POLITICS: The Peace Issue

In rudely announcing that he could not or would not negotiate with the U.S. until a new President is elected, Nikita Khrushchev waded right into U.S. politics. His humiliation of President Eisenhower was something that no American could tolerate, and Washington's first instinctive, shocked reaction was to unite behind the President. Like good coxswains, House Speaker Sam Rayburn and Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson did what they could to get the Democrats to pull together with the Administration. Mister Sam clamped an iron rule of silence on one-minute opening speeches, traditional...

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