WATERGATE: A Short, Partly Sunny Wait Between Planes

Richard Nixon's helicopter had barely touched down on the White House lawn when the tanned and smiling President bounced out and waggled a circled thumb and forefinger at his welcoming crowd. The small gesture signaled his satisfaction with the success of his trip to the Middle East. It seemed to symbolize too the widespread feeling among his aides that he had, as one put it, "turned the corner" on Watergate and was rebounding from that disaster.

Later in the week the short upward zig in Nixon's survival prospects flattened out somewhat when...

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