“Thank you for your loyalty,” Ron Walker, chairman of the Richard Nixon Foundation, told the crowd at the Mayflower Hotel. “All of us in this room have a special bond: We worked for Richard Nixon.”
Nixon would have turned 100 on Wednesday, and although the former president’s legacy is inextricably linked with the Watergate scandal and his own reputation for gruff, quirky awkwardness, his most faithful admirers and staffers gathered at the Mayflower on Wednesday evening to pay tribute.
The setting was Washington perfect. The Mayflower, after all, has been the site of politics and scandal for decades — from being a favorite hangout for children’s author/British spy Roald Dahl to being the site of the trysts of former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer.
The party was thrown by the Richard Nixon Foundation, and attendees included the Nixon daughters, the president’s youngest brother, Ed, former Nixon aides Patrick Buchanan and Ben Stein, Harry Shearer, the actor who played Nixon in the UK series “Nixon’s the One” and the evening’s keynote speaker, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
“Hello, Dr. Kissinger,” this HOH reporter said. “Sorry to interrupt. I’m a reporter with Roll Call.”
“What is that?” he asked.