The Barkley Incident

To Alben Barkley the scene was familiar: the high-ceilinged room, and the big man propped up in the plain mahogany bed, his tremendous shoulders bulging his pa jama coat. In seven years as majority leader of the U.S. Senate, Kentucky's Barkley had talked with President Roosevelt literally hundreds of times, at all hours and in many places, including the President's bedroom.

The President's regular Monday conference with the Democratic leaders of Congress is usually held in his big oval office in the Executive wing of the White

House. But last week Mr....