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Nixon Rides the Waves

Artist
Patrick Oliphant, born 1935
Sitter
Richard Milhous Nixon, 9 Jan 1913 - 22 Apr 1994
Date
1969
Type
Drawing
Medium
Ink, watercolor and graphite pencil on illustration board
Dimensions
69.2cm x 53.3cm (27 1/4" x 21"), Accurate
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Restrictions & Rights
© Pat Oliphant
Object number
NPG.78.TC643
Exhibition Label
Inaugurated in January 1969, Richard Nixon was slow in setting a national agenda, but after seven months, Time thought that the tempo was definitely picking up at the White House. While reviving good relations in Europe with a recent tour of NATO’s capitals, Nixon was making strides on a number of other fronts as well, not least of which were his proposals for federal revenue-sharing and welfare reforms.
For this August 15 cover, celebrated cartoonist Pat Oliphant transformed Nixon into a laid-back surfer, which was a reference to the president’s current sojourn at his San Clemente, California, retreat. Among the figures surrounding him are Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird hugging an antiballistic missile (far left); conservative senator Strom Thurmond signaling Nixon to move right (lower center); and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev glowering at Romanian president Nicolae Ceausescu for the latter’s friendly meeting with Nixon (lower right).
Richard M. Nixon 1913–1994
Richard Nixon, investido presidente en enero de 1969, tardó en establecer una agenda nacional, pero después de siete meses Time pensó que la Casa Blanca estaba tomando impulso. Mientras revivía las buenas relaciones con Europa en una gira por las capitales integrantes de la OTAN, Nixon hacía avances en otros frentes también, entre ellos la distribución de los ingresos federales y las reformas de bienestar social.
Para la portada del 15 de agosto, el célebre caricaturista Pat Oliphant transformó a Nixon en un relajado surfista, en alusión al descanso que tomaba el presidente en su casa de San Clemente, California. Entre las figuras que lo rodean están el secretario de defensa Melvin Laird abrazando un misil antibalístico (extrema izquierda); el senador conservador Strom Thurmond indicando a Nixon que se mueva hacia la derecha (abajo al centro); y el líder soviético Leonid Brezhnev furioso con el presidente rumano Nicolae Ceausescu por haber sostenido una amistosa reunión con Nixon (abajo a la derecha).
Pat Oliphant (nacido en 1935)
Tinta y acuarela sobre cartón, 1969
Portada de Time, 15 de agosto de 1969
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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