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Just when it appears that The Trickster had lost his chops, Richard Nixon reasserts his preeminence as Clown Lord of American politics by naming Walter Annenberg ambassador to England, Vidal chuckles in this essay. Rich, powerful, and a huge contributor to the Nixon campaign, Annenberg is noted primarily as publisher of "a couple of bad newspapers in Philadelphia, all in all a perfectly unqualified appointee on the order of the late Joe Kennedy." When Annenberg presents himself at the queen's court and the laughs began.

At the palace, Annenberg forgets to remove a funny hat and royal footmen force the hat off his head. Then he is instructed how to approach the throne, left foot first. Starting with his right foot, he marches toward the monarch. "With that graciousness for which she...

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