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Никсон в Сокольниках
Сегодня вышла новая биография президента США Р. Никсона. Интересен отрывок о "кухонных дебатах" с Хрущевым в Сокольниках в 1959. Судя по книге Никсон был просто разможжен. Американским журналистам тем не менее удалось продать этот эпизод дома как триумф вице-президента.
Nixon had been briefed on 132 topics. Yet “all the briefings in the world could not have prepared me for Khrushchev’s unexpected, unpredictable conduct,” he recalled.

The two men then toured the American exhibition, where a young TV executive lured them onstage for a demonstration of that newfangled contrivance: color television. “We found ourselves by accident…with literally millions of potential viewers,” Nixon recalled. Khrushchev was in his element, hamming it up for the Russian onlookers, lecturing the vice president, and at one point, mockingly, waving bye-bye to vanquished capitalism. Nixon was unscripted and unsure. Ike had given him explicit orders: he was there to cut ribbons, not to brawl. “Nixon’s reputation for being a tough bargainer who could ‘stand up to the Russians’ was in danger of being forever dissipated,” recalled William Safire, a New York PR man (and future Nixon speechwriter) who witnessed the scene. “He was getting clobbered.” Shaken, the vice president broke into a flop sweat and ineffectively parried the premier’s tough critiques. “Khrushchev,” Nixon remembered, “knocked me out of the ring.”

Nixon didn’t do that badly—or really that much better when, a few minutes later, he and Khrushchev resumed their debate at an exhibit of a “typical” American kitchen. But he caught a huge break from the U.S. press corps, who were rooting for their guy in this match of heavyweights, and awarded this round of what came to be known as the “kitchen debate” to Nixon. The photographs sealed the verdict. The two leaders had been wagging fingers at each other all day, but the front pages in America showed Nixon jabbing Khrushchev’s chest or chopping with his hand to emphasize a point. They made Nixon look strong, like he had bested a flummoxed Soviet tough guy.Nixon could not know this at the time, of course. As they moved from the kitchen display, “I felt actually physically weak” from tension, he would remember.
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