Shock jock Howard Stern

Though he’s hardly a fan of President Bush, shock jock Howard Stern has some words of praise for recent Republican presidents including Richard Nixon who resigned from office under the specter of looming impeachment by Congress in 1974.

“I like Gerald Ford, I like Ronald Reagan,” Stern told Sean Hannity of Fox News’ “Hannity & Colmes” program tonight in a prerecorded interview. “I think Richard Nixon was one of the best presidents that we ever had. I think he got caught up with a bunch of thugs who worked around him who really did him in.”

Stern, who made the move this year to satellite radio from broadcast airwaves, drew similarities between the current commander in chief and the way the Nixon administration handled matters.

“I think in a way, Bush, too, sort of gets led around by [Vice President] Cheney and that whole gang of his … and I think he really got sort of led into even the war in Iraq. I think if Bush had to do it all over again, I don’t think he’d do the war in Iraq. I think he’d concentrate more still today on Afghanistan. We would have nailed Osama bin Laden by now because let’s not forget, he is the guy who led the 9-11 attacks. We still haven’t captured him. I think that Afghanistan would be more secured.”

Stern, who is known to revel in having lesbians and strippers on his show, was asked if he’d like his own daughters to strip professionally.

“A stripper would be a big problem,” he responded. “Because I’d want something better for them than be a stripper. I think stripping is a really tough life. I know enough strippers to know that most of them are unhappy. It’s really sort of a sad life. … I am fascinated by strippers, not because they’re naked. … What’s fascinating to me is how do you get into that life? How do you accept that life and live it normally. That’s what’s important to me. I love to talk to people who live on the fringe. I’m amazed by it.”

The subject of belief in God was also discussed, with Stern stating he was a “spiritual person.”

“I’m afraid to say I don’t [believe in God]. Because what the hell happens if I die and I meet my Maker? I’m a religious paranoid. I’m really just afraid. But I don’t believe in any religion. I just can’t get behind the whole organized-religion thing.”

When asked about all the items in the universe, Stern noted, “Howard Stern is at the center of the universe. I’m pretty sure I’m the center. Everything else there is for my amusement. Now you know why I’m in therapy four days a week. Talk about a narcissist.”

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