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The Beautiful Pat Nixon [When First Ladies Were First Ladies]
American Spectator ^ | March 16, 2012 | BEN STEIN

Posted on 03/17/2012 10:26:44 AM PDT by Steelfish

The Beautiful Pat Nixon By BEN STEIN on 3.16.12

Centennial birthday wishes

Today, March 16, 2012, is the centenary of Mrs. Thelma "Pat" Ryan Nixon's birth. I am about to go give a speech about her at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, and this is what I am going to say:

Patricia Ryan didn't have affirmative action that got her into an Ivy League college even if her grades were not good and got her a big scholarship. Her grades were great but she didn't have affirmative action. She didn't have anything given to her because she was a woman.

She had to work for everything. Her mother died when she was 12. She had to take care of the house. That's a job. That's a real job. She was a retail clerk, an x-ray technician, a janitor sweeping floors at a bank. She worked. She later said that she didn't have time to day dream. She was too busy working.

Her father died when she was 17. She didn't inherit money.

She had to work. At 18, from a small town near here called Artesia, now called Cerritos, she moved to New York City to work as a secretary and to teach office skills. That was a daring step, especially in the Great Depression.

She was beautiful. She was smart. But above all, she worked. I keep saying this because this is what America used to be: young men and women, middle aged men and women -- we all worked. That was what life was: work.

It wasn't organizing your community and asking the government to do things for you -- which is really just demanding that taxpayers do things for people who don't pay taxes.

Mrs. Nixon -- as she came to be -- worked.

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1 posted on 03/17/2012 10:26:50 AM PDT by Steelfish
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2 posted on 03/17/2012 10:34:15 AM PDT by Vasilli22
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To: Steelfish

Pat Nixon, a fine American lady.

3 posted on 03/17/2012 10:53:51 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it. (plagiarized))
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To: Steelfish
Bravo! Thank you for posting. Pat Nixon was beautiful, and she was a wonderful First Lady. Nothing was ever handed to her, and it is so true that she worked her entire life. There were no luxuries and no handouts in her early life.

The Nixon library is wonderful. We spent an entire day there recently. I bought a mug that says, “What would Nixon do?” That is how I feel about him. He would have had a solution for everything...well thought out and intelligent in his reasoning.

Ben Stein articulates how I have personally always felt about President and Mrs. Nixon. President Nixon was skewered by the left for their own purposes, and this country lost one of its greatest geniuses because of it. He endured and continued his service to our country in many ways. He was truly America's greatest advocate; his wisdom and guidance served to make this country, and the world, a better place.

Thank you, Ben Stein for your reminder of this.

4 posted on 03/17/2012 11:23:41 AM PDT by Swede Girl
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To: Swede Girl
President Nixon was skewered by the left for their own purposes...

Watergate was revenge for Alger Hiss.

5 posted on 03/17/2012 11:28:06 AM PDT by Robwin
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To: Swede Girl

We spent last Saturday at the Ronald Reagan Library in Thousand Oaks, It was fantastic. Will have to put the Nixon Library on my list, hadn’t really thought about where it would be.


6 posted on 03/17/2012 12:02:22 PM PDT by sheana
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To: Swede Girl

No. Nixon was a big government lover and crook. Go to rid ourselves of him.


7 posted on 03/17/2012 12:03:09 PM PDT by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: napscoordinator

Wrong.


8 posted on 03/17/2012 12:23:50 PM PDT by Swede Girl
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To: Robwin

So true. I was going to mention this.


9 posted on 03/17/2012 12:24:49 PM PDT by Swede Girl
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To: sheana

We are very much looking forward to seeing the Reagan library on our next trip. Nixon’s is not all that far away from Reagan’s. Two great libraries for two great men.


10 posted on 03/17/2012 12:28:24 PM PDT by Swede Girl
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To: Steelfish

Nice tribute to Pat Nixon. Thnaks for posting this.


11 posted on 03/17/2012 12:33:16 PM PDT by Girlene
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To: Steelfish

Nice tribute to Pat Nixon. Thnaks for posting this.


12 posted on 03/17/2012 12:33:39 PM PDT by Girlene
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To: Swede Girl

EPA and many other gov’t programs. Maybe u r big gov.


13 posted on 03/17/2012 12:34:10 PM PDT by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: Navy Patriot

Such a breath of fresh air! I always had a great deal of respect for Pat Nixon...she raised lovely daughters...Any word on the remaining family. grandchildren, etc.?


14 posted on 03/17/2012 1:21:43 PM PDT by 4everontheRight (And the story began with..."Once there was a great nation......")
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To: napscoordinator
Nixon had his faults; all presidents do. But really.. you think he is worse than the current fellow traveler we have in office now?
15 posted on 03/17/2012 1:25:18 PM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: Steelfish

Now, THAT’s a First Lady worthy of the title. Thanks for posting.


16 posted on 03/17/2012 1:40:41 PM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: Vasilli22

VASILLI! He said first ladies! This is not a tread about bigfoot! :P


17 posted on 03/17/2012 1:41:45 PM PDT by Morgana (I only come here to see what happens next. It normally does.)
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To: Steelfish

Pat Nixon’s former home “was” about 1/2 mile down the street from me. On South street in the City of Cerritos. I say “was” because one night some arsonists (rats?) burned the home to the ground. A senior center is now located on the property.


18 posted on 03/17/2012 2:02:14 PM PDT by navyblue (<u>)
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Add to my post 18> There is a statue of Pat in front of the center.


19 posted on 03/17/2012 2:06:52 PM PDT by navyblue (<u>)
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To: 4everontheRight
Richard and Patricia Nixon had two daughters.

Tricia Nixon Cox, notably successful and notably quiet, is a Republican as is her husband, Edward Cox, chairman of the New York Republican State Committee. She has one son, Christopher Nixon Cox.

Julie Nixon Eisenhower, the younger daughter, is an author of books on her mother and father, and a more public advocate of her mother's philosophy of volunteerism. She would often stand in for Pat at public events when scheduling conflicts occurred. She has three children, two daughters, Jennie Elizabeth Eisenhower and Melanie Catherine Eisenhower, and a son, Alexander Richard Eisenhower.

20 posted on 03/17/2012 2:59:43 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it. (plagiarized))
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President Nixon was skewered by the left for their own purposes

Nixon was one of the original, successful, anti-communists, and they targeted him because of that.

The Hollywood communists and the communists infiltrating the Rat party at the time were the prime movers.

Nixon served honorably in the US Navy in WWII, forcing the Navy to allow him to serve in spite of his legitimate Quaker upbringing. He served until 1946, and was very effective at winding down government war contracts without major disruption to the companies and employees involved.

Nixon was a real public servant, unlike what we have today.

21 posted on 03/17/2012 3:18:25 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it. (plagiarized))
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To: Steelfish

Thank you for posting this.

I love and respect Ben Stein, so in spite of what I thought was going to be a silly article, I read it to the end.

Then I realized how brainwashed I had been by the left leaning media that has dominated the airways for over half a century. (Even though I have been a conservative since 1980).

I gained new insight about Richard and Pat Nixon from this article, and feel the need to repent of some of my presuppositions.


22 posted on 03/17/2012 4:22:06 PM PDT by left that other site
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To: Steelfish

Wonderful article! Thank you.


23 posted on 03/17/2012 4:27:41 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Navy Patriot
Nixon served honorably in the US Navy in WWII, forcing the Navy to allow him to serve in spite of his legitimate Quaker upbringing.


24 posted on 03/17/2012 4:33:39 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: Steelfish; All
President Nixon loved Pat more than anything else in this world, just as President Reagan loved Nancy. Watch the first 30 seconds of this video.

Nixon Remembered (4): Weeping at Pat Nixon's Funeral

25 posted on 03/17/2012 5:37:46 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Steelfish

Big fat historical inaccuracy in this article. Pat Nixon’s name wasn’t Patricia. Her birth name was Thelma; she was renamed or nicknamed “Pat” because of her birthday, the day before St. Patrick’s Day.

All guys named Bob or Mike aren’t Robert or Michael, and magazine writers should get this sort of detail right.


26 posted on 03/17/2012 7:12:38 PM PDT by Blue Ink
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To: Blue Ink

The name “Thelma” is in the 1st paragraph.


27 posted on 03/17/2012 7:17:26 PM PDT by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
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“The name “Thelma” is in the 1st paragraph.”

Understood. But he goes on to refer to her as “Patricia.” There is no historical evidence whatsoever her name was Patricia or changed to Patricia. That’s my point.


28 posted on 03/18/2012 1:13:20 PM PDT by Blue Ink
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