Tuesday, January 23, 2007

E. Howard Hunt, 1918-2007




Eugene Bachinski: There's a strange entry in two of the burglars' address books.
Bob Woodward: Yeah?
Bachinski: One says "H.H. at W.H."; the other says "Howard Hunt, W. House".


--from All the President's Men (Alan J. Pakula, 1976)

9 comments:

Jeff Kallman said...

I had always assumed, working for the CIA for so many years, that anything the White House wanted done was the law of the land.---E. Howard Hunt, to CNN, 1992.

Whatever you do or don't think of the ultimate magnitude of Watergate, at least you can ponder whether such an assumption as that hasn't proved even more dangerous to this country and its freedom than whatever it was that the Watergate black baggers were seeking. It isn't that much of a stretch from Howard Hunt's comment to Paul Begala's self-satisfied comment, regarding Bill Clinton's executive order habits: "Stroke of the pen, law of the land. Neat."

---Jeff

Campaspe said...

well put.

Kathleen said...

Did you see Jon Swift's post on Hunt? He often suggests possibilities that would not otherwise have occurred to me. And enough possibilities already do occur to me that friends and relatives have long stopped asking my opinions. The ones closest to me don't need to ask: it's as if they can see my thought-trains and so close as they are, they keep their distance.

That Little Round-Headed Boy said...

Of course, I kind of miss the days when we had law-breaking characters like E. Howard Hunt, who actually wore sunglasses to a Congressional hearing, presumably to help stay in character. Now, we get "Scooter" Libby. Quite a fall-off. I bet Libby never put his hand over an open flame like G. Gordon Liddy. To paraphrase Norma Desmond, "They had CRIMINALS then!" Odd, though, that both Hunt and Libby wrote novels. I wonder where the impulse to master a creation and put yourself above the law comes from.

Campaspe said...

Kathleen, my thought trains could often run people over, too, LOL. I honestly posted this because I was thinking rather like TLRHB - we used to have SCANDALS, and they made pretty good movies. Libby is just not as exciting as ol' E. Howard, in terms of dramatic potential, I think.

Emma said...

I lurve All the President's Men.

Campaspe said...

Emma, I think it is an excellent example of how to take a complicated, talky plot and make it work on screen.

Noel Vera said...

Siren, off topic here, but I just realized that you were kind enough to link to my blog, while I never returned the favor! Corrected my grevious omission, ma'am.

Campaspe said...

Noel, I am the slowest reciprocal linker imaginable, so do not fret!