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,"
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.That may be the best summation of RMN that I've ever seen.
I've always wondered at the effect of such a prodigious intelligence trapped in such an unprespossessing exterior."
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