The Nation: Hanging In There at San Clemente

Down the street from the Western White House, a friendly innkeeper posted a word of encouragement on his motel marquee: MR. PRESIDENT, TO BE GREAT IS TO BE MISUNDERSTOOD. HANG IN THERE. It was perhaps the most heartening message that Richard Nixon received all week.

Day after day, the disturbing news from the East crashed upon the President's retreat like the waves from the Pacific below. First came the Supreme Court's unanimous decision that the President must surrender the 64 subpoenaed tapes to Judge John Sirica. This was followed by the defection of at...

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