Nixonian Love Wisdom: Richard M. Nixon’s Top Five Romantic QuotesPosted: February 16, 2014
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The letters, once revealed, in part, by the Nixon Foundation to celebrate what would have been the President’s 100th birthday, began as correspondence from spouse to spouse in their second year of marriage, as Nixon went off to officer training in Rhode Island. Since the military stationed Richard Nixon overseas, far away from his wife and her career, he would write her again and again. Below are five of the most romantic, inspiring, butterfly-inducing quotes revealed by Politico on Valentine’s Day:
1. “I am certainly not the Romeo type. I may not say much when I am with you—but all of me loves you all the time.”
It is certainly not difficult to imagine Richard Nixon describing himself as “not the Romeo type,” but there is something heartwarming about telling his new wife that he loves her this much but will never be able to make a dramatic gesture about it–as is the fact that he appears concerned that she will think he does not care for her. The sentiment comes at the conclusion of a romantic getaway to New York City one weekend he managed to escape the military. There they dined in Midtown Manhattan and gave themselves the luxury of each other’s time.
2. “I really get a big bang out of shopping with you—and I hope you buy everything you want always.”
What woman doesn’t want to hear that her husband actively enjoys shopping with her? Richard Nixon was the kind of husband who didn’t just come along on shopping trips like a hostage; he got a “big bang” out of them. Nixon sent the letter–along with a daily allotment of such–to Pat Nixon in San Francisco, where they had lived for some time before he joined the military. He encouraged her to use the resources available to her to shop as often as she could. Of course, this is from a letter written in 1943 as Nixon was deployed to battle in World War II; even shopping with his wife must have seemed preferable to war…
Will Swift is a biographer and presidential historian and the author of Pat and Dick: The Nixons, an Intimate Portrait of a Marriage.
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