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Sunday, June 19, 2011

from a longer post by Marc Ambinder (The Atlantic) on Presidential golf

As for Nixon, golf seemed to accent the man's strangeness. He was not a good golfer but wanted to be, and he never could quite find the right things to say to his golfing partners. Palmer was once summoned to join Nixon in San Clemente. But it wasn't for golf. It was for a high-level strategy meeting on Vietnam at which Palmer was asked his advice on how to conduct the war.
And Palmer struggled to explain why Nixon suddenly gave up the game completely. "I liked Richard Nixon despite his quirks and apparent lack of warmth," said Palmer, adding, "I think his decision to abandon golf for political purposes revealed something fundamental about the dark side of his character, or maybe his deep social insecurities, that Mr. Nixon never permitted himself to examine."
full post - http://us.mg6.mail.yahoo.com/dc/launch?.gx=1&.rand=22qfrhqi45d8p


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