The Administration: The Disinvited Guest

By custom and courtesy, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee sits at the President's table whenever the White House entertains a visiting head of state. Nonetheless, William Fulbright has been a conspicuous absentee from Lyndon Johnson's last three dinners for foreign dignitaries. Though Fulbright returned to the U.S. Dec. 13 from a less-than-triumphant trip Down Under (TIME, Dec. 13), the Arkansas Democrat was not even sent an R.S.V.P. to the White House banquets for Pakistan's President Mohammed Ayub Khan, Britain's Prime Minister Harold Wilson or West Germany's Chancellor Ludwig Erhard.

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