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Watergate 50th Anniversary: Dwight Chapin

Dwight Chapin joins Washington Post Live on Tuesday, Feb. 15 (Video: The Washington Post)

Dwight L. Chapin served as the secretary and deputy assistant to President Richard M. Nixon from 1969 to 1973. As Nixon’s personal aide during the 1968 presidential campaign, Chapin crisscrossed the country at Nixon’s side, rising to become one of the president’s senior White House staffers and closest confidantes. Chapin, who was convicted in 1974 of two counts of making false material declarations before the Watergate grand jury, joins Washington Post opinions editor-at-large Michael Duffy to discuss the tumultuous times and remarkable memories working up-close-and-personal with one of the nation’s most controversial commanders in chief, as written in his new book, “The President’s Man: The Memoirs of Nixon’s Trusted Aide.”

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"Psychologically he thought his career was probably over at that point. He was letting it be known that he did not feel he had been treated properly at least I would say … objectively by the media and had been characterized as someone other than who he was.” – Dwight Chapin (Video: Washington Post Live)
“Richard Nixon has these various layers… I would identify two or three of the important ones. One: his strategic thinking. Another layer would be his concern to be a president that was representative of and looked out for all people, all Americans. Another layer would be his Quakerism.” – Dwight Chapin (Video: Washington Post Live)
“He was under attack constantly. And the liberal media and the liberal elite were constantly after him.” – Dwight Chapin (Video: Washington Post Live)

Dwight Chapin

Author, “The President’s Man: The Memoirs of Nixon’s Trusted Aide”