Julie's Jennie Makes the Book Scene at Her Grandparents' Farewell to San Clemente
It was likely the Richard Nixons' last public party at their newly unloaded San Clemente compound, but the theme was distinctly forward-looking. The discreet gathering included no press and only select representatives from the American Booksellers' Association convention in Los Angeles. They were invited to hear the ex-President speak on his work in progress: a prognosis of U.S. foreign policy until the year 2000, due from Warner Books next January. "Memoirs was about the past," Nixon said. "This one is about the future."
When his pitch and the taco-and-enchilada buffet were over, and as an eight-piece mariachi band accompanied the sunset over San Clemente, the evening's real star came out: Jennie Elizabeth Eisenhower, 9 months. Quickly taking center stage, she cooed as grandfather Richard, 66, tossed her in the air—and smiled as grandmother Pat, 67, showed her off to fans. Then, apparently weary with the world of literary and power politics, Jennie retreated into the arms of mother Julie Eisenhower, 30, and went home to bed, taking much of the party spirit with her.
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