Never Trust a Local: Inside the Nixon White House

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The agony and excitement of the 2004 Presidential campaign between Bush and Kerry echoed the mad frenzy of earlier, low-tech campaigns. In important ways, little has really changed in the fundamental nature of presidential campaigns, presidential politics, and presidential lives. In these pages, a Nixon man shares incidents and anecdotes that illuminate the inner workings of a presidential campaign and life in the White House, revealing touching moments and flashes of personality from the controversial Nixon years.

These are small items, some serious, some humorous; telling little moments not likely to be addressed in the writings of more famous authors. This is a collection of the stories that contribute to the drama of a campaign, of views from Pennsylvania Avenue, and with them some opinions on several White House personalities.

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Charles Stuart joined Richard Nixon s campaign staff in 1967 and toured the US, hunting up voters to win his candidate the election. (He has since then hunted big game in many of the Western states, British Columbia and Mongolia.)

He was invited in 1968 to join the White House staff, where he served as assistant to President Nixon's adviser John Ehrlichman and later to his chief of staff, H.R. "Bob" Haldeman; his wife, Connie, was Mrs. Nixon's Staff Director and Press Secretary.

After the heady life of political speculation, Stuart settled down and became a land developer. He has owned several companies and helped found a bank. The Stuarts live in a Maryland manor house constructed by George Washington s personal physician.

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After the panic subsides when the local motorcade drivers desert your candidate on a presidential campaign stop in a major city, ingenuity can save the day. That's what businessman Stuart possessed in spades as an advance man for the notoriously exacting Richard Nixon. As a reward for his resourcefulness during the 1968 campaign (among other feats, scrounging up 135 hotel rooms in a booked-solid Boston and keeping protestors with "hippie propensities" out of a public event in New York), Stuart earns a coveted West Wing staff position as an aide to counsel to the president. During Nixon's first term, the author tangles with the rapacious Filipino first lady Imelda Marcos (Stuart calls her "Dragon Lady"), a curvaceous blond Soviet agent out to snag unwary American officials in Romania and more maddening motorcade drivers in the former Yugoslavia. The views of Nixon are largely from afar, though Stuart provides insightful portraits of other administration figures, particularly Ehrlichman and chief of staff Bob "H.R." Haldeman. Stuart clearly sympathizes with his old boss and colleagues, downplaying "dirty tricks" perceptions and disbelieving that Nixon ordered the Watergate break-in. He also castigates Mark "Deep Throat" Felt as undeserving of his whistleblower fame and being motivated by his failure to secure the FBI's top slot. The effect is one of a series of random snapshots providing interesting, although unspectacular, views of otherwise fascinating subjects.
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