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March 12, 2012

The Secret Hearts of Men

"Somehow on Tuesday there was something electric in the usually almost stifling air in Whittier. And now I know. An Irish gypsy who radiates all that is happy and beautiful was there. She left behind her a note addressed to a struggling barrister who looks from a window and dreams. And in that note he found sunshine and flowers, and a great spirit which only great ladies can inspire,"

Amazing.

Posted by Cassandra at March 12, 2012 07:06 AM

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He was a complicated man.

I think it would be fun to have a "Presidential Weekend" seeing the Reagan library and the Nixon Library - within a couple of hours of each other.

Years ago I'd drive down I5 and see just a bit of the Nixon "Western White House" at San Clemente.

What an estate that was, along the ocean. I think it was sold to a developer - when he moved to NY - and subdivided.

Heck (as long as I am in a rambling mode) it would be fun to see the Reagan "ranch" outside Santa Barbara - after reading the book by John Barletta, Riding With Reagan" it got my curiosity.

Posted by: Bill Brandt at March 12, 2012 10:46 AM

I've always thought Nixon would have made a great protagonist for a Shakespeare play.

I was fascinated with him as a child and young woman - I thought of him as very much a tragic figure. So much potential and intellect, wrapped in a package without the surface charm that people are so often (and so illogically) impressed by.

I've always wondered at the effect of such a prodigious intelligence trapped in such an unprespossessing exterior.

I am glad that his Irish gypsy saw him as he could have been, and loved him for it.

Posted by: Cassandra at March 12, 2012 02:52 PM

"I thought of him as very much a tragic figure. So much potential and intellect, wrapped in a package without the surface charm that people are so often (and so illogically) impressed by.

I've always wondered at the effect of such a prodigious intelligence trapped in such an unprespossessing exterior."

That may be the best summation of RMN that I've ever seen.

He coulda' been a contender...

Posted by: bt_let-me-say-this-about-that_hun at March 12, 2012 05:06 PM

When I think of Nixon's personality I think of Johnny Carson - Carson was described as an introvert - terrified at meeting 10 people at a party - who could perform in front of 10 million and a camera.

Watergate - what a waste and indeed a Greek Play - was it hubris or fear that made him defensive?

The whole thing was unnecessary. (The Break In).

Cass - an excellent summation.

Posted by: Bill Brandt at March 12, 2012 10:58 PM