Spiro Agnew
Spiro Theodore Agnew (ˈspɪroʊ ˈæɡnuː; November 9, 1918September 17, 1996) was the 39th Vice President of the United States (1969–1973), serving under President Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon
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, and the 55th Governor of Maryland
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 (1967–1969). He was also the first Greek American
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 to hold these offices.

During his fifth year as Vice President, in the late summer of 1973, Agnew was under investigation by the United States Attorney
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's office in Baltimore
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, Maryland, on charges of extortion
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, tax fraud, bribery and conspiracy
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A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.

Denouncing Moratorium Day protest against Vietnam War; in NY "Times," 20 Oct 69

In the United States today, we have more than our share of the nattering nabobs of negativism.

Speech, San Diego, 11 Sept 1970.

Sing a song of Spiro Agnew and all the things he has done. (No other lyrics)

John Denver

Boy! They're (MAD Magazine) really sockin' it to that Spiro Agnew guy again, he must work there or something.

Bart Simpson