ELDER STATESMANThe Sage of Saddle River, NJ
While he had plenty to fill his time, between writing, speaking, and doting on his four grandchildren, Nixon also felt a responsibility and a desire to offer his experience and knowledge in service to his country as an elder statesman.
He quickly rebuilt his reputation on the public stage as an international relations expert through candid and carefully nonpartisan statements.
Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton all came to greatly appreciate Nixon's accumulated wisdom and acute instincts.
With Presidential blessings - and sometimes simply as a private citizen - Nixon traveled in his later years to meet with global leaders, from the Soviet Union's Mikhail Gorbachev to China's Premier Deng Xiaoping.
He had keen insight into various leaders personalities and motivations, and he reported back to Washington with his observations and recommendations.
By the early 1990s, Nixon's legacy had been reshaped by his return to the world stage as a statesman and mentor lo Presidents.
He had begun to win back some of the national respect that had been lost during the Watergate scandal.