This story made my jaw drop last night! I couldn’t believe what I was reading. We all knew that Richard Nixon was one of America’s most troubled presidents. But, I never expected to discover that it was a possibility that he had had a gay love affair that spanned multiple decades. In a new book titled Nixon’s Darkest Secrets, author Don Fulsom spills on some details regarding Nixon’s secret affections.
Nixon’s supposed love interest? Cuban-American businessman Charles ‘Bebe’ Rebozo. According to Fulsom, a former White House reporter, Nixon’s relationship with his wife was simply platonic and was even given kissing lessons to help his relationship seem valid in the public eye. The Daily Mail reports:
Nixon and Rebozo, who the feds believe laundered money for mob kingpins in Florida and Cuba, swam, sunbathed and dined together during guys-only vacations in exclusive Key Biscayne, FL., and were once spotted holding hands under the table during a dinner with K Street power brokers.
Another reporter had apparently told Fulsom that he once caught a boozy Nixon nuzzling Rebozo “the way you’d cuddle your senior prom date.” The fact that the two were pals was no secret to Washington officials, however whispers did float around about the two being a possible item right up until Nixon’s death in 1994. Rebozo was right by his side until he passed and then later died four years after.
Other claims from the book say that Nixon drank bathtubs of booze garnering the nickname “Our Drunk” from his own staff. Along with that came rumors that he abused and beat his wife Pat Nixon during and after his presidency. While things seems fine and loving in the public eye, behind closed doors he’d call her a “f—— b—-” and hit her.
Macmillan, the book’s publisher, said that “Nixon’s Darkest Secrets” is based on Fulsom’s reporting during the Nixon administration, along with interviews with members of Congress, former White House staffers and others from the 37th President’s inner circle.
The Nixon Foundation has yet to comment on the book.