The Presidency: Pleading Beyond Reason?


Precisely 90 minutes remained before the scheduled start of a nationwide ail way strike. For nearly four hours, the President of the U.S. had pleaded with management and labor for a 20-day delay in the showdown on their conflicting demands. In the White House Fish Room, newsmen were wearily awaiting the outcome. Now, into that room sauntered a workman who casually set up a TV prompter. On it, in letters two inches high, was printed the news that the strike had been put off for at least 15 days. Moments later President Johnson,...

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