Richard Nixon Foundation https://www.nixonfoundation.org Richard Nixon Library & Museum Fri, 25 Sep 2020 19:36:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://www.nixonfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/rnf-favicon-100x100.png Richard Nixon Foundation https://www.nixonfoundation.org 32 32 Remembering Bill Codus https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2020/09/remembering-bill-codus/ Fri, 25 Sep 2020 19:36:15 +0000 https://www.nixonfoundation.org/?p=54946 The post Remembering Bill Codus appeared first on Richard Nixon Foundation.

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September 23, 2020

Bill Codus, a former CBS radio executive who served in the State Department with distinction throughout the Nixon Presidency, died on September 11, 2020 in his home in Potomac, MD. He was 92 years old.

In 1967, Mr. Codus was encouraged by his friend Ned Sullivan, Mrs. Nixon’s cousin, to join the advance team and help the Nixon campaign as a volunteer.

Mr. Codus quickly became a key member of the 1968 campaign, advancing Mr. and Mrs. Nixon, and Tricia and Julie Nixon. He also served in the 1972 campaign as a scheduler for the First Family.

After President Nixon was inaugurated in 1969, Mr. Codus joined the Protocol Office of the State Department. He served with distinction as the Assistant Chief of Protocol for Visits and was assigned the advance for Mrs. Nixon’s foreign travel including trips to Liberia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Codus participated in a 2012 legacy forum on Pat Nixon, available here.

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Nixon Library Reopens with New Special Exhibit and COVID-19 Precautions Front of Mind https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2020/09/nixon-library-reopens-with-new-special-exhibit-and-covid-19-precautions-front-of-mind/ Wed, 23 Sep 2020 18:57:27 +0000 https://www.nixonfoundation.org/?p=54917 The post Nixon Library Reopens with New Special Exhibit and COVID-19 Precautions Front of Mind appeared first on Richard Nixon Foundation.

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After a six-month closure due to the Coronavirus, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum reopens its doors to the public on Thursday, September 24 with health and safety guidelines in place and an all-new special exhibit for guests to enjoy.

The Library complex will reopen to the public in gradual phases as determined by the National Archives and Records Administration and the Richard Nixon Foundation, beginning on September 24 with the special exhibit, The Presidents Club: From Adams & Jefferson to Nixon & Trump, the Nixon Library Gift Shop, the Pat Nixon Rose Gardens and Amphitheater, the Memorial Site of President and Mrs. Nixon, and the White House East Room replica.

The Nixon Library’s permanent museum galleries will remain closed at this time. The open areas within the Library complex are being operated by the Richard Nixon Foundation.

During this phase of the reopening, admission tickets will be sold at a reduced rate of $6 each. Members of the Richard Nixon Foundation, active military, and children four and under are admitted free of charge.

The following health and safety guidelines will be in place beginning September 24 for all guests and employees to observe:

  • Upon entry, guests will be greeted by helpful signage that instructs them to stand six feet apart, wear face coverings at all times, and informs them of the nearest hand sanitizer stations.
  • All guests will be required to wear face coverings both indoors and outdoors while visiting the Nixon Library. Guests that enter without a face covering will be provided with one at no cost, thanks to a recent donation of face coverings.
  • Guests can tour indoor exhibit spaces based on capacity guidelines set by the State of California.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are located throughout the Nixon Library for ease of access and use.
  • Increased focus, frequency, and intensity of the number of daily cleanings will occur throughout the public and employee-only areas of the campus.
  • Social distancing of at least six feet between and among employees, guests, patrons, and benefactors must be observed and practiced to the maximum extent.
  • Common area seating and tables will be properly spaced out to maintain social distancing.
  • The Gift Shop will sell sealed, bottled water and sealed soft drinks. Onsite food service will not be offered at this time, but members of the Library’s Guest Services team can recommend several local restaurants. Drinking fountains will not be available.

The Nixon Library is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sundays from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

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Unseen Letters Between Nixon and Trump On Display at the Nixon Library https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2020/09/unseen-correspondence-between-nixon-and-trump-on-display-in-special-exhibit-at-the-nixon-library/ Wed, 23 Sep 2020 18:33:48 +0000 https://www.nixonfoundation.org/?p=54903 The post Unseen Letters Between Nixon and Trump On Display at the Nixon Library appeared first on Richard Nixon Foundation.

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“The Presidents Club” explores the fascinating, fiery and fragile friendships between our Presidents — from the Founders to today

The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum will open a brand-new special exhibit, The Presidents Club: From Adams & Jefferson to Nixon & Trump, on Thursday, September 24.

The exhibit will explore the fragile friendships among our Presidents —some pals, some partners, some prickly personalities— and how the private personal affections and intense rivalries of these most public of men, shaped our great nation.

The exhibit will feature a dozen never-before-seen letters —personal in nature— and a signed The Art of the Deal book exchanged between former President Richard Nixon and future President Donald Trump.

The correspondence reveals a previously unknown and unexplored decades-long relationship between the two men. During his presidency, Trump has cited his predecessor on multiple occasions. Earlier this year, a reflective Trump told reporters, “I think of Nixon more than anybody else.”

Jim Byron, Executive Vice President of the Richard Nixon Foundation, said: “This must-see exhibit at the Nixon Library breaks new ground by revealing that Presidents 37 and 45 exchanged views and ideas for more than a decade, on everything from politics to business, from football to the legacy of the Vietnam War.”

“This is a groundbreaking contribution to our understanding of the ever-evolving President’s Club as perhaps the best-documented relationship our current president has had with any of his predecessors,” Byron added.

The correspondence includes:

  • Trump’s invitation to President and Mrs. Nixon to move into Trump Tower: “One of my great ambitions is to have the Nixons as residents in Trump Tower,” Trump wrote Nixon in 1983.
  • Trump’s expression of admiration for Nixon. In 1993, Trump wrote: “You are a great man, and I have had and always will have the utmost respect and admiration for you. I am proud to know you.”
  • Nixon’s note on media scrutiny: “I know nothing about the intricacies of your business enterprises but the massive media attack on you puts me in your corner!” Nixon hand wrote to Trump in 1990.
  • A personally-inscribed copy of Trump’s The Art of the Deal from Nixon’s personal library: “To Richard Nixon – I greatly appreciate your note and hope you enjoy the book. Please give my regards to Mrs. Nixon – a truly wonderful lady.”

The special exhibit, curated exclusively for the Nixon Library, will detail the pressure-filled, personal and at times prickly relationships between:

  • John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, iconic Founding Fathers turned formidable rivals who died within hours of each other.
  • Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, one-time mentor and mentee turned bitter opponents.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson, shedding light on LBJ’s admiration of his vaunted predecessor.
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon, an apprentice-type relationship that created the modern vice presidency.
  • John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, a friendship that preceded -–and has been overshadowed by— their rivalry in the 1960 election.
  • George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, one-time competitors who spearheaded worldwide humanitarian relief.

Museum-goers will also see: Mount Vernon’s replica of the famous Rising Sun Chair that George Washington used to preside over the 1787 Constitutional Convention, Mount Vernon’s replica of George Washington’s original Inaugural Suit, FDR’s personal favorite Democrat Party donkey-shaped ashtray, and original campaign memorabilia of all kinds dating back to 1908.

The Library complex will reopen to the public in gradual phases as determined by the National Archives and Records Administration and the Richard Nixon Foundation, beginning on September 24 with this special exhibit, the Nixon Library Gift Shop, the Pat Nixon Rose Gardens and Amphitheater, the Memorial Site of President and Mrs. Nixon, and the White House East Room replica. The Nixon Library’s permanent museum galleries will remain closed at this time. The open areas within the Library complex are being operated by the Richard Nixon Foundation.

The Presidents Club is included with admission to the Nixon Library and will run through Spring 2021. The exhibit is open seven days a week, Mondays through Saturdays from 10 AM to 5 PM and Sundays from 11 AM to 5 PM.

Click here to read about the exhibit’s Coronavirus-related health and safety precautions.

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Remembering Donald Kendall https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2020/09/remembering-donald-kendall/ Tue, 22 Sep 2020 20:45:34 +0000 https://www.nixonfoundation.org/?p=54890 The post Remembering Donald Kendall appeared first on Richard Nixon Foundation.

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Donald M. Kendall, chief executive of PepsiCo, at the White House with President Richard M. Nixon in 1969. (AP)

Remembering Donald Kendall

September 21, 2020

Donald Kendall, the businessman who engineered the merger of Pepsi-Cola and Frito-Lay, then built Pepsi Co into one of America’s largest companies died on September 19 at his home in Greenwich, Conn. He was 99.

Kendall was a global ambassador for American business, chairing groups including the National Alliance of Businessmen and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. His work with Vice President Richard Nixon, and later his work in the Nixon Administration, started him on that trajectory.

RN and Kendall shared a friendship that dates back before Vice President Nixon’s 1959 diplomatic trip to the Soviet Union. Kendall accompanied the Vice President on that journey, where he served Pepsi to Nikita Khrushchev.

Don Kendall and Brent Scowcroft 

In 1972, Kendall made Pepsi the first U.S. consumer product produced and sold in the Soviet Union. Nearly two decades later, Kendall struct a more unusual deal with Moscow, agreeing to purchase 17 Russian submarines in exchange for opening more than two dozen plants in Soviet Union. In a conversation with Brent Scowcroft, the national security advisor to President George H.W. Bush, Kendall joked, “We’re disarming the Soviet Union faster than you are!”
President Nixon appointed Kendall as the Chairman of the National Alliance of Business in February 1969. Kendall visited Antarctica as a representative of the Nixon Administration to report on a scientific venture. In 1973 Kendall represented US business interests on behalf of the president on a trip to the USSR. He was also a member of the Business Leaders Council.

Kendall was an original trustee of the Richard Nixon Foundation. In 2013, Kendall served as the co-chair of the Nixon Foundation Annual Gala held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Don Kendall and Tricia Nixon Cox

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Register Today: Upcoming Blood Drives at the Nixon Library https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2020/09/register-today-upcoming-blood-drives-nixon-library/ Mon, 14 Sep 2020 16:10:16 +0000 https://www.nixonfoundation.org/?p=52480 From Surgeon General Jerome Adams on The Hugh Hewitt Show, March 24, 2020: “I’ve just got to give you a shout out, Hugh, because you mentioned what you were doing to promote blood donations. And I wanted to say to you, you literally have saved lives by doing that. One blood donation can save up to three […]

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From Surgeon General Jerome Adams on The Hugh Hewitt Show, March 24, 2020:

“I’ve just got to give you a shout out, Hugh, because you mentioned what you were doing to promote blood donations. And I wanted to say to you, you literally have saved lives by doing that. One blood donation can save up to three people, and it’s something positive we can do mentally while we’re at home and feeling isolated.

There is a severe blood shortage in the United States right now.

The Nixon Foundation is partnering with the American Red Cross and LifeStream Blood Bank to host upcoming blood drives at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda.

Sign up today! Dates and registration links:

  • March 30, 8am – 2pm – LifeStream Blood Bank – Appointments are full for this date
  • March 31, 8am – 2pm – LifeStream Blood Bank – Sign up here
  • April 2, 10am – 5pm – American Red Cross – Appointments are full for this date
  • April 8, 8am – 2pm – LifeStream Blood Bank – Sign up here
  • April 16, 10am – 5pm – American Red Cross – Sign up here, Sponsor Code: NixonLibrary
  • May 8, 10am – 5pm – American Red Cross – Sign up here, Sponsor Code: NixonLibrary
  • June 3, 10am – 4pm – American Red Cross – Sign up here, Sponsor Code: NixonLibrary
  • June 7, 8am – 2pm – LifeStream Blood Bank – Sign up here
  • June 19, 8am – 2pm – LifeStream Blood Bank – Sign up here ANTIBODY TESTING PROVIDED
  • July 13, 10am – 4pm – American Red Cross – Sign up here, Sponsor Code: NixonLibrary ANTIBODY TESTING PROVIDED
  • July 30, 11am – 4pm – LifeStream Blood Bank – Sign up here ANTIBODY TESTING PROVIDED
  • August 12, 10am – 4pm – American Red Cross – Sign up here, Sponsor Code: NixonLibrary ANTIBODY TESTING PROVIDED
  • August 31, 10am – 3pm, LifeStream Blood Bank – Sign up here ANTIBODY TESTING PROVIDED
  • September 10, 11am – 4pm, LifeStream Blood Bank – Sign up here ANTIBODY TESTING PROVIDED
  • September 11, 10am – 4pm – American Red Cross – Sign up here, Sponsor Code: NixonLibrary ANTIBODY TESTING PROVIDED
  • September 18, 11am – 4pm, LifeStream Blood Bank – Sign up here ANTIBODY TESTING PROVIDED
  • September 25, 11am – 4pm, LifeStream Blood Bank – Sign up here ANTIBODY TESTING PROVIDED
  • October 9, 11am – 4pm, LifeStream Blood Bank – Sign up here ANTIBODY TESTING PROVIDED
  • October 23, 11am – 4pm, LifeStream Blood Bank – Sign up here ANTIBODY TESTING PROVIDED
  • October 27, 11am – 4pm, LifeStream Blood Bank – Sign up here ANTIBODY TESTING PROVIDED
  • August 31, 10am – 2pm, LifeStream Blood Bank – Sign up here ANTIBODY TESTING PROVIDED
  • September 18, 11am – 4pm, LifeStream Blood Bank – Sign up here ANTIBODY TESTING PROVIDED
  • September 22, 11am – 4pm – American Red Cross – Sign up here, Sponsor Code: NixonLibrary ANTIBODY TESTING PROVIDED
  • September 25, 11am – 4pm, LifeStream Blood Bank – Sign up here ANTIBODY TESTING PROVIDED
  • October 9, 11am – 4pm, LifeStream Blood Bank – Sign up here ANTIBODY TESTING PROVIDED
  • October 23, 11am – 4pm, LifeStream Blood Bank – Sign up here ANTIBODY TESTING PROVIDED
  • October 27, 11am – 4pm, LifeStream Blood Bank – Sign up here ANTIBODY TESTING PROVIDED

Please consider providing a life-saving blood donation during this unprecedented time in our country, or share this information with friends and neighbors to fill these schedules as soon as possible!

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Nixon Foundation Donates 700,000 Face Masks in Southern California https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2020/09/nixon-library-receives-gift-one-million-face-masks/ Wed, 09 Sep 2020 06:26:49 +0000 https://www.nixonfoundation.org/?p=53835 700,000 Masks Donated to Small Businesses, Schools, First Responders Across Southern California The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Foundation received an unprecedented gift of one million face masks last week and has donated 700,000 masks to small businesses, schools, and medical first responders in Southern California for use amid the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. The three-ply, […]

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700,000 Masks Donated to Small Businesses, Schools, First Responders
Across Southern California

The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Foundation received an unprecedented gift of one million face masks last week and has donated 700,000 masks to small businesses, schools, and medical first responders in Southern California for use amid the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

The three-ply, disposable blue face masks are the generous donation of New York City businessman Long Deng, President of iFresh, Inc.

Working with over 30 chambers of commerce in Orange County, the masks were distributed broadly to hundreds of local small businesses to alleviate financial burdens as essential businesses continue to operate and nonessential businesses reopen.

Theresa Harvey, President & CEO of the North Orange County Chamber of Commerce, said: “The North Orange Chamber is honored to partner with the Nixon Foundation to provide masks to our essential workers. Businesses that will benefit include those throughout the region including healthcare providers, community colleges, restaurants, and more.”

Scott Alevy, President & CEO of the Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce, said: “The Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce has been a resource of valuable and timely information for the South Orange County business community throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. People look to us for vital resources. We are very grateful for the generous donation of health-protective face masks that were provided by the Richard Nixon Foundation.”

In addition, more than 20,000 masks were distributed to Orange County public, private and charter schools by the Orange County Department of Education, as schools implement plans to reopen and begin in-person instruction again.

Al Mijares, Orange County Superintendent of Schools, said: “The Nixon Library is a historical treasure in our county and has been frequented by many educators and students in our county and beyond. Thank you for the contributions that the Foundation and the Library have made to our schools.”

The Nixon Foundation is working with the American Red Cross and individual hospitals for additional distribution to medical centers and first responders.

300,000 masks will be housed at the Nixon Library and used when the Library reopens to visitors. Adhering to California state mandates, masks will be distributed to every visitor to the Library’s permanent galleries, special exhibitions, and public or privately-contracted events, which only occur as allowed by the Orange County Health Agency.

Those organizations receiving masks include:

  • Orange County Board of Education
  • Yorba Linda Chamber of Commerce
  • North Orange County Chamber of Commerce
  • Orange City Chamber of Commerce
  • Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce
  • Brea Chamber of Commerce
  • Aliso Viejo Chamber of Commerce
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce
  • Crittendon Family Services
  • Cypress Chamber of Commerce
  • Dana Point Chamber of Commerce
  • La Habra Chamber of Commerce
  • Laguna Hills Chamber of Commerce
  • Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce
  • Lake Forest Chamber of Commerce
  • Los Alamitos Chamber of Commerce
  • Mission Viejo Chamber of Commerce
  • Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce
  • Placentia Chamber of Commerce
  • San Clemente Chamber of Commerce
  • San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce
  • St. Joseph Health
  • Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce
  • Tustin Chamber of Commerce
  • Friendship Baptist Church
  • OC Black Chamber of Chamber
  • Orange County Business Council
  • Orange County Fire Chiefs
  • Providence St. Joseph
  • Roundtree Gardens
  • American Red Cross
  • Senior Living Group
  • Saddleback Church Yorba Linda

This is the latest in a series of bold initiatives taken by the Nixon Library and Foundation to aid those on the front lines of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, despite having been closed as an institution for nearly six months.

Since March, the Nixon Library has hosted 16 blood drives in “America’s Grand Ballroom,” the Library’s exact replica of the White House East Room, resulting in 962 usable units of blood, amounting to potentially 2,886 lives saved.

The Nixon Foundation also partnered with Saddleback Church Yorba Linda to host three grocery distribution drives in the Library’s parking lot; more than 60,000 pounds of groceries were gathered and distributed to over 1,000 families.

 

Photo: Nixon Foundation Executive Vice President Jim Byron and U.S. Chinese Chamber of Commerce CEO Jack Fang receive the masks at the Nixon Presidential Library.

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Event Recap: EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler at the Nixon Library https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2020/09/epa-administrator-andrew-wheeler-nixon-libraryevent-recap-v/ Thu, 03 Sep 2020 23:09:56 +0000 https://www.nixonfoundation.org/?p=53840 The post Event Recap: EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler at the Nixon Library appeared first on Richard Nixon Foundation.

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On Thursday, September 3, Andrew Wheeler, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, delivered an historic address from the Pat Nixon Amphitheater at the Nixon Library. The speech commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Environmental Protection Agency, which was created by President Nixon in 1970.

Wheeler began his remarks by saying “America’s environment today is cleaner than it’s ever been in our lifetimes. It got this way, in large part, because of President Richard Nixon, who in 1970 created the Environmental Protection Agency and signed into law the Clean Air Act.”

The Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, which were both enacted in Nixon’s first term, have become the foundational environmental statues to guide the EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment.

Wheeler went on to outline the EPA’s plan for the future, noting that the Agency will focus on community-driven environmentalism, aiming specifically to help American communities where past industrial pollution has had a negative impact on the well-being of people and local economies.

The EPA will focus on five key pillars to help communities across the country to take control and reshape themselves: the creation of a community-driven environmentalism that promotes community revitalization, meeting 21st century demands for water, reimagining Superfund as a project-oriented program, reforming the permitting process to empower states, and the creation of a holistic pesticide program for the future.

“Doing this ensures that all Americans – regardless of their zip code – have clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and clean land to live, work, and play upon.”

Watch the complete speech below, or read the transcript of Wheeler’s remarks here.

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EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to Deliver Address at the Nixon Library https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2020/08/epa-administrator-andrew-wheeler-deliver-address-nixon-library/ Mon, 31 Aug 2020 22:43:32 +0000 https://www.nixonfoundation.org/?p=53831 EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler will visit the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California to deliver remarks commemorating the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. Administrator Wheeler will look back on the last 50 years of the Environmental Protection Agency — a federal agency created by President Nixon in 1970 […]

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EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler will visit the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California to deliver remarks commemorating the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Administrator Wheeler will look back on the last 50 years of the Environmental Protection Agency — a federal agency created by President Nixon in 1970 — while laying out a vision of environmental policy for the next 50 years. 

Administrator Wheeler will be introduced by Congressman Ken Calvert, ranking member of the House Defense Appropriations subcommittee. 

Watch the event via Livestream HERE.

 The event is not open to the public.

 

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Event Recap: Sean Hannity with Hugh Hewitt https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2020/08/event-recap-sean-hannity-hugh-hewitt/ Mon, 10 Aug 2020 19:04:54 +0000 https://www.nixonfoundation.org/?p=53755 The post Event Recap: Sean Hannity with Hugh Hewitt appeared first on Richard Nixon Foundation.

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In the first event of the Great American Authors Series at the Nixon Library, Fox News host and best selling author Sean Hannity was joined in conversation by Nixon Foundation Foundation President Hugh Hewitt.

The two men discussed the future of conservatism in the face of the cancel culture, potential impacts of Joe Biden’s VP pick, and President Trump’s 2020 election strategy.

Watch the complete event below:

Purchase a signed copy of Sean Hannity’s latest book, Live Free or Die: America and the World on the Brink from Nixon Library Museum Store HERE

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Remembering Brent Scowcroft https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2020/08/remembering-brent-scowcroft/ Fri, 07 Aug 2020 18:18:44 +0000 https://www.nixonfoundation.org/?p=53751 Photo: Ambassador George Argyros, President George H.W. Bush, Julie Nixon Eisenhower, Brent Scowcroft, and Larry Higby at the Nixon Library in 2000. Remembering Brent Scowcroft August 7, 2020 Brent Scowcroft, National Security Advisor for Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush who began his foreign policy career under President Richard Nixon, died at his home […]

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Photo: Ambassador George Argyros, President George H.W. Bush, Julie Nixon Eisenhower, Brent Scowcroft, and Larry Higby at the Nixon Library in 2000.

Remembering Brent Scowcroft

August 7, 2020

Brent Scowcroft, National Security Advisor for Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush who began his foreign policy career under President Richard Nixon, died at his home in Falls Church, Virginia yesterday. He was 95.

Scowcroft was one of America’s leading voices on foreign policy for decades and it was his work in the Nixon administration that started him on that trajectory.

After his service as a pilot in the Army Air Corps and professor of Russian history at West Point, Scowcroft became military assistant to President Nixon in 1972 and accompanied the President on his history-making mission to China.

Just months later, Scowcroft’s fluency in Russian proved invaluable when he accompanied the President on his equally-historic visit to the Soviet Union.

Just a year later, National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger tapped Scowcroft as deputy assistant for national security. Scowcroft would go on to serve as National Security Advisor himself, under two different presidents.

In 2000, Scowcroft, alongside his friend and fellow Nixon administration alumni George H.W. Bush, was awarded the Victory of Freedom Award by Julie Nixon Eisenhower on behalf of the Richard Nixon Foundation at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California.

“I’d do anything for Richard Nixon,” he said at the event.

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