THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: An Illustrious Kaffeeklatsch

There was the comfortably familiar rattle of cups and saucers and the gurgle of hot coffee in Senate Minority Leader Howard Baker's office. Betty Ford nibbled a doughnut and declared it "delicious." Lynda Bird Johnson Robb told Richard Nixon she missed seeing his daughter Julie. "Henry, are you as mean as ever?" Nixon asked his former Secretary of State. "Yes," replied Kissinger, who had arrived with Nelson Rockefeller. "But I don't have as much opportunity as before."

Ford and Nixon compared golf games, Kissinger and Nixon compared books. Jimmy Carter asked Nixon when he had arrived in town and how long...

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