Photograph by Fred Maroon

The Nixon Years

H. R. Haldeman in his office
in the White House.
November 24, 1970.  

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A man's office tells a lot about him. His importance in the White House determined his office's location and size, but the occupant had a lot to say about its decor.  H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, chief executive officer of the White House, had an office that was spacious and decorated in a Williamsburg style.  It was a no-nonsense office, efficient and designed for the high-powered role of its occupant and the meetings that occurred there.      Haldeman ran a tight ship.  He held the keys to the gate of the "Berlin Wall" around the President.  It was after this session with him that he asked how my project was going.  I told him I was getting some things, but not as much high level coverage, including the President, as I would like.  Shortly after that my access changed appreciably for the better, especially in the Oval Office. (At the time, Newsweek magazine described Haldeman as "probably the most powerful man in the country next to the President.")

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