The Presidency: White House West


Like many American families, the mobile Richard Nixons have had no permanent home. Since World War II, Nixon's career has taken them to Washington, California, New York and now Washington again. But Dick and Pat Nixon were raised in California, and last week they were wrapping up final details to buy a house that could re-establish their roots in their old state.

Their White House West will be Cotton Point, a spacious adobe villa in the resort town of San Clemente, 50 miles south of Los Angeles. The location appeared ideal for a presidential retreat. The weather is dry and sunny...

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