THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: A Promising New Partnership

When Nelson Rockefeller flew to Washington to be sworn in as Vice President, the family jet pulled up to the ramp at National Airport with the door on the wrong side of the television cameras. He entered capital history totally obscured by the fuselage of his Gulfstream.

Going to the White House a couple of days later to get his first instructions from Gerald Ford, Rockefeller took just one aide with him; the assistant stayed quietly out of the way. For those few hours backstage, Rockefeller walked through the routine by himself, drawing very little special attention but going unerringly over...

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