President Richard Nixon met with his old chief, former President Dwight Eisenhower, at Walter Reed Army Hospital on Sunday (2 February) where General Eisenhower is recovering from a series of severe heart attacks.
Nixon and Eisenhower in Ike's hospital room, Nixon talking
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Background: President Richard Nixon met with his old chief, former President Dwight Eisenhower, at Walter Reed Army Hospital on Sunday (2 February) where General Eisenhower is recovering from a series of severe heart attacks. Mr. Nixon later told reporters that he received "excellent advice" from the former President on the Middle East and NATO policy decisions that he must make in the very near future.
President Nixon also described to reporters the embarrassment he felt when the former President called him "Mr. President" for the first time. President Nixon served as President Eisenhower's Vice President for eight years from 1952 until 1960. President Nixon also told the press that he will discuss the critical problems in foreign policy facing his administration with former President Lyndon Johnson.
Part of the Nixon administration's plan on the grave Middle East crisis is to accept a French proposal for Four Power meetings at the United Nations to discuss the situation. The chief UN delegates from Britain, France, the Soviet Union and the United States would take part in the meetings. It is hoped the meetings would inject initiative into the long diplomatic deadlock between Israel and her Arab neighbors. But President Nixon has accepted the basic contention of the Johnson administration that any peace settlement imposed by outside powers will not bring lasting peace. The President feels only a direct reconciliation between Israel and the Arab states can ultimately bring peace to the area.