I cook the wick at both ends
Just to blend that element of chance with my tight rope dance
These two lines are spoken with the same delivery used in the previous line creating a satirical perspective of Richard Nixon’s scandal. He is making a mockery here of the former President’s many rationalizations of his crime, including the statement “If the president does it, that means it’s not illegal”
Aesop gives the image of a wick—probably attached to some explosive—burning at both ends, only for the purpose of inserting a bit more excitement into the perpetrator’s life. Nixon was famous for overstepping his power in office and committing violations of civil rights against Americans; by the time Watergate had come to light, it seemed as if the president was breaking laws simply for the excitement.
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