On this day, November 5, 1968, Richard Nixon was elected as US President but he wasn't always a fan of the Irish. 

Richard Nixon made deeply disparaging remarks about Irish Americans Watergate-era tapes have revealed.

Nixon stated that the "Irish can't drink" because he claimed they "got mean", especially the real Irish from Ireland.

The tapes also reveal Nixon making racist comments about Blacks and Jews, but the Irish comments come as a complete surprise.

On other tapes, Nixon had been caught making anti-Semitic and anti-Black remarks, but this as the first time he had hit out at the Irish.

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The video here shows Nixon in Ireland:

The remarks were revealed in 265 hours of recording that were released in 2010 by the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.

Nixon was speaking to senior advisor Charles Colson when he made the remarks.

"I've just recognized, that, you know, all people have certain traits," he said.

"The Jews have certain traits," he stated.

"The Irish have certain-- for example, the Irish can't drink. What you always have to remember with the Irish is they get mean. Virtually every Irish I've known gets mean when he drinks. Particularly the real Irish," he said referring to people from Ireland.

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Nixon may have harbored animosity towards Irish Americans because John F. Kennedy narrowly defeated him in 1960 for the White House.

He himself had an Irish background and visited his ancestral roots during a visit to Ireland during his residency.

What do you make of Nixon's comments? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section, below. 

*Originally published in October 2011. 


American President Richard Nixon giving a press conference.Keystone/Getty Images