Nation: Nixon's New-Found Humor

IT was not exactly a knee slapper and almost seemed to be unintentional. But given the context—the solemnity of the East Room of the White House and Richard Nixon's first press conference as President—the throwaway line was bound to elicit laughter. One of the first things he had done to cut down on crime in the capital, deadpanned the President, was to turn on the White House lights that Lyndon Johnson had turned off five years ago.

To many, the fact that Nixon has even a mild sense of humor comes as a surprise....

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