The Presidency: Of Peace and Politics

For better or worse, the speech would be his own—all his own. As he worked past midnight in his hideaway study in the Executive Office Building and in isolation at Camp David, there were no proposed drafts, no stacks of memos, no turgid position papers to help. "He's writing it himself—with his pen on his little yellow pad," confided Communications Director Herb Klein. Although he may not have wanted it that way, President Nixon's speech on Viet Nam this week had shaped up as one of the most important of his Administration...

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