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January 9, 2011: General Don Hughes, longtime friend of the Nixon Family, and Military Assistant to President – and Vice President – Nixon gave the annual Nixon Legacy lecture in the East Room in commemoration of Richard Nixon’s 98th Birthday. General Hughes experienced first hand and recounted key events which contributed to RN’s development as a skillful diplomat and statesman. He was with Vice President Nixon during the Caracas crisis in 1958 and on scene at the American Exhibition in Moscow when RN faced off with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in what became famously known as the “Kitchen Debate.”