The Administration: General Watson

The President's praise of dear friends has never been parsimonious, but the plaudits he has showered on W. (for William) Marvin Watson have been extravagant even by Johnson's hyperbolic standards. "The most efficient man I've ever known," the President once said. "As wise as my father, as gentle as my mother, as loyal to my side as Lady Bird," he observed on another occasion. And last week, in announcing Watson's nomination to succeed Lawrence O'Brien as Postmaster General, Johnson said that "it will take at least two good men" to replace him at the White House.

All that efficiency, wisdom,...