National Affairs: Satisfactory Answers

It was the first big show of the 81st Congress and Texas' florid old Tom Connally promptly fumbled his lines. He had moved his Foreign Relations Committee into the marble-pillared Senate caucus room. The hearing, Tom Connally announced, was "on the question of the nomination of Dean Acheson as Under Secretary of State." A murmur of correction ("Secretary!") rose from the press tables. Connally, beaming under the klieg lights, brushed off the advice: "He's still Under Secretary until he's confirmed." Then, after recalling that Acheson was still a citizen without public office, he...

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