The Presidency: Conciliation, Confrontation

All week long Richard Nixon basked joyfully in the returns from the most important speech of his presidency, the televised address to his fellow citizens on the problems of war and peace in Viet Nam. There was a flood of congratulatory telegrams that he cheerfully displayed for photographers, a quickie Gallup telephone poll after the speech that showed a 77% favorable response, and a firm consensus of politicians and pundits that Nixon had achieved what he set out to do. At the same time, protesters against the war, unmollified by Nixon's blandishments, readied for this week's demonstrations even more...

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