Nation: The Resident Wit

It will be up to the historians to decide whether German-born Henry Kissinger is advising the President wisely on national security. His reputation as the President's resident wit, however, should already be assured. Samples:

> "I had to turn down an engagement the other day because I was observing a very private and deeply religious occasion—Bismarck's birthday."

> "Yes, there is a plan for getting out of Viet Nam. Just this morning I was alone in the Oval Office with the President and he leaned over and told me, 'Henry, I would tell you my Viet Nam plan if there weren't so many...

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