The Presidency: South of the Adjusted Border

With Orwellian thoroughness, fumigation squads swept through airport, hotel, plazas, streets. Tractors and crews toiled round the clock clearing debris from recent mud slides. Every stray dog was rounded up and vaccinated against rabies. Squatters' shacks along the river banks were uprooted and flowers were planted in their stead. Two hundred Mexican and American secret service men patrolled. Four battalions of Mexican troops moved in to help. Twenty thousand photographs of Presidents Richard Nixon and Gustavo Díaz Ordaz festooned the town.

Working Vacation. The activity left scarcely a resident of the...

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