One of the things that struck me most about the film, besides of course the level of dishonesty and the fact that said dishonesty extended across five presidencies and thousands of state employees, was the reminder of what a wicked, calculating, cruel man Richard Nixon was. There is no question in my mind that he was a criminal of the rankest kind and should have been prosecuted as such. Below are just a couple of the quotes played from the Nixon tapes in the course of the film.
[Caution: Strong Language]
Nixon: The only place where you and I disagree ... is with regard to the bombing. You're so goddamned concerned about civilians and I don't give a damn. I don't care.
Kissinger: I'm concerned about the civilians because I don't want the world to be mobilized against you as a butcher.
Nixon: I still think we ought to take the North Vietnamese dikes out now. Will that drown people?
Kissinger: About two hundred thousand people.
Nixon: No, no, no, I'd rather use the nuclear bomb. Have you got that, Henry?
Kissinger: That, I think, would just be too much.
Nixon: The nuclear bomb, does that bother you?...I just want you to think big, Henry, for Christsakes.
Nixon: Now listen here: Printing top secret information... I don't care how they feel about the war. Whether they're for or against it. They can't and should not do this and attack the integrity of government and by God, I'm gonna fight that son of a bitching paper. They don't know what's gonna hit them now.