THE EX-PRESIDENT: Sentimental Journey

I sit in the Great Hall feasting on Peking duck.

How good it is compared to San Clemente crow.

—Art Buchwald, on Richard Nixon

He looked tanned and healthy, but his smile was tight and his bearing stiff. With his wife Pat and two of Peking's diplomats, he posed briefly at the doorway of the gleaming Chinese Boeing 707 jetliner. With that, the Richard Nixons flew from Los Angeles last week for a nine-day trip to the People's Republic of China, invited by Chairman Mao Tse-tung to mark the fourth anniversary of the former President's...

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