The Dance of Nations

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He messes up the alleged setting for Richard Nixon’s jocular query if his conversation partner had “done any fornicating over the weekend,” but

“As difficult or unsettling as it might be to imagine, before Richard Nixon became U.S. president, he came here with his wife, Patricia, and led a congalike line between tables while warbling the refrain, “Severa … Severa … Severa.”

The club’s website is mute on this question.

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When did this storied affair take place? One account has private citizen Nixon in Lisbon in 1963, winning future friends. Nixon cheered Portugal’s efforts to maintain white rule in Africa, a small preview of the Republican love affair with South Africa reluctantly ended when Apartheid did.

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