Movie: Nixon [1995] Movie: Nixon [1995]

Pat Nixon:
I was thinking tonight - do you remember, Dick? Do you remember when you used to drive me on dates with the other boys? You didn't want to let me out of your sight.



Richard M. Nixon:
Yeah, sure, a long time ago.



Pat Nixon:
Yes, it's been a long time...


[sensing a signal, recoils]



Richard M. Nixon:
I don't need that, buddy. I'm not Jack Kennedy.



Pat Nixon:
[rebuffed] No, you're not. So stop comparing yourself to him. You have no reason to. You have everything you ever wanted. You've earned it. Why can't you just enjoy it?



Richard M. Nixon:
I do. I do. In my own way.



Pat Nixon:
Then what are you scared of, honey?



Richard M. Nixon:
I'm not scared, buddy... You don't understand. They're playing for keeps, buddy. The press, the kids, the liberals - they're out there, trying to figure out how to tear me down.



Pat Nixon:
They're all your enemies?



Richard M. Nixon:
Yes!



Pat Nixon:
You personally?



Richard M. Nixon:
Yes! This is about me. Why can't you understand that, you of all people? It's not the war - It's Nixon! They want to destroy Nixon! And if I expose myself even the slightest bit they'll tear my insides out. Do you want that? Do you want to see that, buddy? It's not pretty.



Pat Nixon:
Sometimes I think that's what you want.



Richard M. Nixon:
[contemptuous] What the hell are you saying? Are you drunk? Jesus, you sound just like them now! I've got to keep fighting, buddy, for the country. These people running things, the elite... they're soft, chickenshit faggots! They just want to cover their asses and meet girls and tear each other down. Oh, God, this country's in deep, deep trouble, buddy... and I have to see this through. Mother would've wanted no less of me.



Pat Nixon:
I just wish... you knew how much I love you, that's all. It took me a long time to fall in love with you, Dick. But I did. And it doesn't make you happy. You want them to love you...


[motions outward, indicating the public]



Richard M. Nixon:
[interjects] No, I don't. I'm not Jack...



Pat Nixon:
But they never will, Dick. No matter how many elections you win, they never will.

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