# All the President's Men Character List

## Bob Woodward

A cub reporter whose biggest exposure within the pages of the Washington Post prior to the break-in was in the form of health violations of local restaurants. On June 17, 1972, Bob Woodward’s greatest claim to journalistic fame was contributing to the shuttering of a few local D.C. eateries. Today, his fame rests upon his contribution to shuttering the White House to its then-occupant, Pres. Richard M. Nixon, before the end of his term. Woodward was portrayed by Robert Redford in the film version.

## Carl Bernstein

The chain-smoking, long-haired, liberal registered Democrat member of Woodstein—the shorthand nickname applied to Woodward and Bernstein. Bernstein’s route to becoming one-half of the most pair of newspaper reporters of the latter half of the 20th century is like something out of a movie—a much different and older type of newspaper movie than All the President’s Men. Bernstein literally went from teenage copy boy with the Washington Star to sharing a Pulitzer Prize for his Watergate coverage in less than fifteen years and without a college degree in journalism or any other discipline. Dustin Hoffman nailed Bernstein’s more idiosyncratic character (than Woodward’s) in the film version.

## John Mitchell

John Mitchell was Attorney General under Pres. Richard Nixon until he resigned to become the Campaign Director of the Committee to Re-Elect the President. A phone conversation between Bernstein and John Mitchell figures prominently in the book.

## H.R. Bob" Haldeman

Officially the White House Chief of Staff, Haldeman was widely viewed as the second most powerful person in the Executive Branch due to his close relationship with Pres. Richard Nixon. Woodward and Bernstein were savvy enough to know that if they could connect the money they were following to Haldeman, it would by definition mean establishing a connection to the President himself. And if that was the case, then the President of the United States would be accused of obstruction of justice; an impeachable offense. The climax of the film adaptation of All the President’s Men occurs at one of the lowest points of the investigation by Woodstein; apparently getting the story of Hugh Sloan fingering Haldeman’s involvement in the cover-up to the grand jury charged with hearing testimony on the issue wrong. In fact, Sloan did not name Haldeman before the grand jury…but only because they never asked if Haldeman did receive “hush money” from the slush fund. The movie ends on that dramatic misstep because by the time it was released, pretty much everyone knew the reporters would eventually be redeemed. Haldeman’s temporary escape from the clutches of justice occurs roughly halfway through the book.

## Bernard L. Barker, Virgilio Gonzalez, Eugenio Martinez, James W. McCord, Jr. &amp; Frank Sturgis

These five men are the burglars whose arrest inside the National Democratic Party Headquarters at the Watergate kicked off the biggest political scandal in U.S. history.

## John Dean

John Dean's official title was Counsel to the President. Heavily involved in all aspects of the cover-up of the Watergate scandal, he would eventually discover his conscience and his testimony before Congress would the source of much detailed inside information that even Woodward and Bernstein could not penetrate as investigative reporters.

## Alexander Butterfield

Butterfield was an aide to H.R. Haldeman and Deputy Assistant to the President. Butterfield plays only a minor role in All the President's Men, but would eventually become one of the key figures in the path leading to Richard Nixon's resignation of the Presidency. It was Butterfield who blew the lid off the Senate investigation with his revelation that Nixon had a secret taping system that essentially recorded every conversation which took place in the Oval Office.

## Richard M. Nixon

Although Woodward and Bernstein never gained access to Pres. Nixon during their investigation, his presence hangs over All the President's Men in a way not entirely dissimilar to how the presence of Vito Corleone hangs over even those sections of The Godfather in which he is physically absent.

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