Nixon Worried Pandas Didn't Know How to Have Sex
'The only way they learn is to watch other pandas mate'
By Jenn Gidman, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2014 11:40 AM CDT
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(Newser) – It's more than a little disturbing that America's least sexy president spent a nanosecond thinking about panda sex—but a recorded conversation reveals none other than Richard Nixon telling Washington Star foreign editor Crosby Noyes that, "They don't know how to mate." The recording comes via Douglas Brinkley and Luke Nichter, who wrote The Nixon Tapes: 1971–1972, and occurred as Nixon called to leak news that China's gift of two giant pandas, Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing, would go to the National Zoo, reports the Washington Post.

Nixon begins by admitting he doesn’t have anything “earthshaking” for Noyes, but before long he veers off into the problem with pandas. "The only way they learn is to watch other pandas mate. You see? So they’re keeping them [in China] a little while … to sort of learn, you know, how it’s done." Noyes laughs, and says that "sure, [the pandas need to] learn the ropes." Then he gets a little journalistic advice from Tricky Dick: "I just thought you should just have your best reporter out there to see whether these pandas ... have learned." (The Post has the complete transcript—though they also discussed things other than panda sex.)

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Arthur Remington
Jul 30, 2014 7:49 AM CDT
Up until now, the real truth about Watergate has never been fully reported. Thanks to Nixon's right-hand man Roger Stone, all that is about to change. In his book "Nixon's Secrets" he tells all that Nixon personally revealed to him. That would include facts from before the break-in, immediately afterward and then other juicy tidbits Nixon shared with him after he left the White House: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/nixons-secrets-roger-stone/1118070886?ean=9781629146034
OrneryPup
Jul 30, 2014 2:29 AM CDT
Nixon, just like Bush2, was a net loss in the final tally.
OrneryPup
Jul 30, 2014 2:27 AM CDT
In the long run, Nixon did the U.S.of A. tremendous damage by opening trade with China. At first they were fine consumers of American goods. But look where that took us. China now has us by the pocketbook as they flood our economy with their cheap products. Not to mention poisonous components and unsavory foodstuffs.