On Wednesday, October 5, the Nixon Foundation hosted Dr. Monica Crowley as a featured speaker in their educational American civics programming.  Dr. Crowley worked closely with President Nixon when he was known as the “Sage of Saddle River,” the New Jersey town where he resided during the 1980s and into the 1990s. She served as Foreign Policy Assistant to the former President from 1990 until his death in 1994, helping him prepare speeches, gather research materials for his articles and aiding him in writing two of his ten books. 

Dr. Crowley went on to write two bestsellers about her experiences working with President Nixon, Nixon in Winter and Nixon Off the Record and launch a successful media career as a political and foreign affairs analyst and host of a nationally syndicated radio-program. She served as Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs in the U.S. Department of the Treasury and currently hosts the Monica Crowley Podcast and is a Nixon Foundation Board Member

While describing her visit to the Nixon Library as “an emotional homecoming,” Dr. Crowley shared personal reflections from her time working for President Nixon including the way she first met President Nixon as a young college student, her world travels with him meeting foreign leaders and the joyous memory of him playing the piano in her home. She fondly recounts her time with President Nixon as “the greatest adventure of my life.”

Dr. Crowley also worked for President Trump and offered a candid comparison and contrast between the two leaders backed by her unique personal experience. Her story serves as inspiration for young people to pursue their interests and get involved in making a difference through civic engagement.

View the program here: