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Politics

Obama dodges question on Nixon comparisons

Charges of secrecy, heavy-handedness dog the president

WASHINGTON – It would have been the unlikeliest of inquiries just days ago. As President Obama stood Thursday amid the splendor of the Rose Garden, he was asked about comparisons between himself and one of the most notorious prior occupants of the Oval Office, Richard Nixon.

“I’ll let you guys engage in those comparisons,” Obama said in reference to the president who resigned in disgrace in 1974. “You can go ahead and read the history, I think, and draw your own conclusions.”

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