Barbarians at the (Water)gate
The customer needed a haircut before an important public appearance.
The barber made polite conversation on the one subject every last customer was interested in: “What do you think of these Watergate hearings?”
“They’re pretty interesting, but I haven’t been able to see much of them.”
“I’ll say they’re interesting. I’m bringing my TV set to the shop next week. I want to see this guy Dean get his butt kicked.”
“Yeah, that’s going to be something. We’ll find out what the squealer has to say for himself.”
“Right. You know, I can’t imagine a guy lying that way about President Nixon. The guy is crazy, maybe.”
“Could be,” John Dean said, with all sincerity.
Perlstein, Rick (2014-08-05). The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan (Kindle Locations 2870-2875). Simon & Schuster. Kindle Edition.