THE VICE-PRESIDENCY: Nixon Africanus

Time and again, as the official motorcade edged its way through Casablanca's thronged streets, the smiling guest of honor left his blue Chevrolet convertible to mingle with the cheering crowds, shake hands, pass out ballpoint pens (left over from the U.S. presidential campaign) marked "Vice President Richard Nixon." Right beside him was Pat, with hard candies and bonbons for the children. Gashed Moroccan Foreign Minister Ahmed Balafrej, whose country was celebrating the first anniversary of its independence from France: "This is unprecedented."

Commissioned by the President to make an eight-nation, 18,000-mile...

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