Brookings, Richard Nixon, Dixon discussed on The Brookings Cafeteria

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But there were others. Like Charles Colson who was very ruthless man who had clearly joined the Nixon staff in order to get in and in and up in life. So. He was a different sort. There were others who are just young men who are caught in this, and they did something because the chief of staff the president the United States the commander. She told him to do it. And a particularly sad story that I end this little part on is a man named eagle, bud. Krogh young lawyer who was given the assignment to have people break into Ellsworth's psychiatrist's office to find information and he went to prison. And what he's comes out of prison. He goes to say Clementi to see Dixon and to tell Dixon. He did this. He cared about him. He did this because he was told to do it. It was a right to do and Exeter. So said I did nothing wrong till the end crow Chirs around and lease this the sad story of it. You know, my wife, and I r- at the arena theatre Washington. One night intermission. We see Bill Safire and his wife. Elaine. And I said, you know, funny thing happened today are end sent me a book, the no just mentioned a Bill Safire is one of the. A long standing member of the staff who went on to become a New York Times columnist William Pulitzer prize. So I said to them in got a book from our end today. What does it mean? And Elaine saffir says it means he's forgiving you. So all these connections of who forgive as who doesn't forgive. How long you can have a grudge and how you hold. But for me, I couldn't release myself from the I never saw Richard Nixon. Again, I did not even go to his funeral. And instead, I did the commentary on C span. So this is a part of my life that I have trouble with that is difficult. I guess every book that tries to be honest about a person comes up against situations. Like this a part of the book that's positive. What do you have nothing to? Resolve is your time with Brookings, and you mentioned came to Brookings in nineteen seventy two players. Subtitled my life with presence, ideas and Brookings is your life with. Yes. Ideas rooted in reality. Why did you come to Brookings? Why did you want to kind of broke the story? So, you know, if you started with the story, it's a professional memoir, not a personal in that sense. And it starts when I get off the boat. Having been drafted coming out of car. College being drafted into the army coming out strangely on the president's staff of us instantly there. I was just a simple BA from Johns Hopkins School, but no farther that who would move in this strange way in a political so fast that I never quite caught up with myself. And what I always wanted to do is write books serious books, and in a sense, I was able to largely because of righty all those letters for is in our three dollars letter, plus all of the money that Nixon gave me as speech speechwriter, and I could stop being on this political track and write the books and through the books at least tried to build image of myself as a serious person person who otherwise might have gone on and gotten a so that's my story at the same time Brookings is having its story Brooke it's over one hundred years now. But at that time. In the new deal and fair deal and the Roosevelt and Truman period brookies was actually of the right way. And Amanda, I'm Kermit, Gordon when he became president turned it around of the twenty people who were there in the old administration. I think only six remain and Kermit Gordon who had been a professor of economics at Williams that had come to Washington as a member of the council of economic advisers under president Kennedy, then moved over to be the director of the budget, and then when Johnson succeeded Kennedy Johnson actually asked criminal Gordon to be secretary of the treasury..

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