The inveterate politician spent the remainder of December 25, 1969, in a 12-hour phone marathon, increase chits he may later money with Washington energy gamers, enterprise titans, state governors and different world leaders. Nixon known as German Chancellor Willy Brandt and British Prime Minister Harold Wilson. He shot the breeze along with his nationwide safety adviser Henry Kissinger and among the President’s males who the Watergate scandal would later make well-known.
The White House diary of Nixon’s appointments exhibits the President additionally known as his predecessor, Lyndon Johnson, who was liberated from the cares of workplace again residence on his Texas ranch and who told Nixon, “We have got the motorbikes going right here and the large wheels and canines and all the pieces.”
Nixon was a extra obsessive politician than most, however his Christmas Day telephone blitzes that endured all through his term-and-a-half are a reminder that even within the season of peace and goodwill, politics by no means stops for Presidents. LBJ was one other telephone addict. On Christmas Day 1963, only a month following his sudden elevation to the presidency after the Kennedy assassination, the President phoned an illustrious predecessor and his spouse. “Mamie and I are simply so previous, we have simply completed opening our presents, and we’re simply exhausted,” ex-President Dwight Eisenhower told LBJ.
Fashionable presidents have spent Christmas Day within the White Home, on the Camp David retreat or in sunnier climes, however the job usually will get in the best way. Whereas digesting his first White Home Christmas dinner in 1981, Ronald Reagan acquired an irked letter from Soviet chief Leonid Brezhnev. “It appears we’re intervening in Poland and he is upset about it,” Reagan recorded in his diary, referring to US requires democracy within the Warsaw Pact state.