The Nation: The 56th Secretary

Approved by the Senate 78-7 last week, Henry A. Kissinger was sworn in as the nation's 56th Secretary of State—and the first naturalized U.S. citizen to hold that post. With his proud mother Paula, 73, holding the Bible, Kissinger took the oath of office from Chief Justice Warren Burger while his father Louis, 87, son David, 12, and daughter Elizabeth, 14, looked on. A beaming Nixon introduced the new top diplomat as a man of "poise, strength, and character."

Kissinger, who with his German-Jewish family fled the Nazi regime in 1938, responded by noting: "There is no country in the world where...

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