Monday, November 14, 2016

The cringeworthy comedy of J. Edgar Hoover

A year before he died, J. Edgar Hoover tried something he hadn’t done before in his nearly five decades as FBI director. He tried to be funny.

The American Newspaper Women’s Club was honoring Martha Mitchell, the wife of Hoover’s close friend, the Attorney General John Mitchell. Considering Hoover’s less-than-glowing opinion of the press, and that he was basically a recluse at this point in his life, it was something a coup that Hoover actually agreed to attend.

And even more, he agreed to “some remarks in a light vein.”

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