Cape Cod is often said to be one of the world's most beautiful places. It also has The Outer Cape Chorale. Today it performed Leonard Bernstein's intricate "Mass". The performance was beyond fabulous.
When Nixon's Chief of Staff, H.R. Haldeman, first mentioned that it would be Bernstein's "Mass" that would be performed, Nixon said, "Oh, shit." (It's on tape!) Bernstein had done plenty to earn a place on Nixon's famous "enemies list" -- among other things, he supported the Black Panthers; he was vehemently opposed to the Vietnam War; and he had associated with the radical anti-war priests, brothers Phillip and Daniel Berrigan.
Haldeman suggested that Nixon should not attend "Mass" but instead mark the opening of The Kennedy Center by going to The National Symphony's debut the following night for a performance of a program under the direction of its music director, Antal Dorati. This Nixon did.
Ah, beloved radicalism! Thanks Jon Arterton. Thanks Leonard Bernstein. Thanks Richard Nixon for tape-recording your howlers. I had a great day.