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As Polynesian as Nixon (WSJ June 30, 2007)

Joined: Jan 25, 2009
Posts: 10
From: Kansas City
Posted: 2009-01-25 10:16 am   Permalink

The "How's Your Drink" column in Saturday's Wall Street Journal is always interesting. This one's great. I really like the image of Nixon knocking back a couple of mai tai's as the world closes in.

Here's the link:

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Joined: Oct 06, 2008
Posts: 40
Posted: 2009-01-26 08:06 am   Permalink

I was shocked to read about Nixon and his appreciation for tiki drinks. I've been researching and writing about rum-loving world leaders and haven't come across this tidbit before....or since. Conjures up some interesting imagery!

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Joined: Jun 13, 2006
Posts: 1434
From: San Diego
Posted: 2009-01-26 10:54 am   Permalink

"Oddly, the Mai Tai was the favorite drink of Richard Nixon, a man who -- though sorely lacking in beach-bum credentials -- found solace in the Trader's tiki fantasy land."

Lacking in beach-bum credentials? Nixon was from California and lived in a big beach house in San Clemente!
"I am Lono!" -- Hunter S. Thompson

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Joined: Nov 06, 2002
Posts: 322
From: Hockessin, Delaware
Posted: 2009-01-27 04:10 am   Permalink

I have always heard Nixon would order the Navy Grog most times he went to Trader Vics.

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