|Sam:||Nixon was a strangely tragic character . . .|
|Kris:||Why do you say that?|
|Sam:||He had so many contradictions without realizing it.|
|Tim:||He was no dummy – I think he realized a lot more than the public will ever know.|
|Sam:||Yet there was a social ineptness to him that seemed tragic.|
|Tim:||Well, many of America's leaders are from humble origins . . . .
Just like Reagan, Nixon was well-indoctrinated into American mythology.
|Terri:||Perhaps. Nixon seemed to epitomize the contradictions in inherent in many American presidents. I would describe him as half-gangster, half-idealist, and one-quarter common dude.|
|Kris:||The calculation is incorrect: how can you have over 100%?|
|Terri:||I know it doesn't add up . . . yet when you think about it,
how much human ambition does?