THE VICE-PRESIDENCY: The Trail of Informality

By scrapbook measurements, Vice President Nixon's 28-day, ten-country swing through Mexico and the Caribbean area was a bulging success. It brought reams of enthusiastic newspaper stories, and snapshots of Dick and Pat Nixon getting keys to cities, eating bananas in banana republics, shaking hands with grinning laborers, sipping coconut milk, greeting hospital patients, and—finally—getting the big welcome-home hug from their kids after landing in Washington last weekend. But between the scrapbook pages there was another story—the story of grueling, 18-hour days, of hard cramming that would stagger a Phi Beta Kappa,...

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