Tell us about it.
Thanks to our friends from the presidential-recording project at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center (who obviously are far more industrious this month than most of us), here’s how the conversation goes: It’s the evening of Aug. 11, and Nixon is talking to his chief of staff, Bob Haldeman. After four minutes and seven seconds of conversation that we can assume was important and business-related — since it was excised as classified information — the president seems to be fishing around for news.
To the transcript!
Anything else new?
August is really a dull month.
Yeah, it is.
I was just looking at the news the other night. All dull. The only thing — biggest news is [Harmon] Killebrew hitting 500.
[Laughs] Yeah. It really is. There’s . . . [unclear] —
People tend to relax and so on.
Try to do what the European countries do [unclear] like France, just close up [unclear].
The world needs a day off. . . . Okay. Thank you.
Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe’s dealings with his former electric-car company, GreenTech Automotive, have been a key issue in his close race against the state’s attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli.
They’ve also brought back a Clinton angle, not just in McAuliffe’s strong ties to the Clintons but also in the company’s hiring of Tony Rodham — brother of Hillary Rodham Clinton and a former repo man, prison guard and private detective — to help secure foreign financing for the company.
Seems the firm’s president, Charles Wang, once took Rodham on a trip to get some money in China, Wang told the New York Times, but that was a bad move.
The Chinese apparently don’t like the Clintons for various reasons, including that U.S. bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade in 1999 during the war in the Balkans. As a result, Rodham was hardly welcome in the Middle Kingdom. “They said, ‘Don’t bring Tony to China,’ ” recalled Wang, a native of China.
Our colleague Karen Tumulty — she of the long memory — recalls that Hillary Clinton wrote in her memoir, “Living History,” that Tony, even as a child, was so desperate to go to China he had a “dream of digging a hole all the way to China.”
Their mother, Clinton wrote, “started reading to him about China and every day he spent time digging his hole next to our house. Occasionally, he found a chopstick or fortune cookie my mother had hidden there.”
So he didn’t go there for the money. He went to pursue his childhood dream.
For a guy who knows roads, former transportation secretary Ray LaHood isn’t taking Easy Street on his first job since leaving the Cabinet.