Photo by Janet Donovan
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernsetin
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernsetin

Woodward and Bernstein – the journalistic team who uncovered the Watergate scandal in the seventies – celebrated yet another anniversary. Just when you thought there was nothing more to say about the resignation of President Richard Milhous NixonThe Washington Post hosted a panel discussion Wednesday night with a look at declassified White House tapes.

The event was hosted by reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward; Elizabeth Drew, author of “Washington Journal;” Ken Hughes, author of “Chasing Shadows;” and columnist Ruth Marcus as moderator. Martin Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post, provided the opening remarks.  The occasion marked the 40th Anniversary of that resignation, the only one in the history of the Presidency.

Two years ago Hollywood on the Potomac attended a Watergate symposium on the anniversary of the break in …… in the very garage where Woodward held his clandestine meetings with Mark Felt a.k.a. ‘deep throat.’  It’s about to be demolished, although the new developers plan to place a commemorative marker on the site.  At least there’s that.

The 2012 event opened with remarks by The Newshour’s Jim Lehrer

“So here we are and the question is what was Watergate?  What is it now?  What will it be tomorrow and all the tomorrows still to come?  At the beginning, it was in fact just a piece of real estate. And unless somebody demolishes it – and it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen any time soon – it may always be the Watergate as a building.”  In the end, Watergate will be just a piece of real estate.