President Nixon: Alone in the White House 17

On page 519 of President Nixon: Alone in the White House, Richard Reeves quotes a diary entry in which Richard Nixon said the following:

“The American leader class has really had it in terms of their ability to lead.  It’s really sickening to have to receive them at the White House as I often do and to hear them whine and whimper and that’s one of the reasons why I enjoy very much more receiving labor leaders and people from middle America who still have character and guts and a bit of patriotism….Frankly, I have more in common with them from a personal standpoint than does McGovern or the intellectuals generally.  They like labor as a mass.  I like them individually….”

This makes me think about those with whom I connect, and those with whom I don’t.  I’d say that I have a hard time connecting with both your average working-Joe, and also with many of the intellectual types.  But I do respect both—-and not just because I as a Christian am obligated to respect all human beings, but also because both work hard and try to cope with the world, with all of their vulnerabilities.

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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