“There are times when an abortion is necessary. I know that. When you have a black and a white,” he told an aide, before adding: “Or a rape.”This exchange between the President and Republican National Committee Chairman George Herbert Walker Bush belongs in a novel:
“I noticed a couple of very attractive women, both of them Republicans, in the legislature,” Nixon tells Bush. “I want you to be sure to emphasize to our people, God, let’s look for some... Understand, I don’t do it because I’m for women, but I’m doing it because I think maybe a woman might win someplace where a man might not... So have you got that in mind?”I consider, for the hundredth time, the humiliations that Poppy Bush endured for the sake of careerism.
“I’ll certainly keep it in mind,” Bush replies.
“Boy, they were good lookin’ and bright,” Nixon continues. And he had been informed, further, that “they’re two of the best members of the House.”
“Well, that’s terrific,” Bush says