Special Section: Chagrined Cowboy

Ever since the secret trip to China, my own relationship with Nixon had grown complicated. Until then I had been an essentially anonymous White House assistant. But now his associates were unhappy, and not without reason, that some journalists were giving me perhaps excessive credit for the more appealing aspects of our foreign policy while blaming Nixon for the unpopular moves.

No Chief Executive would take kindly to an appointee who is cast by the media as the source of all constructive actions. This was compounded by Nixon's conviction that he faced a lifelong conspiracy of the old Establishment to destroy him....

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