“Let me simply say that our Administration has been served by many outstanding men and women, but few can match – and none exceed – the skill and dedication you brought to the post of Special Counsel” (Colson 1976).
President Nixon wrote this letter to Cuck Colson only one year before Colson was indicted for conspiring to cover up the Watergate burglaries. Not even Colson could tell you how this all started, but in his character as a young man it was evident that he could and would do anything necessary to complete a task that he set out to accomplish. Colson was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated as valedictorian of his High School class of 1949. He
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In Born Again Colson expounds on his experiences before becoming a Christian during the Watergate scandal involvement, his conversion to Christianity, and then his prison experiences. In these three different parts of the book you see his character changing, and watch as he grows deeper and deeper in his faith. About half of the book is spent reflecting his service in the white house, and so that will be the first topic discussed here. Chuck Colson was not after money in his career, although that would be nice, it was not his driving force that compelled him to do the things he did. Colson had an abundance of self-pride in who he was, the values he stood for, and especially his country. He wanted to be wanted by important people, such as the president, and have the ability to reject that attention. This self-pride was evident in the University he chose to attend and how he served the president. He waited on the phone call from the President himself to tell him that Nixon needed and wanted him. He adored the praise so much that he would do almost anything, including “walking over his own grandmother” (Colson 57). This is a quote that he jokingly said during a news interview, but the reporters did not take it as a joke at all. It sure did seem to be true. This constant longing to please those most important to him in order to be needed by them drove him to be the President’s “hatched man” (Colson 1976). As the Hatched