The Nation: The Other McGovern on the Stump

Dear Eleanor,

Needless to say, I treasure your words, but do not jeopardize your credibility or mine by making me sound too good. I have, as you know, a generous measure of faults, weaknesses and errors. As De Gaulle once said: "Every man of action has a strong dose of egotism, pride, hardness and cunning. But all those things will be forgiven him, indeed, they will be regarded as high qualities, if he can make them the means to achieve great ends." I confess to all the faults De Gaulle describes. I only hope they can be turned to worthwhile ends.

Love, George

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