MACARTHUR HEARING: Being a Good Boy

Big, bald Louis Johnson was genial, relaxed and spruce in a brown summer suit and white shoes. The Senators, in the seventh week of the MacArthur hearing, obviously cottoned to ex-Secretary of Defense Johnson. Inquisitors and witness amiably exchanged anecdotes, often dropped into informal use of first names. Johnson ducked questions with easy bluffness that politicians understand. "Do you still beat your wife?" he countered to one loaded question. At times, he talked about himself in the third person with the air of a man watching himself from the wings of history,...

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