Speakers & Programs

August – November 2014

Meet First Lady Pat Nixon
Aug 5 @ 10:30 AM


MTP_PatNixonMaureen Drown Nunn brings her dazzling portrayal of First Lady Pat Nixon back to the East Room. She’ll speak about Mrs. Nixon’s humble beginnings, and how she worked her way through college to become one of the most beloved figures in modern American history.

Nunn is a longtime Nixon family friend and Nixon Foundation board director. She is the daughter of Mrs. Nixon’s best friend, Helene Drown; the two taught at Whittier High School together.

Bring the youngsters and your camera to this free series of educational presentations by five great American Presidents – plus First Lady Pat Nixon. Featuring talks, interactive Q&A, coloring play time, photo opportunities and punch and cookies in the magnificent White House East Room.

Media interested in covering the event, contact Joe Lopez at joe@nixonfoundation.org.

Managing the Presidency: Nixon Creates the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) @ Drexel University, LeBow College of Business
Sep 11 @ 10:00 AM


Everyone has to start from somewhere.  Before he was Secretary of the Treasury, president of International Paper, CEO of Alcoa and chairman of the RAND Corporation, Paul O’Neill was a career civil servant in the Bureau of the Budget.  He was thirty-five when he became an assistant director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). He and his colleagues — many of them as young as he was — became responsible for independently assessing the performance of the executive branch, including cabinet agencies.

The restructuring of the 1921 Bureau of the Budget into OMB in 1970 not only allowed OMB to produce the annual budget, but also positioned it to evaluate and measure the efficiency and effectiveness of government programs and spending; and introduced modern practices of management and accountability.  Even today, OMB enables presidents to better influence and direct the executive branch.

Now, four decades later, O’Neill and three others who participated in the creation of OMB will meet at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business to discuss the Nixon administration’s motivation and the ongoing impact of that restructuring on both the public and private sectors.

Their presentation and panel discussion will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 11, in Gerri C. LeBow Hall on the Drexel campus. The program is co-presented by the Richard Nixon Foundation and LeBow College’s Institute for Strategic Leadership.

All four panelists joined the federal government during the Johnson administration and were career civil servants in the Bureau of the Budget when OMB was created. In addition to O’Neill, they are:

    • Ed Harper, who returned as deputy director of OMB in the Reagan administration and later served as chief financial officer of several Fortune 500 companies, including Campbell Soup Company.
    • Richard P. Nathan, who was one of OMB’s first assistant directors and later Nixon’s deputy undersecretary of Health, Education and Welfare.
    • Andy Rouse, who staffed both the Ash Council and the Domestic Council, and later became an executive vice president responsible for strategic development at both INA and CIGNA corporations.

Photo: Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Paul O’Neill.

Commemorate 9/11 @ Nixon Library
Sep 11 @ 11:00 AM

9.11-bell-120x180A moving commemoration ceremony in observance of the 13th anniversary of the tragic attacks on America.

Held in the East Room, the commemoration is one of Southern California’s largest 9/11 remembrance events, with hundreds in attendance every year – showing that Americans will never forget.


Meet Henry Ramirez
Sep 15 @ 7:00 PM

ramirez-with-nixonAuthor of A Chicano in the White House: The Nixon No One Knew

In 1971, President Nixon named Henry Ramirez as the first chairman of the Administration’s Cabinet Committee on Opportunities for Spanish Speaking People. Ramirez is credited with beginning the formal integration of Hispanics into the federal government. He’ll discuss and sign his new book.

If you are unable to attend, but want signed copies of A Chicano in the White House, click here to order and we’ll ship the day after his appearance.

Meet Luke Nichter and Douglas Brinkley @ Nixon Library
Sep 18 @ 7:00 PM


Authors of The Nixon Tapes: 1971-1972

Luke Nichter, professor of history at Texas A&M University, author and expert on the Nixon Tapes, and Douglas Brinkley, best selling author, professor of history at Rice University, presidential historian and biographer, will discuss and sign their co-authored new book, The Nixon Tapes: 1971-1972.

If you are unable to attend, but want signed copies of The Nixon Tapes, click here to order and we’ll ship the day after their appearance.

Meet Seth Davis @ Nixon Library
Sep 24 @ 7:00 PM


Author of Wooden: A Coach’s Life

Writer for Sports Illustrated and in-studio sports analyst for CBS, Seth Davis comes to discuss and sign his new book, Wooden: A Coach’s Life, a provocative biography of legendary UCLA head coach John Wooden.


If you are unable to attend, but want signed copies of Wooden: A Coach’s Life, click here to order and we’ll ship the day after his appearance.


Meet Dr. Ben Carson @ Nixon Library
Oct 19 @ 12:00 PM

Ben Carson_hsWorld-renowned Johns Hopkins University neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson has risen as a national voice on healthcare reform and other issues which will shape the future of America.

He will introduce his new book, One Nation: What We Can Do to Save America’s Future.

This is a book signing, with introductory remarks and Q&A. Admission by ticket only.

If you are unable to attend, but want to order signed copies of One Nation, click here to order and we’ll ship the day after his appearance.

Commemorate Veterans Day @ Nixon Library
Nov 11 @ 11:00 AM

Vets DayA patriotic celebration to honor all veterans who have served our nation.

Join us for a patriotic 11AM program in the East Room featuring a formal Presentation of the Colors, performances by the Villa Park High School Jazz Ensemble and Orange High School Concert Choir.