel suite during a trip to Europe.

Rebozo was also reported to have stayed by Nixon’s side during his last days and when Rebozo died in 1998, he left the bulk of his estate to the Nixon library. What do you think? Plausible situation or just an aging reporter cashing in on old rumors?

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8 Responses to New book claims Richard Nixon had long term gay affair

  1. JMPrince says:

    What Jules said. And if the autor knew more of the history here, some of the claims made would seem farcical. Nixon was many things. A sloppy drunk. A failed tin horn megalomanic. Likely chronically depressed, though thoroughly mendaciously venal and ever paranoid, he was and remains one of the most favorite topics of recent presidential bio-pics. But before Watergate, he was a modestly successful (and popular) President by most accounts, even if a throughly corrupt one. And Pat was a big part of his success in CA & DC.

    And BTW? Why the hell is no one mentioning BeBe’s role as a long time Nixon bagman? He was ground zero for most of Nixon’s corruption and payoffs throughout most of Nixon’s public career. The gay deals are besides the point. Follow the damn money, that’s why the man was there. Geesh this is silly! The secrets were the paper bags (yes Bags) of cash payoffs to various & sundry. That’s in the final Watergate report.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Rebozo

    JMP

  2. Kate says:

    The man is dead. His wife is dead. What purpose does it serve to trash the man now? Americans need to worry about what is currently developing in this country… not whether or not a former president had a gay relationship. Give it a rest.

  3. Jedosky says:

    Same old Stuff when One is Dead Anyone can say Anything about Anybody. Always to sell A Book say A Person is Gay. They can write A Book about A Horse and say It is Gay to sell A Book.

  4. Melvin says:

    “Book claims”. The old I am putting forth the old I’m trying to sell books with no proof whatsoever scam.
    Best defense. Don’t buy this trash.

  5. Jules says:

    Ok, I sort of buy into it up to the point they claim he didn’t love Pat. That’s so far off the mark it’s scary.

    In just about all other accounts he worshiped her. We have her influence to thank that there isn’t a chapel in the White House. Billy Graham was putting enormous pressure on Nixon to build one, and she firmly put the kibosh on that.

    When she was fighting cancer and they tried to buy a co-op on the Upper East Side so they would be closer to Sloan Kettering and the board turned them down, he was devastated. They moved to NJ for a bit and lived very quietly till she passed and he went back to CA.

    Oh and the stereotypes, so if a gay man helps you pick out clothes you must be gay? Ok NOT!

    • Peaches says:

      Not only that he didn’t love her, Fulsom claims he beat Pat. I suppose he could have been one of those mean drunks, but even so.

      Sort of related, one of the most shocking things I learned from the book Game Change was how cruel John McCain was to his wife. That alone disqualified him to be President.

      • Jules says:

        Yeah, I don’t think this author bothered to read very much about Pat. She was a tough lady-had a very sad childhood, worked her way through school, was somewhat shy and thrust into the spotlight when Dick ran for Congress and then asked to be VP.

        The Nixon’s entertained a lot when they lived on Fifth Ave, he was asked to be a partner in a law firm after the CA Gov defeat. Both daughters had NY society debuts.

        She worked on every campaign as the secretary, typing speeches, writing letters, routine clerical work and campaign scheduling.

        I’m pretty sure all of the so called abuse would have been fairly common knowledge well before now if in any way true. Nixon had a lot of enemies, and this would have been rich fodder long before now.