Nixon loved that yacht
One expenditure buried in the bill is $2 million for the Navy to repurchase the presidential yacht Sequoia. The yacht was built in 1925 and first used by President Herbert Hoover. In the throes of Watergate, President Richard M. Nixon cruised the Potomac at night on the boat and brooded on his fate.
When President Jimmy Carter was trying to rid the White House of an imperial image, he had the yacht sold to a private group for $286,000. Ever since, it has been rented out for private parties. [NYT]
Ah, good times:
Morning Edition, July 29, 2003· A floating retreat, the USS Sequoia was one of the places presidents from Hoover to Carter found to escape the rigors of office. Richard Nixon came to the 104-foot-long vessel on perhaps the most difficult moment of his presidency, the day he announced his resignation. Now there's an effort to preserve the former presidential yacht. NPR's Susan Stamberg reports.
Continuing the revival of traditional Nixonian values, Congress "accidentally" passed a bill that would have allowed two committee chairmen and their assistants to access to income tax returns without regard to privacy protections. RN loved peeking at his enemies' tax returns.