Nation: The Pal from Key Biscayne

Kings once resorted to the uncomplicated companionship of their court jesters to lighten the burden of loneliness that often accompanies power. U.S. Presidents have generally managed less condescending personal friendships while in office. Both Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower had the easy company of George Allen, an adept poker player and raconteur. Dave Powers served as a sort of White House entertainer under John Kennedy, accompanying the President to ball games and cracking Boston Irish gags to relax him.

Richard Nixon will also have at least one crony with whom he can feel completely comfortable when the pressures of office grow too...

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