"Today’s leaders can also learn to think in terms of national interest, versus becoming a prisoner to ideology. Of course Nixon was a partisan, and few possessed such seasoned political antennae as he did. But above all, he was a pragmatist, not an ideologue.
When Nixon took office in 1969, America was divided and distressed, not totally unlike today. He was the first president in 120 years—since Zachary Taylor—to be sworn in with both houses of Congress controlled by the opposition party. Yet he worked with Democrats to transform the country and responded to the cries of the time by reaching across the aisle and accomplishing legislative victories with dramatic legacies."