All the President's Men

All the President's Men Glossary

aide

assistant to a political leader

infiltrate

to invade

bureaucracy

a large system of institutions and employees

switchblade

a blade that springs out when a button is pressed

conspiracy

a secret plot to do something harmful

lecture

scold

ballgame

making a serious situation umimportant

wringer

A device for drying laundry consisting of two rollers between which the wet laundry is squeezed (or wrung)

compendium

a collection of information about a subject

earmark

to set aside

credentials

qualifications or achievements

counterculture

a way of life that opposes the norm

fumble

move clumsily

misdemeanor

a petty crime punishable by a fine, as opposed to a more serious felony

impeachment

A formal accusation of wrongdoing

rat-fucking

sabotaging political opponents in ways that aren't obvious

CREEP

The Committee to Re-Elect the President (Richard Nixon)

slush fund

un-designated money, generally involved in criminal activity

DNC

Democratic National Committee

bugging

wiretapping

"Dirty Tricks"

a Nixon campaign word for sabotaging enemies