Speed Reads

A little piece of history

A retro Stephen Colbert fondly remembers Nixon on the 40th anniversary of his resignation

This week is the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon's resignation, after the House drew up articles of impeachment against him over the Watergate scandal. On Monday night's Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert offered a surprisingly fond look back at Nixon, as well as a clear-eyed reminder of the flaws that sealed Nixon's disgraceful exit from the Oval Office. To do this properly — or at least in the best, goofiest Colbert Report tradition — Colbert put on sideburns and a leisure suit, picked up a cigarette, and did the rest of the show inside a retro TV set.

For history buffs, Colbert's interviews with Nixon aides Pat Buchanan and John Dean later in the program are well worth a watch. You can find them at Colbert Nation. --Peter Weber