When attempting to be a sneaky bastard…
It’s helpful not to have to use tape to keep a door open that the night watchman then finds and removes that you then have to replace AGAIN. And the watchman finds it. Again. Leading to the cops being called and you being arrested and the whole country losing its collective mind because OMG, WIRETAPPING!!!11!!1!
June 17, 1972.
It actually began in January of that year when the plan was hatched to spy on the Democratic Party. It went through a couple iterations before the first break-in at the Watergate Hotel happened on May 28. Two phones at the DNC offices were alleged to have been wiretapped, however evidence of only one phone being bugged was ever found. It belonged to Robert Spencer Oliver who was the executive director of the Association of State Democratic Chairmen.
But the first bug? Well, it was kinda buggy. So they had to go back and repair it. D’oh! That was when they were discovered. Five men were arrested inside the DNC office and charged with attempted burglary and attempted interception of telephone and other communications.
A simple burgling job. Foiled by a night watchman who discovered tape on a door and then followed up when it mysteriously reappeared. And it brought down a presidency when the fool (who actually wasn’t even involved or consulted about the burglaries) sitting in the Oval Office decided to create ANOTHER conspiracy to cover up just who was involved in the break-in.
Don’t be like Dick! It will cost you your nice cushy residence in the White House. And then make awesome cartoonists lampoon you forever. All the good things you did will be washed away because of your pride and hubris. Children will first be introduced to you and what you did via books like this. I will forever associate the asterisk with Richard Nixon and the Watergate Scandal as a result. Good job!