Chapter

Two Rode Together

in Nixon at the Movies

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780226239682
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226239705 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226239705.003.0006
Two Rode Together

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Richard Nixon almost certainly would not have achieved a position that allowed him to join Ike on the ticket without Kyle Palmer. There was not only the sentimental gesture of honoring a dying friend; but there was a kind of filial devotion and the acknowledgment of his own past in equating a Los Angeles Times political editor with the former president of the United States. Nixon had surely been too inexperienced to altogether grasp what was going on with Palmer and the Times in 1946, how phenomenally lucky he had been to be anointed. Like Hildy Johnson, or Charles Foster Kane, Richard Nixon got to display talents in the big city he might not even have known he possessed if he had stayed in his hometown.

Keywords: Richard Nixon; Kyle Palmer; Los Angeles Times; political editor; filial devotion

Chapter.  12461 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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