The Presidency: Down by the Old Mills Stream

"I read in the New York Times this morning," President Kennedy told 7,000 listeners in the piney foothills of the Arkansas Ozarks last week, "that if Wilbur Mills requested it, I'd be glad to come down here and sing Down by the Old Mill Stream. I want to say I am delighted." Kennedy meant what he said. As chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Arkansas Democrat Mills has powered three of the President's principal pieces of legislation through the House: the tax and trade bills of 1962 and the tax-cut bill now before the Senate Finance Committee.


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