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"Nixon Had His Moments" Transcript
David Hume Kennerly:

“Nixon had his moments. Nixon, according to Wally McNamee, was his favorite subject—favorite President. You know, it's hard to argue with that. The man was a person of Shakespearean quality at the you know, Hamlet or one of the brooding wonderful figures and was fairly mysterious.”

“There was very little access to him for behind-the-scenes work as a photographer. His own personal photographer, Ollie Atkins, only got entrée through Ron Ziegler or Haldeman or whomever and he'd just see—he'd go in at the top of a meeting and take a few shots, and he could never hang out. And--this was right at the beginning of the Watergate thing, but he (Nixon) went down to the opening of the Grand Ole Opry.”

“I have another picture of him that's—he's with Roy Acuff, who was the great Grand Ole Opry guy. He's trying to do a yo-yo, which actually is the picture that I—has become more of a favorite now, because Richard Nixon trying to use a yo-yo is a fairly amusing sight. But, he actually did play the piano and I—he played here. And I love the kind of the twinkle in his eye.”

(Audio excerpt from The Littlefield Society Symposium, March 28, 2003, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas)

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