Starting Over Again
. . . as a President, I am the leader of my party. That is one of my jobs. And in a campaign, I try to lead my party. But this is a non-campaign year and now I am going to wear my hat as President of the United States and that is where I will be on this program and on other programs for the balance of '71.
-- Richard M. Nixon, in a televised interview with four network correspondents, January 4, 1971
On Thursday, November 5, two days after the 1970 midterm elections, ten senior Washington correspondents -- most of them syndicated columnists, their views ranging from ultraconservative to slightly right-of-center, all with a record of having treated Richard Nixon with sympathy during his Presidency, some of them outright Nixon partisans -- were summoned to the White House to see the President.★ Arriving there, they were ushered into the Map Room on the ground floor. They were soon joined by the President, accompanied by Counsellor Robert Finch, Communications Director Herbert Klein and Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler. Nixon noted that this____________________