Depending on how warmly he feels about a departing subordinate, Richard Nixon accepts resignations with either "deep personal regret," "deep regret," "regret," or simply "appreciation." When Miles W. Kirkpatrick resigned last week after two years as chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, a White House spokesman could muster only "appreciation" for Kirkpatrick's services. After some questioning by the press, that lukewarm feeling was heated up a day later to "deep regret." Even so, as a Republican Senator explained: "Nixon expects people to know fundamentally what his philosophy is and generally to...

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