- Richard Nixon was labeled a "psycho"
and called "nuts" during a no-holds-barred telephone chat between
President John F. Kennedy and the governor of California in 1962, newly
released JFK tapes reveal.
- The stunning slaps at Nixon came as JFK
and Gov. Edmund "Pat" Brown chatted after Brown's gubernatorial
victory over Nixon in 1962.
- "You reduced him to the nut house,"
said Kennedy, after Nixon's infamous "last press conference"
after his 300,000-vote loss to Brown.
- "That last farewell speech of his
... it shows that he belongs on the couch," Kennedy said.
- Brown agreed, then said humiliating Nixon
was what Kennedy - who defeated Nixon for the presidency in 1960 - had
- "This is a very peculiar fellow.
This is a very peculiar man," the governor said.
- "I really think that he is psycho.
He's an able man, but he's nuts!"
- When Kennedy asked Brown what he thought
about Nixon's political future in California, the governor said that morning's
famed speech may have doomed him in the Golden State.
- The Kennedy-Brown conversation was among
the tapes released late last month by the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston.
The taped chat was discovered and reported by the San Francisco Examiner
- Six years later, Nixon carried California,
his native state, in his presidential bid against Democratic candidate
- Still, until he died, he harbored a belief
that Kennedy had stolen the 1960 election, according to Gen. Alexander
Haig, Nixon's chief of staff.
- Tapes made by Nixon during his presidency,
now stored at the National Archives, reveal he also blamed Kennedy for
the 1962 defeat.
- It is not known whether Nixon was ever
informed about the JFK-Brown conversations.
- Pat Brown was the father of another former
California governor, Jerry Brown, who went on to make an unsuccessful run
for the presidency.
- The Kennedy Library still has many tapes
and personal documents that have never been publicly released.
- Kennedy was killed by an assassin's bullets
as he and his wife, Jackie, rode through downtown Dallas, Texas, on Nov.