The Congress: Biting the Bullet

For most of his press conference last week, the President seemed unwontedly subdued, as if he had prepared himself with one Miltown too many. Then a newsman asked him about that vexed, vexatious tax bill, and Lyndon Johnson all at once was his old self again. For eight gesticulatory minutes—more than twice the time he devoted to the subject of peace talks—he laced into Capitol Hill economizers and urged Congressmen to "stand up like men" and vote, to "bite the bullet" no matter how much it hurt. Oddly enough, until he spoke, they had seemed ready to do just...

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