The Administration: The Man on the Hill

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In his walnut-paneled White House office, Lawrence Francis O'Brien held a hurried conference with his aides. He had been warned by Vice President Lyndon Johnson that an important Southern Senator was wavering on an Administration bill. "See what you can do with him," O'Brien told a staffer. Then, as the meeting broke up, O'Brien turned to his telephone and called another Senator to thank him for a favorable vote the previous week. "I didn't want you to think we didn't notice and appreciate what you did," said O'Brien in a low...

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