Never Trust a Local: Inside Nixon's Campaign And the White by Charles Stuart

By Charles Stuart

The soreness and pleasure of the 2004 Presidential crusade among Bush and Kerry echoed the mad frenzy of previous, low-tech campaigns. In vital methods, little has fairly replaced within the basic nature of presidential campaigns, presidential politics, and presidential lives. In those pages, a Nixon guy stocks incidents and anecdotes that remove darkness from the internal workings of a presidential crusade and lifestyles within the White residence, revealing touching moments and flashes of character from the arguable Nixon years.These are small goods, a few severe, a few funny; telling little moments probably not to be addressed within the writings of extra well-known authors. it is a choice of the tales that give a contribution to the drama of a crusade, of perspectives from Pennsylvania street, and with them a few critiques on numerous White residence personalities.

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These, I kept in a bureau drawer in my room at the Hilton. Only Chotiner, Woods and several other senior staff knew of this cache. When friends approached them for tickets and made a good case, showing they were truly deserving, they were sent to me. I was unable to attend any of the receptions, myself, as I was kept busy answering knocks on the door from “old friends” from around the country seeking tickets to the gala, the Vice President’s Reception, and other events. Connie was suffering with a strep throat and all this while she was in bed with the covers pulled up to her nose, as an endless procession of ticket-seekers trooped through our room looking for help.

I would have to put together a shuttle service between the other hotels and the headquarters. The press would be unhappy, but there was little choice. With great relief, I started on the rest of my tasks. I called the State Republican Chairman and scheduled a meeting for the next day. I told him to bring a lot of volunteers. With six hotels, we would need them. Massachusetts is, of course, Kennedy country and the Republican Party was very small. Small, I was to find out, but rabid. When I told them this was to be the only visit to their state, they became aggravated and wanted to know why.

We were able to specify the time that Nixon would be at their location with confidence, because John Ehrlichman, the tour director, demanded exact adherence to the agreed upon schedule. The parade went well, with huge throngs of people, and we were pleased. At the end of the parade, the cars were all parked in the basement garage of the Hyatt. It was impossible to segregate a block of space, but the drivers tried to get the cars close together and in some kind of order. Then the drivers were sent to a special lounge we had established for them and they were warned not to wander off.

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