Gateway to Edgy

Photo by Joy Asico
Bob Woodward shown here with Watergate dweller Wyatt Dickerson
Bob Woodward shown here with Watergate dweller Wyatt Dickerson

According to some dictionaries, watergate is defined as the gate of a town or castle opening on to a lake, river, or sea. We define it as an incident that occured during the 1972 US presidential campaign and a series of scandals that followed during the Nixon administration; or as The Free Dictionary puts it: “When a group of agents employed by the re-election organization of President Richard Nixon were caught breaking into the Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate building, Washington, DC. The consequent political scandal was exacerbated by attempts to conceal the fact that senior White House officials had approved the burglary and eventually forced the resignation of President Nixon.”  No matter the variances of definition, Watergate will forever symbolize both luxury and political scandal.

For years, the adjacent Watergate Hotel was the watering hole of the rich and famous, heads of state, visiting dignitaries, and most notably the Watergate buglers.  We’re not sure how it fell into disarray and shut down almost a decade ago …… but the legend is back after years of collecting dust and memories.  Hollywood on the Potomac attended a Washington Post panel event in 2012 with all of the Watergate players in tow, including Woodward and Bernstein, the then cub reporters who broke the story as well as Editor Ben Bradlee who approved the courageous journalistic move.