They began arriving at 10 a.m. by the dozens, then by the hundreds. By noon there were nearly 15,000 -ordinary citizens, students with placards of welcome, brass bands, civil servants, diplomats, Congressmen, Cabinet members and the President of the U.S. -crushing around the DC-6B just landed at Washington's National Airport. In the plane's doorway appeared Vice President and Mrs. Richard Nixon, back from their tumultuous 18-day tour of Latin America. This was their homecoming, rare in its deep-felt warmth.

The receiving line broke up, swirled around the Nixons. "You did a great...

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