Richard Nixon http://michiganradio.org en Commentary: Remembering Nixon http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-remembering-nixon <p>Richard Nixon, who remains probably the most enigmatic and fascinating of modern presidents, would have been 100 years old today. I never exactly met him, though I was in the same room with him twice, and got a nod and a smile.</p><p>Thirty years ago, however, I got a surprising and totally unsolicited letter and package from our only president ever to resign from office.&nbsp;In his own handwriting, Nixon wrote:<br>&nbsp; “Dear Mr. Lessenberry, in view of the national debate on foreign policy issues, I thought you might like to have a copy of the page proofs of a book on Soviet-American relations which I have just completed.”&nbsp; Nixon added that he was sending the book to, quote, “a selected number of government officials and opinion leaders.”</p><p>This flabbergasted me. I was then a young national correspondent for the Detroit News, specializing in politics and foreign affairs, and frequently traveled abroad. But I was hardly a national opinion leader.</p><p>Then it dawned on me why he had sent the letter. Following his resignation, Nixon turned out a steady stream of books, largely self-serving, in an effort to rebuild his reputation.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 13:31:41 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 10685 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Remembering Nixon Commentary: Snyder and Richard Nixon http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-snyder-and-richard-nixon <p>The other day, I was thinking that if Governor Snyder wants to leave a lasting mark on this state, he might want to try to be more like Richard Nixon. Now, before you are offended, let me explain.</p><p><br />There were actually two Nixons. The one we tend to remember today is the scheming architect of dirty tricks, the foul-mouthed paranoid who bugged himself, and whose worst utterances were captured forever on the famous White House tapes.</p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 14:20:36 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 8188 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Snyder and Richard Nixon