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Biography of Nixon Speech Writer, Raymond K. Price
On a mild January day, William Jefferson Clinton delivered one of the shortest speeches of his career - only 14 minutes long - to celebrate his inauguration. It began with the words:
Today we celebrate the mystery of American renewal. This ceremony is held in the depth of winter. But, by the words we speak and the faces we show the world, we force the spring.
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Raymond K. Price, Jr. headed the writing and research team in the Nixon White House. He worked with Mr. Nixon for two years prior to the presidency, helping plan and wage the 1968 campaign, and then served at the White House throughout the Nixon presidency. He was the president's collaborator on both inaugural addresses, and also on the speech announcing his resignation. After the White House, he wrote an interpretive retrospective on the Nixon presidency, "With Nixon" (The Viking Press, 1977), as well as helping President Nixon with five of his post-presidency books and traveling extensively abroad with him.
Prior to his Nixon association he was on the staffs on Collier's and Life, and then for nine years held various editorial positions at the New York Herald Tribune. These included editorial writer, editor of the Review Of the Week section of the Sunday paper, acting Sunday Editor, assistant to the publisher (John Hay Whitney) and editor of the editorial page. He was the paper's last editorial page editor.
Since leaving the White House, in addition to his own book and his work with President Nixon, he has been a Fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard, a Visiting Fellow of the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., a visiting professor at Whittier (California) College, assistant to CBS Founder/Chairman William S. Paley, and a nationally syndicated columnist. He was editorial coordinator for two presidential task forces, both of which reported in 1984: the Bipartisan Commission on Central America (The Kissinger Commission), and the President's Task Force on International Private Enterprise, headed by Dwayne O. Andreas.
He is currently president of the Economic Club of New York, a non-profit, non-partisan membership association of senior business leaders that serves as a public policy forum.
He also serves as a director of FIRST ("For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology"), a national non-profit organization dedicated to exciting the next generation about science and technology, and has recently served as president of the George Washington Boyhood Home Foundation, set up to develop for appropriate public purposes the site where the first president grew up, and as treasurer of the Overseas Press Club of America.
A 1951 graduate of Yale University, his is a native of New York.