People, Mar. 27, 1972

At the invitation of Tricia Nixon Cox, four-year-old Patrick Lyndon Nugent turned up at the White House to reclaim his occasional place behind the desk in the presidential office. He brought along his mother Loci Johnson Nugent, swiveled happily in the big presidential chair and gleefully pounded the desk with a gavel. At his press conference, young Lyndon fielded questions with all the aplomb of his grandfather. Did he know who used to work here? "Boppa." Who likes elephants? "President Nixon." If he has absorbed from his family any other insights into Boppa's successor, he showed the political savvy to keep...

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