A note on the coloring: On this page, John Higgins, once again, utilizes a variety of reds and oranges to convey the tension simmering just below the surface of this scene.
Panel 1: Henry Kissinger and G. Gordon Liddy are the two men greeting the President and Vice President. During Nixon’s, and Ford’s, tenures as President of the United States, Kissinger served as Secretary of State (September 22, 1973 – January 20, 1977) and Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (January 20, 1969 – November 3, 1975). Liddy was responsible, along with E. Howard Hunt, for organizing the Watergate burglaries of the Democratic National Committee headquarters in 1972 that led to Nixon’s resignation as President in 1974.
Panel 5: President Nixon’s dialogue: “…we sit…and we wait…” transitions directly into