Alone with me in the basement of a New Jersey
motor lodge, a presidential candidate who
vigorously campaigned against the Vietnam War
took off his suit coat. Two secret service agents
remained stationed at the top of the stairs.
He unbuttoned and removed his shirt, unbuckled
his belt, stripped to his shorts and handed me each article of clothing
as he dressed in more “conservative” attire. He explained that he
was heading to New York City and didn’t want the folks
back in South Dakota, via national television coverage,
to see how he appeared during the luncheon stump-speech delivered minutes earlier.
Now I possessed the answer to the burning question of the ’72
campaign, asked by at least one reporter at each stop. Reading my mind, the candidate
glared at me and said, “Charlie, swear—swear you’ll never give the
answer to the boxers or briefs question.”
“Yes, Senator, I promise.” But I wondered if travelling campaign
reporter, Hunter S. (Gonzo) Thompson, if he knew, would keep Senator
George McGovern’s deepest personal secret.
I imagined not.
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