Nixon in the White House: The Frustration of Power

By Rowland Evans Jr.; Robert D. Novak | Go to book overview

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Nixon and Congress

. . . save in times like the extraordinary Hundred Days of 1933 -- times virtually ruled out by definition at mid-century -- a President will often be unable to obtain Congressional action on his terms or even to halt action he opposes. The reverse is equally accepted: Congress is often frustrated by the President. -- Richard E. Neustadt, in Presidential Power

I have watched the Congress from either the inside or the outside, man and boy, for more than 40 years, and I've never seen a Congress that didn't eventually take the measure of the President it was dealing with.

-- Lyndon B. Johnson, in impromptu remarks to departmental lobbyists, January 1965

When Bryce Harlow walked into his room at the Pierre Hotel after the 1968 election, the telephone was ringing. With one hand he tipped the bellboy, with the other he picked up the phone. His briefcase and suitcase sat on the floor. They were to stay there for the next several hours as Harlow -- a trim little man with upright military bearing and huge, luminous eyes -- was chained to the telephone, making one call after another, talking slowly in his soft Oklahoma drawl. With no secretary, he filled a menu lying on his bedside table with scrawled notes from his hours on the telephone.

That introduction to the just-forming Nixon administration told Harlow two very important things: first, except for himself and, of

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  • Title Page v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Contents *
  • I - The President 3
  • II - Prelude at the Pierre 9
  • III - The President's Men 37
  • IV - A Very Personal Diplomacy 75
  • V - Nixon and Congress 103
  • VI - The Politics of Civil Rights 133
  • VII - Nixonomics 177
  • VIII - The Reformer 211
  • IX - Time of Troubles 245
  • X - May 1970 269
  • XI - Agnew, Nixon and the 1970 Campaign 303
  • XII - Starting Over Again 347
  • XIII - Meeting Adversity: 1971 383
  • Source Notes 411
  • Index 413
  • About the Authors *
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