Cedar Rapids Gazette, August 25, 1974, Page 9

Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette August 25, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 25, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Idol-molding by journalistic reflex Beware the Caesarean buildup The Odar Rapids Gazette: Sob., Aor. 25. 1974 By Russell Baker T Wh.Ni TO Washington to see them A change Presidents Men in business suits did the job on television All of them said the old President was serene, and finally he came on television in a business suit and said he had to leave because his party wasn’t with him any more. and afterwards he left for California The new man turned out to be a congressman I had known briefly in Chicago in ISHII He was running for the vice presidential nomination on the Republican ticket that year, and it was my professional duty to brace him every eight hours or so and ask how the campaign was going, and he would grin hopefully and say he had an uphill fight but he had a lot of hope I like him because he made no bones about the hopelessness of his situation Most politicians running for elegant offices can’t help making bones about their bogus optimism. Anyhow, here he was becoming President He was in his business suit on television and the grin was still the same. It seemed to me that as long as they were going to change Presidents they could have done a lot worse, although they could have done a lot better, too. which is nothing against the man How much elegance do we really need in a President’’ Views Ideas Insights Judgments Comments Opinion Page 2 mmmmmmm if ijwiiwhw will, nill niljim mmmmM mwM What I wanted to see was the buildup he was going to get Every new President gets a nonsensical buildup when he fir*! takes over Mostly this is given to him gratis by the news people with cascades of words suggesting that the new fellow is a paragon of excellence, sagacity and political cunning as well as a great human being, a dynamic charmer and a first-rate father to his children Public clamor No matter how vain, mediocre or loutish a new President may be, and no matter how thoroughly detestable everybody may know him to be, he gets the free opening buildup. This may be self-serving with the news people since their stories will seem twice as dramatic later when the paragon, as all paragons must, turn out to be merely human, with head of clay, itchy palm or similar character defect. I am more inclined, though, to think that the news people are merely catering to public demand here, that the public I like him ... he seems so down to earth’ wants to believe ll can get the best of Caesar, Jefferson. Lincoln and Robert Redford in the White House with each new man, and will not tolerate reality about Presidents until Presidents rub their noses in it In any case the buildup was going furiously in Washington when I arrived and he hadn’t oven taken the oath of office yet I was immediately given to understand that he was the one man in America capable of uniting the country. His sweet nature was said to surpass all comprehension His honesty was Lincolnian. his depth of honor, equal to Cato’s; his simplicity, a reminder of the early saints; his respect for law. Ilam-murabic He commanded the affection of all the congress. Republican and Democrat alike, and would bring to birth a new era in which all three branches of government would once again move in perfect harmony. It was hard not to feel sorry for the poor guy. The way the buildup was going even before he had spent a night in the White House, there seemed no way he could save himself from being a colossal disappointment before th*' next Fourth of July But there was no stopping the buildup His brief remarks after taking the presidential oath were instantly acclaimed as indicative of a statesmanship worthy of the great Pitt. The reporters, pursuing the old reflex of covering Presidents as if they are all the sun king at Versailles, swamped us with the sort of trivia whose publication attests to greatness. What time he got out of bed. What he ate for breakfast The color of his necktie. The precise width of his smile. An idol was being created out of piffle Greatness was being constructed on a foundation of journalistic reflex The presidency, which had been a ruin one day, was being rebuilt overnight with hot air. Tempting It was always predictable. The question was whether Ford could rise above it In Chicago, in I960, he seemed capable of holding onto his humanity even if he had gotten that vice-presidential nomination, but of course that may have been because he had no hope of it The buildup, now that he is President, will make it hard for him not to yield to the temptation to start playing the great Caesar he is supposed now to become. In Washington in those first days, no matter what the buildup suggested, he was still nothing more than the quintessential mundane American hero — the nice guy. A nice guy who had finished first Traveling from there to greatness is a long journey, and the first obstacle to be overcome is the buildup’s gift of instant glory. NCA York Times Service Endless supply of dramatic fodder Literature’s crush on Nixon By Norman Cousins ACCORDING TO news reports at least 20 books are now being written about the rise and fall of Richard Nixon. Most of them are by men who were very close to the President and who were themselves implicated in the Watergate scandals. The “inside story” accounts will be only the beginning of a high tide of books and articles that may last for a decade to come. It is safe to predict that the outpouring will include biographies, psychological studies, even novels and plays. What is there about the Nixon saga that warrants so much literary attention? The answer is not complicated No man in American public life in recent years has given rise to as many paradoxes, ironies Norman W' t# Cousins and contradictions as Richard Nixon Here is a man who was the leading advocate of intervention in Indochina, yet who was primarily responsible for extricating the United States from the Vietnamese war No man has been more influential or outspoken in advocating an American policy isolating mainland China, yet no man has been more energetic or imaginative in reversing that policy than Richard Nixon Ile scorned anyone who dared use the term “People's Republic of China” instead of “Communist China, vet he made it respectable to use the designation preferred by the Peking government. Ironies abound Next to Sen Joseph McCarthy, no man in government was more dramatically identified with opposition to any dealings with the Soviet Union than Richard Nixon, yet no man did more to initiate and sustain improved relations with the entire communist world Fven Watergate was full or ironies. Richard Nixon’s downfall began when a Watergate guard became suspicious about evidence of a breakin and called the police, thus touching off the greatest political scandal in American history. That guard got his job at Watergate after losing another job when President Nixon eliminated the Office of Economic Opportunity. The direct evidence that Richard Nixon had lied to the American people about his part in the Watergate coverup was supplied by a tape recording This recording, like all the other tapes, had been made on the specific instructions of Richard Nixon himself A great deal of attention was given during the Watergate investigation to the wholesale bugging of political opponents and even of White House employes Yet it was the self-bugging of the President that furnished proof that caused Nixon’s strongest supporters in congress to turn against him and that cost him the presidency. Self exposure Why would Richard Nixon have authorized his most confidential conversations to be made part of an accessible record? The answer, in all probability, is that Richard Nixon wanted to have the basic materials that would be useful for his memoirs But what was intended as a device to help establish a high place rn history for Richard Nixon turned out to Another I iew be a merciless form of self-exposure and self-destruction. Finally. Richard Nixon’s own attitude toward the American people came back to haunt him. He referred to them as “children” yet the attitude of fairness, intelligence and maturity was what most characterized the American people during the entire ordeal of Richard Nixon Autobiography? There is apparently a limitless supply of dramatic material in the Nixon saga And a great deal of it will come to light in the years ahead It remains to be seen whether Richard Nixon will tell his own story. It is doubt ful. of course, that he will tell all — lie has Jo be careful about furnishing material that could lie used against him legally — but even if he confines himself to an intimate account of that which is generally known, the result could be one of the most fascinating books on politics since Machiavelli’s “The Prince.” Los Angeles times Svndtcate “This pen now has so many distinguished inmates that they request we wear coats and ties in the mess hall. ” C A A I ll E VAT    Tr'C.°Pen A Smulekoff’s Budget IV I kJ Ll. IX VJ ll    Account.    Take    Months    To    Pa 2l/i acres of everything for the horn* Carpet Department ... First Floor Your transaction is a private, confidential one al Smulekoff’s. Your account stays with the store, is never sold to a finance company. Open Monday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. In Our Store Carpet Warehouse Clean-Up Sale! You’ll find many unusual bargains in this sale. All carpets top quality, all by famous makers. 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  • Richard Nixon
  • Russell Baker
  • Sen Joseph Mccarthy

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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Issue Date: August 25, 1974

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