Nation: Broadcasting Status

Every presidency develops its own trappings of status. Under Richard Nixon, the favored few who travel on Air Force One cherish their blue, Air Force special issue flight jackets emblazoned with the presidential seal and personal silver-and-black name tags. All the President's top aides—Henry Kissinger, John Ehrlichman, H.R. Haldeman—wear them aboard. Even Nixon's personal secretary, Rose Mary Woods, suits up.

Lately there is a new symbol of status. Free of charge, Washington's C & P Telephone Co. has installed ten of its still experimental "picturephones" in the offices of the highest presidential advisers....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!