I have two items for my blog post today about Anthony Summers' The Arrogance of Power: The Secret World of Richard Nixon.
On page 348, we read: "'We're going to look like perfect fools when all
of the tapes are released,' Kissinger was to warn Ehrlichman. 'Nixon
will be heard delivering one of his tirades, saying all sorts of
outrageous things, and we will be sitting there quietly, not protesting
or disagreeing. You and I know that's how we had to do business with
him, but we will be judged harshly....'"
There are many times when
I do not challenge a person's offensive comment because I want to fit
in, or I don't want to come across as a joyless and self-righteous
buzzkill, or I don't want to embarrass anybody. But there are also
times when I am quite obnoxious about my opinions----because I feel
especially strongly about a particular issue, or I want attention, or
something that a person is saying is getting on my nerves. Maybe I
should put my latter self in the former kinds of situations. Of course,
coming up with tactful ways to express my disagreements is probably the
2. On page 469, we read: "At the White House one
day, Pat and her daughters sat alone while Nixon lunched with Norman
Vincent Peale and his family, Rose Woods, and former Eisenhower aide
Robert Keith Gray. 'He never ate a thing, just stared at his food,'
Gray recalled. 'The Peales talked to me and to Rose, and Nixon never
said a word. He was obviously too much in agony to have company, yet
also too much in agony to be alone.'"
People...you can't live with
them, you can't live without them! I have a hunch that I myself cannot
be satisfied. I want to be affirmed by others, but I feel smothered if
I am overly affirmed. Perhaps, in Nixon's case, he just needed to be
around people, on that occasion, whether he chimed into the conversation