During her first tour of the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace in Yorba Linda on Tuesday, Jehan Sadat was escorted by Library Director John Taylor into a room where a statue of her late husband--Egyptian President Anwar Sadat--is on display.
"I hope you don't consider it presumptuous that we have a statue of your husband here," Taylor said.
Smiling, Sadat sidled up to the life-size statue, gently tracing its hands and back with her fingers.
"Yes, yes," she whispered, standing back for a better look. "But, he was a little bit taller."
Later, Sadat, who lives in Virginia and Egypt, said she was pleased. "I am very impressed and happy," she said. "It makes me very proud that he is still remembered by many good people."
Sadat's tour also included a stop in the library theater where she watched a movie of her husband chatting with Nixon beside the Great Pyramids of Giza during a 1974 visit, a viewing of the gold and turquoise "peace necklace" she and Sadat presented to First Lady Pat Nixon, and a private, sit-down luncheon in the Marriott Room sponsored by Taylor and hamburger mogul Carl N. Karcher.