The Nation: Someone to Talk Back to the Boss

The man who is leading Henry Kissinger's campaign to get back into the good graces of a skeptical and even hostile Congress made his reputation by skillfully handling an equally difficult group. From 1964 until 1973, Robert J. McCloskey, 52, had the unenviable task of serving as the spokesman for the State Department. Day after day, it was his job to meet the press and explain the U.S. position on Viet Nam.

McCloskey accomplished the task with such candor, clarity, diligence and wry humor that he became one of the truly rare Administration officials...

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