Author Dwight Chapin Reflects on How the US Presidency Has Changed


We're talking to Dwight Chapin. Who's the author of the president's man, the memoirs of Nixon's trusted aid. And do I just reprise things, you're an extremely young man in your 20s when you serve Nixon in The White House and this book, you go into all of those details and the stories, but I was just asking you about current events and you were reflecting on how the presidency has changed and how Nixon obviously of an older school was willing to be less a friend of the people and to kind of it's an interesting thing. I think this has to do with the advent of the media and social media. It's very difficult for someone like a Trump, for example, to maintain that distance, that Twitter gave him immediate access. And that has an upside and a downside. Yes. Nixon's focused and thought about how do you lead? I mean, this was something he studied and let's take Vietnam for an example. With the Vietnam War, I forget the exact number, but he went on national television like 7 times, had maps had arrows. He took the public along with him. That's why when, I mean, he was elected into office in 1968. And he won an overwhelming majority. He won everything except Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. Which is hilarious 1972. You have to be clear. Mcgovern was from Massachusetts. So the idea that liberal Massachusetts with its representative, running against Nixon, was the only place besides TC. I mean, you talk about a

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