National Affairs: Hay & Chilled Wines

Never had Washington seen so many foreign ministers at one time.

All week long, the candelabra and chilled-wine circuit hummed with hostesses plotting and providing. Mostly it was the embassies that entertained the visitors; being conscious of the high importance of congressional favor, they also invited key Senators. Robert Taft's attempt to cut EGA authorizations (see The Congress) set off Senate debates which lasted until 11 p.m., and spoiled dinners all along Massachusetts Avenue's Embassy Row. Many a hostess who invited a Senator had to settle for just his wife.

The British embassy managed...

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