nixonrockfellertimeNixon & Rockefeller on the Cover of Time Magazine, 1960.


Rocky didn’t like Nixon personally… Newsweek of September 2, 1974, : “The Nixon Presidency was a painful period for the proud governor. Privately, friends say, Rockefeller despised the self-made man from Yorba Linda. . .

Newsweek of September 2, 1974 : “Ever since his boyhood meeting with Teddy Roosevelt, it seems, Nelson Rockefeller had been propelling himself toward the Oval Office. Nothing less would suit his ambition. . . ” He has admitted that his goal in life since he was a child has been to be President of the United States. “After all,” he admitted, “when you think of what I had, what else was there to aspire to?”

RumsfeldDonald Rumsfeld youngest & oldest Secretary of Defense
The youngest serving under Gerald Ford
The oldest serving under George W.

Rumsfeld wrote of Nelson Rockefeller:
At the Republican National Convention in the wee hours of August 8, 1968, to select the vice presidential nominee—complete with a seating chart of the two dozen bigwigs in the room. One of Rumsfeld’s top three recommendations for the job was Nelson Rockefeller. (No one in the room even thought of Agnew)

Then years later working for President Ford Rumsfeld wrote:

I Told Cheney (Rocky & Ford) “there off to a good start, then I added he is such an enthusiastic and decent person”….It was long however before our relationship went south… turned out to be the most difficult relationship I have experienced in all years in the executive branch of the federal government.

(Rockefeller) A man with vast inherited wealth who was accustom to getting his way. He would bagger, pester subordinates until they said what he wanted to hear.” Rumsfeld went on.. “Rocky’s Chief of staff Ann Whitman once said “The vice president acted as if he were president. He’d come back from a meeting announcing that he was going to run the White House.”

Rockefeller connection to the 25th Amendment

The author of the Amendment, Senator Birch Bayh wrote about the Amendment in a book titled ‘One Heartbeat Away’ He goes on to explain in the hearings before the senate, (Page 73)

After Professor Hyman had finished his testimony, I asked that a comprehensive proposal by New York’s Governor Nelson Rockefeller be included in the record. Even though this proposal represented a distinct departure from our consensus, I had some regrets that it had to be presented in writing, not in person. The Governor would have been a glamorous witness, bringing to our hearings much of the press attention that I felt we needed to keep our work before the public eye. Earlier, Ken Keating, as a senator from New York, had approached me to suggest that his governor testify in person, as he was eminently qualified to do so since he and his staff had given long and deep study to the problems of disability and succession.