The Presidency When Giants Ruled

The Republican President eyed the lanky Democratic Senator beside him and then pointed at his leather chair behind the desk in the Oval Office. "Someday you'll sit in that chair," the President said. "No, Mr. President," replied the Senator, "that's one chair I'll never sit in. I wouldn't trade desks with you for anything in the world."

Dwight Eisenhower was right that April day in l958. Lyndon Johnson turned out to be wrong (or uncharacteristically modest), but he probably was so pleased with his position as majority leader of the Senate that for the moment he believed what he said.


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