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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Kitchen Cabinet

Nik and Dick:

But the event is best remembered for what happened on opening day in the kitchen of the model home: an unplanned and increasingly heated exchange of views between Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet premier, and his “host,” Richard M. Nixon, the U.S. vice-president. In many ways, the "kitchen debate" was a dialogue of the deaf:

Nixon: “I want to show you this kitchen. It’s like those of houses in California. See that built-in washing machine?”

Khrushchev: “We have such things.”

Nixon: “What we want to do is make more easy the life of our housewives.”

Khrushchev: “We do not have the capitalist attitude toward women.”

Posted by Richard Anderson on July 28, 2009 | Permalink

Comments

Um...is there a point this was supposed to illustrate? Did this exchange ever really happen?

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-07-28 12:42:48 PM


Nixon: “What we want to do is make more easy the life of our housewives.”

Khrushchev: “We do not have the capitalist attitude toward women.”

“Worst of all, it is women who usually have to do, usually alone, all the dirty work of the kitchen and household, work that is unimportant, hard, tiresome, and soul-destroying”
~Vladimir Lenin

It must have been just an observation on Lenin's part, then.
Clearly either Khrushchev wasn't a student of Lenin or the observation didn't move him to solve the plight of women.



Posted by: Speller | 2009-07-30 3:33:11 PM



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