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Larry O’Brien’s Secret to Legislative Success

With a vote imminent in the House of Representatives on the signature legislation of the War on Poverty, Special Assistant to the President for Congressional Affairs (and Johnson's 1964 campaign director) Larry O'Brien revealed his secret to legislative success: "if we can just keep the boys that should be sober, sober, and the ones that should be drinking, drinking, that's our job for the afternoon."

The House had just passed the Southeast Asia Resolution (also known as the Tonkin Gulf Resolution) by 414-0.

Date:  Aug 07, 1964
Time:  12:50
Participants:  Lyndon Johnson, Larry O'Brien
Conversation Number:  WH6408-10-4795

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