THE PRESIDENCY: Shock & Surprise

The President had been working on his budget message and his address on the State of the Union until 1:30 the night before, but as he sat at his desk after luncheon he gave no hint of fatigue. The telephone rang, and when he lifted the instrument he could hear the soft Arkansas drawl of Senate Democratic Leader Robinson.

"I have a great shock and surprise for you," said Senator Robinson with mock gravity. "Restrain yourself. Congress is organized and ready to receive any communication you desire to make."

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