Pat Nixon: The Woman in the Cloth Coat

Never fond of the political life, Pat Nixon nevertheless bore her duties gracefully

Somehow Pat Nixon never quite captured the fancy of the American public. The cameras that caught the angular planes of her face missed the soft contours of her heart. Her Republican, cloth-coat persona was no match for the glamour of her predecessors: Jacqueline Kennedy, international trendsetter, and Lady Bird Johnson, poetic beautifier of highways. But most likely it was because Pat Nixon stood by her man in the best Tammy Wynette fashion. And from his ambitious first days in politics to the catastrophic final days, her man could not shake the visceral distrust of the public and the media.

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