Much Ado, but Not Much Action: President and Congress Square Off

The President and Congress square off for a fractious session

The word bipartisan appeared seven times in the President's State of the Union address last week, but the decision to stress a new spirit of cooperation apparently did not reach the White House guards. When Tip O'Neill appeared at the Executive mansion on the day of the speech for a conference with the President, the gatekeepers would not let him in. The rotund, white-maned Speaker of the House had to fish around for some identification. O'Neill handled the unintentional rebuff amiably enough, but once...

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