An Eloquent Response to Nixon's Slur, Part One

By Jeffrey Goldberg

A great letter published in the New York Times:

To the Editor:

The contents of the just released Nixon tapes are appalling and further expose the dark side of our disgraced 37th president. In them, President Nixon says he "didn't notice many Jewish names coming back from Vietnam ... I don't know how the hell they avoid it."

Those tapes highlight the hypocrisy that characterizes both the man and his presidency. The first living recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor for service in Vietnam were presented their awards by Nixon in October 1969. Among those four brave men was my brother, Jack Jacobs, a hero and a Jew.

Elissa Jacobs
Demarest, N.J., Dec. 11, 2010


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