Awesome / All the President's Men


  • Woodstein gets a story about Ken Clawson, one of the people involved in the ratfucking campaign, via a female co-worker that Clawson was apparently flirting with. When Clawson finds out, he calls Bradlee and begs for the story not to run:
    Clawson (on the phone): Please, listen, now, if you're going to refer to that alleged conversation with Sally Aiken, you can't print that it took place in her apartment. I have a wife and a family and a dog and a cat.
    Bradlee: A wife and a family and a dog and a cat. Right, Ken, right, yeah. Uh, Ken, I don't want to print that you were in Sally's apartment...
    Clawson: Thank God.
    Bradlee: I just want to know what you said, in Sally's apartment.
    • Clawson became so associated with the line "a wife and a family and a dog and a cat" that it was placed in his Wikipedia biography. It is still there today, contextualized.
  • Woodward and Bernstein figuring out a way to get a reluctant witness - the Bookkeeper - to reveal two people involved in the slush fund. It works, when the Bookkeeper asks them how who told them about Porter.
  • Woodward chewing out Deep Throat after the report on Haldeman goes wrong:
    Woodward: Listen, I'm tired of your chicken shit games! I don't want hints! I need to know what you know!
    (long beat as Deep Throat realizes that his ass is on the line now.)
    Deep Throat (slowly): It was a Haldeman operation. The whole business was run by Haldeman, the money, everything. It won't be easy getting at him, he was insulated, you'll have to find out how. Mitchell started doing covert stuff before anyone else, the list is longer than anyone can imagine... it involves the entire U.S. Intelligence Community. FBI... CIA... Justice... it's incredible. Cover-up had little to do with Watergate, it was mainly to protect the covert operations. It leads everywhere. Get out your notebook, there's more. Your lives are in danger.

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