I spotted this old Look Magazine today while perusing an antique store. It’s a kind of puff piece on Nixon less than a year before Watergate, when he was described as a “courageous and deeply patriotic President.”
I’ve only scanned it so far, but it’s interesting seeing descriptions of the many people we know would later end up in jail. Little did we & they know then.
When asked how he would like to be remembered in history, Nixon said “I want everybody in this country to recognize that our system provides for peaceful change…. Whoever is President of the United States, and what he does, is going to determine the kind of world we have. His leadership must be strong — and firm — and, we hope, wise…. The problem now is the American spirit. This is a crisis of the spirit that we face. The most important thing of all is to restore the American spirit… That is what I would like to do before I leave this office.”