Norman Rockwell and Richard Nixon

Norman Rockwell had also met with the Republican nominee, Vice President Richard Nixon. As much as he admired President Eisenhower, Rockwell did not care for his vice president. In his studio, he worked on the portraits of Senator Kennedy and Vice President Nixon side by side. Scrupulously objective, he made sure that neither candidate flashed a millimeter more of a smile than the other. It was tedious work, not least because Nixon’s face posed unique challenges. As Peter Rockwell recalled, “My father said the problem with doing Nixon is that if you make him look nice, he doesn’t look like Nixon anymore.”

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From: The Smithsonian magazine, October 2013, “Inside America’s Great Romance With Norman Rockwell”, by Deborah Solomon, at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/Inside-Americas-Great-Romance-With-Norman-Rockwell-224937822.html?c=y&story=fullstory#norman-rockwell-1.jpg