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|" Time Magazine: "Junie B. Jones is a feisty six-year-old with an endearing penchant for honesty." From the Trade Paperback edition.|
|Aristotle called this error the “implication of the opposite.” Most of us probably are |
more familiar with it in terms of President Richard Nixon's now infamous
statement in response to a newspaper editor's question: “I am not a crook.”
|I stared at my typewriter again, and then typed: Ask not what your country can do |
for you. Ask what you can do for your country. I paused, stared at the bare green
walls, then typed: I am not a crook. I am not a crook. A crook I am not. Not a crook
|Stresses fall throughout the sentence evenly, and the emphasis could as easily |
lie on “well” as on “crook” or “not.” “I am not a crook” sounds altogether different.
The rhythm is staccato, calling attention to the gathering consonantal harshness
|I hear dim voices coming from my brain. Maybe it's some other poor wretch |
trapped in here too. So I crawl through my sinuses to investigate—to rescue him.
As I approach my brain cavity, one voice becomes intelligible. "I am not a crook,”
|The editor of the transcript (not me) has deleted, for unstated reasons, all the four-|
letter words, including such innocent ones as fame, hope and love. "I am not a
crook. I -am a joker. Why did I bug myself? Surely not to provide my persecutors ...
|"I AM NOT A CROOK." WHEN PRESIDENT NIXON PRONOUNCED THAT |
SENTENCE before an audience of newspaper executives in November 1973, he
pointed the gun at his own temple and pulled the trigger. It might have been wiser
|recorded; hence the tapes for them did not exist. Buzhardt said that for one of the |
... Well,I am not a crook.53 This,then,was how far distrust had gone—the
president having to deny directly: “I am not a crook.” A few days later, a problem ...
|“I AM NOT A CROOK” The president of the United States declared at a press |
conference, “I am not a crook.” No other president ever felt compelled to declare
his innocence, but Richard Nixon needed to on the night ofNovember 17, 1973.