Grove, Lloyd, Newsweek
Byline: Lloyd Grove
The 'Hardball' host talks about his new JFK book, why Hillary Clinton makes him giggle, and why Nixon made him cry.
Was it at all intimidating to write Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero? These are hardly uncharted waters. Let me say what I had that nobody else had. I had a point of view that I wasn't going to try to write another iconic book about President Kennedy. I wanted to answer his own question when he read biographies: what's he like?
Did you really cry when Nixon lost the 1960 election? Yes, I did. I was from a Republican family, and at the time I was a kid. I loved my father, and he was a Republican, and that's how I was born. I was probably more Republican than he was. I thought Kennedy was glamorous, Catholic, and all that, and then I just began to feel for Nixon, the underdog and foreign-policy expert, and it just seemed to be the solid thing to do.
If you ran into Hillary Clinton today, would you pinch her cheek like you did during the 2008 campaign? I didn't pinch her cheek. I gave it kind of a nice hold. I shouldn't have taken that liberty, but I did it out of very strong affection. …