The Congress: Pas de Dirksen

Senate pages rubbed ,their eyes in disbelief. In the galleries, tourists gaped. There on the floor of the U.S. Senate was Republican Leader Everett Dirksen, twirling around on tiptoe in an impromptu ballet solo. "Boys and girls, sit down," Dirksen ordered in mid-sashay. "We are going to show you how to operate a trucking enterprise. Get yourself a good look. We will show you choreography. Get yourself a good look."

Ev was not deranged but derisive. He was protesting the use of $52,018 in last year's anti-poverty program to give 480 needy teen-agers from...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!