- 1. Thank you.
- 2. - Morning, son.
- Good morning, senator.
- 3. Thank you.
- 4. Taxi!
- 5. Sheraton Park Hotel.
- 6. - Good morning, Senator Danta.
- Good morning, Willoughby.
- 7. Hold it.
- 8. Why wasn't I let in on this?
- 9. - May I help you?
- Dot, Senator Munson.
- 10. Oh, just a moment, senator.
- 11. Good morning, Bobby.
How are you this morning?
- 12. You know how I am
this morning, Mr. President.
- 13. I guess I'm in for it, aren't I?
- 14. That's a hell of a thing to do
without talking to me.
- 15. Bobby, it's been over two weeks
since Shepherd died.
- 16. We couldn't go on forever without
a secretary of state. I had to get it done.
- 17. What was the matter
with the list of men we agreed on?
- 18. No, not one of them can
really fill the bill.
- 19. Robert Leffingwell can.
- 20. You know how valuable he's been to me.
- 21. Sure, he's great. But the man's got more
enemies in Congress than anybody.
- 22. He's never played ball with us, not even
the most ordinary, political-courtesy kind.
- 23. Well, maybe that's the reason I want him.
He doesn't waste his time on trifles.
- 24. Mr. President, a United States senator
is not a trifle.
- 25. That's a joke, Bobby.
- 26. Fine. But Leffingwell's no joke.
- 27. And I have to stuff him down
the Senate's throat.
- 28. Now, look, I knew we were running a risk,
but I want him.
- 29. He can give us some creative
statesmanship, and God knows we need it.
- 30. Oh, come on, now.
What's our toughest problem?
- 31. You want me to talk
to Warren Strickland?
- 32. There's no point talking
to the minority leader.
- 33. Our troubles are coming
from our own party.
- 34. Seab Cooley.
- 35. We can work out a deal with old Seab.
- 36. He says we can work out a deal with Seab.
- 37. - Who's with you?
- Stanley Danta.
- 38. Stan's always right there
on the job, isn't he?
- 39. He's the best whip ever in the Senate.
Tell him I said so.
- 40. He says you're the best whip
we've ever had.
- 41. Tell him the best whip we've ever had
says Seab Cooley will trade for one thing:
- 42. Leffingwell's head.
- 43. What'd he say, Bob?
- 44. That Seab won't trade on this,
and he's right.
- 45. We've licked Cooley before.
We can do it again.
- 46. Then we'd better get at it.
Suppose you start with Tom August.
- 47. - When did Tom become a Cooley man?
- He isn't. He's not a Leffingwell man either.
- 48. Since he's chair of Foreign Relations
we have to sweeten him up.
- 49. I'll call him in right away.
Good luck, Bobby.
- 50. - Oh, boy.
- You want off this one?
- 51. I'm with you, Bob.
- 52. There's no doubt
he's made a wild pitch...
- 53. but I'd like to back him up
all I can right now.
- 54. Sure, I know.
- 55. Hello, Bob, Stan.
- 56. - Good morning, senator.
- Come on in.
- 57. About 5'8", blond, a little cleft
in the chin, black dress, mink stole.
- 58. Sorry. Didn't see anybody
answer to that description.
- 59. Why don't you get married, Lafe?
- 60. A United States senator should stabilize
with a good, solid marriage.
- 61. If I did, I couldn't get elected.
- 62. It's the unmarried mothers
who put me in office.
- 63. Why don't you stabilize yourself?
- 64. There's a difference between
widowers and bachelors.
- 65. Widowers have more dignity.
- 66. - How do you feel about this lollapalooza?
- I think the president's nuts to name him.
- 67. But I'll vote for him.
- 68. What about your friend Brig Anderson?
Think he'll jump the whale?
- 69. - Leffingwell scuttled his power bill.
- Brig won't be influenced by that.
- 70. - Not on this.
- I'm trying to count a few noses.
- 71. - Suppose you give Brig a ring to make sure.
- If you like.
- 72. - Hello.
- Hello, Warren? Good morning. Bob Munson.
- 73. - Beating the bushes early, aren't you, Bob?
- I have a lot of bushes.
- 74. It's your garden, friend, not ours.
- 75. How many votes against Leffingwell
on your side of the aisle?
- 76. Somewhere between 17 and 20.
That's giving him the benefit of the doubt.
- 77. With the president's right
to name his cabinet?
- 78. Try that line on the members of your
own party. Say, Seab Cooley.
- 79. - Hello, Brig? How's the boy?
- Right in the middle of breakfast.
- 80. What's on your mind, Lafe?
- 81. Just wondered what you think about
the appointment. Crazy, huh?
- 82. - Think so?
- Well, it's gonna be a rough one.
- 83. I wouldn't be surprised.
- 84. - I thought you might be upset about it.
- Why would I be upset?
- 85. The trouble he gave you
on your power bill.
- 86. - That's right. He did, didn't he?
- You mean it's okay?
- 87. - Is that what Bob Munson wants to know?
- You got television on your phone?
- 88. Just a second, Lafe.
- 89. - You going, baby?
- 90. - You still love me?
- 91. - How much?
- That much.
- 92. Time for her bus, Brig.
- 93. Have a nice time in school today, honey.
- 94. - Lafe?
- 95. Look, I'm not grinding
an ax for Leffingwell...
- 96. but I'm not gonna commit myself
right now either.
- 97. I'd like to wait and hear what he has
to say at the committee hearing.
- 98. Apart from that, I'm just gonna sit back
and watch Seab Cooley light up the sky.
- 99. Had your fire and brimstone
this morning, Seab?
- 100. Yes, sir, Mr. Majority Leader.
- 101. Laced with hot bourbon
and branch water.
- 102. I expect you can see the flames
coming out of my ears.
- 103. Can we have a little talk?
- 104. If you mean about
Mr. Robert A. Leffingwell...
- 105. it'd be a fruitless conversation.
The president, the party and I...
- 106. would take it as a favor
if you'd lay off.
- 107. I honor the president, I love my party...
- 108. and I admire you, Mr. Majority Leader,
except where it crosses with my convictions.
- 109. I believe Mr. Robert A. Leffingwell
will lead us straight to perdition.
- 110. Come on, we know what's eating you.
- 111. Leffingwell made a liar out of you
in a hearing five years ago.
- 112. - It's a long time to carry a grudge, Seab.
- Maybe for a young fellow like you.
- 113. In my table of time, it happened just
like yesterday. Good day, gentlemen.
- 114. Scares you, doesn't it?
All that 40 years in the Senate.
- 115. Good morning, Seab.
- 116. - I was just gonna call your office.
- On the run, Fred.
- 117. I know. We've all gotta hop for this one,
but we'll put Leffingwell over.
- 118. Boy, he is it, Bob. He's really it.
He's a great man, a great talent.
- 119. - I'm throwing my organization behind this.
- You got an organization?
- 120. Are you kidding?
- 121. Eight chapters in eight cities,
my peace organization.
- 122. Who you making peace with?
The Kickapoo Indians?
- 123. You find peace amusing?
- 124. It's just that Stan's on the Indian Affairs
subcommittee, isn't it, Stan?
- 125. I'll be with you in a minute.
- 126. Fred, what do those guys do
besides strew roses in your path?
- 127. Just my brain trust.
- 128. You can't hold a senator's job
by kissing babies...
- 129. and shaking hands, you know. Bob...
- 130. The hearing will go
to a subcommittee, right?
- 131. I haven't any word from Tom August yet.
I don't know his plan.
- 132. Well, if it does...
I say, if it does, I don't wanna push...
- 133. Whoever's made subcommittee chair
should be pro-Leffingwell, right?
- 134. Possibly.
- 135. Well, I've done my share of the hack work.
I ought to be in line for a spot like this.
- 136. Fred, right now I'm just trying
to get the situation in hand.
- 137. I know, but I wanted
to get my bid in early.
- 138. I've gotta fly to New York for the
afternoon and meet my eastern group.
- 139. - Suppose I call you later on?
- Yeah. Do that. Call me.
- 140. - Van Ackerman's looking for a horse to ride.
- He won't get it from me.
- 141. He won't care.
He doesn't belong here, Bob.
- 142. - You'll have to cut him off the vine.
- He'll fall off.
- 143. - Morning, Bess.
- Morning, senator. Your calls.
- 144. - First, see if you can get me Leffingwell.
- Yes, sir.
- 145. Sir, 219 telegrams so far.
- 146. - Most of them favorable to Leffingwell.
- 147. - Good morning, senator.
- 148. - Leffingwell residence.
- Senator Munson calling Mr. Leffingwell.
- 149. Senator Munson? Wait a minute.
- 150. - Dad, it's Senator Munson on the phone.
- 151. The phone. It's Senator Munson.
- 152. - Tell him I've gone out.
- 153. Because he'll want me to do things
that might obligate me.
- 154. Why do you want me to lie? If you're in,
you're in. If you're out, you're out.
- 155. Son, this is a Washington, D.C.
Kind of lie.
- 156. That's when the other person knows you're
lying, and also knows you know he knows.
- 157. - Follow?
- 158. - Senator Munson will understand.
- Okay, if you say so.
- 159. He's not here. He went out.
- 160. - Do you know where I might reach him?
- No, ma'am.
- 161. - He didn't leave a forwarding address.
- Oh, I see. Well, thank you.
- 162. - I can't reach Mr. Leffingwell, senator.
- All right, Bess.
- 163. - I'll take these calls down the line.
- Yes, sir.
- 164. Wouldn't you think he'd know
we'd know he's dodging us?
- 165. He might become the best
secretary of state we'll ever have.
- 166. Want me to make you one of these?
- 167. - Thanks just the same.
- It's good.
- 168. - Don't you wanna be secretary of state?
- Think I should want to?
- 169. - Big job.
- That's a fact.
- 170. - I think you ought to want it.
- 171. Well, you know. All that trouble,
and war and stuff like that.
- 172. Maybe you could do something about it.
- 173. - I'd like to try.
- That's the way I'd figure it.
- 174. It's worth a try.
- 175. As you get to the top of the stairway,
look at the painting on the right.
- 176. This painting portrays one of the worst
conflicts of the Mexican War.
- 177. In this painting, it's
interesting to note...
- 178. that Lieutenants Lee and Grant
fought side by side.
- 179. They were classmates at West Point,
as you know.
- 180. The skylight came from Philadelphia.
It was placed there in 1859.
- 181. The medallions in the skylight
- 182. They were done by Gibson and Company
and placed there in 1859.
- 183. - Good morning, Max.
- Miss Harrison, Lady Maudulayne.
- 184. - Good morning, Maxwell.
- Max, this is Madame Barre.
- 185. Her husband is the new
- 186. - Welcome to the Senate, madame.
- Thank you.
- 187. - Good morning, Lady Maudulayne.
- Good morning.
- 188. - Good morning.
- Good morning.
- 189. Bob. How are you?
- 190. Good morning, Orrin.
Everything all right?
- 191. Bob, it's going around the Leffingwell
hearing might be set for tomorrow.
- 192. That's rushing things, isn't it?
- 193. As we need a secretary of state,
I wouldn't say it's rushing.
- 194. Senator Strickland, wouldn't you say
- 195. Senator Munson's party is going to be
strongly divided on Leffingwell.
- 196. Perhaps the senator would push it through
before that division ruptures.
- 197. I wonder if the minority leader is
qualified to speak for the majority party.
- 198. On the right of that aisle is the minority,
and on the left is the majority.
- 199. All of those are left?
- 200. - Does America have so many leftists?
- Oh, no, darling. It's purely geographical.
- 201. I mean, they're all Republicans or Democrats.
No communists or anything of that sort.
- 202. They do have liberal types, but they
don't necessarily sit on the left...
- 203. conservatives don't necessarily
sit on the right.
- 204. Boys.
- 205. - Bill.
- Aaron, nice to see you.
- 206. That man, the one on the dais,
- 207. He's the vice president
of the United States.
- 208. - He's very attractive.
- Yes, dear. Harley's very sweet.
- 209. He's from one of those
odd little states, isn't he?
- 210. He was governor of Delaware, you mean.
- 211. - He's the president of the Senate, Celestine.
- But you said he's the vice president.
- 212. It's confusing. We'd call him Lord
High Chamberlain or something sensible.
- 213. It's very sensible. His job,
as vice president of the country...
- 214. is to preside over the Senate,
which makes him its president.
- 215. - Then he's also a senator.
- 216. He presides over the Senate,
but he's not a senator. He can't even vote.
- 217. He can vote in case of a tie.
- 218. The Senate will come to order.
- 219. The chaplain will now offer prayer.
- 220. Our Father, in these days
of stress and strain...
- 221. when men are called upon
to bear great burdens...
- 222. give this Senate the strength
- 223. to ascertain of each who would serve
his nation his true nature and purpose...
- 224. lest through inadvertence
- 225. there slip into seats of power,
those who would misguide...
- 226. and mislead this great people.
- 227. Even the parson is getting into
the Leffingwell act.
- 228. Your blessings, O Lord,
and help them to serve in your ways.
- 229. Amen.
- 230. Mr. President.
- 231. Recognize the senior senator
- 232. I ask unanimous consent that the journal
of yesterday's proceedings be approved.
- 233. Without objection? So ordered.
- 234. Mr. President, I suggest
the absence of a quorum.
- 235. Absence of a quorum suggested.
- 236. - Clerk will call the roll.
- Mr. Abbott...
- 237. Finish your story. Bob's got the Linotype.
Somebody's bound to pop on Leffingwell.
- 238. Call to the post early, huh?
- 239. Better wake up, Senator McCafferty.
- 240. - Senator, quorum call.
- Opposed, sir. Diametrically opposed.
- 241. No, no, senator. It's a quorum call.
- 242. Mr. Ardell.
- 243. - Mr. Ashley.
- 244. - Take over for a few minutes?
- Oh, sure.
- 245. Mr. Bellingham?
- 246. - Mr. Bender of California?
- 247. - Bob? Where's Seab?
- Oh, he'll make an entrance pretty soon.
- 248. - Can I help with Leffingwell?
- Can't think of a thing. We'll just mark time.
- 249. I'll gladly talk to anybody you want me to.
- 250. - Excuse me.
- Tom August came from the White House.
- 251. - In the cloak room.
- Sit in for me.
- 252. - What's going on, Stan?
- Oh, hi, Harley. Looks like a bumpy day.
- 253. I was asking Bob if I could do
anything to help.
- 254. Filling up, huh?
- 255. Funny how they can always
- 256. Yeah.
- 257. Did I tell you I murdered my wife last
night, buried her under a kumquat bush?
- 258. Oh, well... Easy come, easy go.
- 259. What? What did you say?
- 260. I said I might as well get up there
and let the tourists rubberneck at me.
- 261. - I'm sorry, Harley.
- All right. Forget it. Forget it.
- 262. - Excuse me.
- 263. - Hello, Bob.
- Morning, Tom.
- 264. The president wants a closed hearing.
- 265. That's impossible.
- 266. Cooley would find a way to open it up
if he had to use a can opener.
- 267. That's what I told him.
- 268. We'll have to name a subcommittee
and let it go at that.
- 269. - Who do you have in mind to chair it?
- I thought Powell Hanson.
- 270. It'll look like you're rigging it
- 271. Put him on the committee,
but not as chairman.
- 272. It's got to be somebody
who can handle Cooley.
- 273. What would you think
of Fred Van Ackerman?
- 274. Caught you too, huh?
- 275. - Got me out of bed this morning.
- 276. I don't know.
- 277. The man has no tact.
- 278. Of course, he could cope with Seab.
- 279. So could Brig Anderson over there.
- 280. I thought of Brig.
- 281. But he's Fred Van Ackerman's junior.
Fred would split a gut.
- 282. Let him split. Brig knows
how to be a senator.
- 283. All right. Let's tag him and get organized.
- 284. - Brig, may we interrupt for a moment?
- 285. Brig, how would you feel about handling
the subcommittee on Leffingwell?
- 286. - I'd feel fine.
- 287. Orrin Knox is up on Leffingwell,
and Seab is warming up.
- 288. Here we go, gentlemen.
- 289. The president must have known
the reaction would be adverse...
- 290. for the name Leffingwell
is synonymous with arrogance...
- 291. and an eggheaded
determination to ignore...
- 292. When have you let somebody
else do your dirty work?
- 293. You mean Orrin Knox, Bob?
- 294. You find Orrin doing somebody else's
dirty work, and that'll be a pretty do.
- 295. - The office of federal power committee...
- This was a complete surprise.
- 296. which he now administrates.
- 297. And in each of these, he has,
under the protection of the president...
- 298. gone his own way
- 299. with the appropriate committee
of the Senate.
- 300. Mr. President, will the senator yield?
- 301. I will yield when I complete
the text of my statement.
- 302. Mr. President, I only wish to ask the
senator how long he intends to speak.
- 303. Was the senator planning to speak
for about 15 minutes?
- 304. Nice try, Robert.
- 305. Mr. President, the esteemed majority leader
is trying to trap me into a time limit.
- 306. Well, since he has trotted out
this wheezy device...
- 307. he must expect
the usual wheezy answer.
- 308. I certainly expect to speak
longer than 15 minutes.
- 309. - Indeed, I may speak 15 hours.
- Attaboy, Orrin.
- 310. I might also say that I do not need any
coaching from the sidelines...
- 311. from the esteemed senator
from South Carolina.
- 312. I would like to make it plain
that my opinions are my own...
- 313. and they do not reflect those
of the senator from South Carolina.
- 314. Now, if I might continue
- 315. This nomination is being handled
with an underhanded attempt...
- 316. to press the senator into silence and
railroad this nomination through Senate.
- 317. Mr. President,
will the senator yield for a question?
- 318. I have no intention of yielding to
the majority leader or the majority whip.
- 319. They have no purpose but to block
criticism of Leffingwell.
- 320. Will my good friend and colleague,
the distinguished senior senator...
- 321. from Illinois, yield the floor to me?
- 322. Under the circumstances, and because
we see eye to eye in this matter...
- 323. I consider it a privilege to yield to the
able and respected senator from South Carolina.
- 324. Thank you, sir. Mr. President, I must defend
my distinguished colleague from Illinois.
- 325. It appears that he is beset
on every side by snarling enemies.
- 326. Yet it was his intention only to give voice
to the simple complaint...
- 327. many of us feel on both sides
of the aisle.
- 328. An honest revulsion...
- 329. at this nomination the president
has thrown in our teeth.
- 330. Mr. President, will this senator yield?
- 331. I'll not yield, sir, but I will say for you
what you'd say anyway...
- 332. that this is not the time
for personal imputations.
- 333. Will that satisfy the senator?
- 334. Was there no other man than this...
- 335. this Robert A. Leffingwell?
- 336. Is our storehouse of brainpower
so impoverished, that for this office...
- 337. which can affect the destiny
of our nation, of the world...
- 338. there is no other man
but Robert A. Leffingwell?
- 339. I find that hard, indeed,
impossible to believe.
- 340. Will the distinguished senator yield?
- 341. Well, now...
- 342. for my young, handsome...
- 343. and plenipotent colleague,
I will gladly yield.
- 344. Looks like Seab's gonna have
roast Lafe Smith for lunch.
- 345. Does the senior senator from South Carolina
think he knows more than the president...
- 346. about what or who is needed,
in these perilous times...
- 347. in the office of secretary of state?
- 348. Yes, senator.
- 349. Even one so young and green as
the junior senator from Rhode Island...
- 350. would have chosen another man.
Wouldn't you say that's the truth?
- 351. The senator assumes an infallibility of
knowledge, which denotes a closed mind...
- 352. and an aged crust of prejudice.
- 353. Who ate who?
- 354. Mr. President...
- 355. we have here an example...
- 356. of the commotion this man,
Leffingwell, can arouse.
- 357. Able, sensitive young senators,
taught courtesy at their mothers' knees...
- 358. turn upon their elders and rend them
because of their passions...
- 359. over this disturbing man,
Robert A. Leffingwell.
- 360. I beseech senators to contemplate
the spectacle we are making of ourselves.
- 361. Why?
- 362. What is causing this bitterness
of division in our party? Leffingwell.
- 363. Who is disrupting the cordial flow
of legislative interchange? Leffingwell.
- 364. Who is turning this Senate...
- 365. into a cockpit of angry emotion?
- 366. Leffingwell.
- 367. I abominate this man Leffingwell.
He is an evil man.
- 368. He will pursue a policy of appeasements!
- 369. He will weaken the moral fiber
of our great nation.
- 370. He will bring destruction
to our traditions.
- 371. And I beg you, senators, reject him.
- 372. Reject him!
- 373. - Barney, you look wonderful tonight.
- Thank you, Mrs. Harrison.
- 374. - Betty, do you know the senator?
- Yes, we've met.
- 375. Shall we have a spin around the floor?
- 376. Hi, Lafe.
- 377. - Having fun?
- Having a lovely time. Thanks.
- 378. - Can I get you a drink?
- No, thanks.
- 379. I will make my government's position
on Mr. Leffingwell very clear.
- 380. In some ways, he's excellent.
- 381. But in others, not so excellent.
- 382. In general, I would say we are for him.
- 383. Except when it comes to those
features of character...
- 384. in which we might be disposed
to be against him.
- 385. On the whole, that is my government's
position. Yes, exactly.
- 386. Yes, the inscrutable East can always
be depended upon to be inscrutable.
- 387. - Enjoy your dance, darling?
- The senator dances beautifully.
- 388. Well, Lafe is not exactly
the log-cabin type.
- 389. Powell, the senator is coming
to lunch tomorrow.
- 390. We'll be honored. You'll be
our first guest at the embassy.
- 391. - You're very kind.
- Bob, see you a minute?
- 392. Will you excuse me?
- 393. - Didn't see you at dinner, Fred.
- I just got here.
- 394. Why didn't you take my call
from New York this afternoon?
- 395. I didn't want to take your call.
Is that an honest enough answer?
- 396. You were reaching
for Brig Anderson all the time?
- 397. No. But we weren't reaching
for you, either.
- 398. - He's in the club, isn't he?
- What club?
- 399. Don't give me that.
The inner circle, the clique, the club.
- 400. Look, Fred, you forced me
to offend you. I'm sorry.
- 401. All right. I'm willing to forget it.
I'll still campaign for Leffingwell.
- 402. Fine, Fred, but let's not irritate
- 403. Robert Leffingwell is the difference between
peace and war. I mean to fight for him.
- 404. - Being exclusive, Harley?
- Just escaping for a moment.
- 405. From the ladies?
- 406. Do you mind if I ask you a question
that a vice president shouldn't ask?
- 407. You mean like,
"How's the president's health?"
- 408. I haven't seen him in six weeks.
He never calls me in.
- 409. - I don't think he means to slight you.
- He probably does.
- 410. But that's not why I'm asking.
- 411. Look, I know I'm only Charming Harley,
the housewives' delight.
- 412. I know I was only a compromise candidate
for vice president or I wouldn't be here.
- 413. I never expected to be president, and I hope
to God I never will be, and I mean that.
- 414. But the town's boiling
with rumors about his health.
- 415. If they're true, I should at least be told.
- 416. All right.
- 417. But this is just my own opinion.
- 418. I don't think the surgery last year
- 419. Well, I was once the happy governor
- 420. counting revenue from corporative setups
and having tea with the Du Ponts.
- 421. - Now...
- It hasn't happened yet. Maybe it won't.
- 422. Bob, I'm not sure I've got the stuff
to be president.
- 423. Has anybody?
- 424. Most presidents have to grow up
in the job anyway.
- 425. The country could go to hell before
I'd grow big enough to see over the desk.
- 426. Humility is not the worst attitude
you could have toward this job.
- 427. It's a nice word for the
- 428. In any case, you're the only vice president
we have, so the Constitution says.
- 429. Leffingwell is not only an appeaser,
but a spendthrift to boot.
- 430. He can throw more money out
of the back door with a teaspoon...
- 431. than the government can bring in
with a shovel.
- 432. He'll stage a giveaway to the communists
that'll make Munich look like a clambake.
- 433. What do you pump-order politicians
think the world's like?
- 434. Wanna get us bombed out of existence
for some lousy, two-bit country...
- 435. that can't even feed itself?
- 436. We have got to think of ourselves,
first and last.
- 437. Would the senator yield the floor?
- 438. This is no laughing matter to me,
- 439. Then perhaps this isn't the place
to discuss it.
- 440. Excuse me.
- 441. - I'm terribly sorry, Dolly.
- Nonsense, Orrin.
- 442. Why, Mr. Leffingwell does cause
excitement, doesn't he?
- 443. - Is that you, darling?
- 444. How did it go tonight, darling?
- 445. Like any party you give. A smasher.
- 446. You're the best there is, pet.
- 447. Somebody said once,
a friend of mine, I'm sure...
- 448. that any bitch with a million bucks,
and a big house and a good caterer...
- 449. could be a social success in Washington.
- 450. Do you think I'm a bitch?
- 451. A perfectly nice one, if you are.
- 452. And I'm probably the first man in your life
since your husband died.
- 453. That's not a question.
- 454. Don't feel obliged to
- 455. You are.
- 456. How long do you think I'm going to keep up
this backstairs romance?
- 457. Front elevator.
- 458. Elevator is right. At my age, I need it.
- 459. Oh, your age. You're as virile
as a billy goat...
- 460. and make noises
like a wounded spaniel.
- 461. - No marriage, huh?
- And spoil this convenient arrangement?
- 462. Don't be silly.
- 463. I think you're afraid
I won't get elected next time.
- 464. No girl wants to be married to a has-been.
- 465. - Well, we've got that established.
- And I'm sleepy.
- 466. Are you sleepy?
- 467. Will the committee come to order, please?
- 468. I'll ask the witness to take his place
at the witness table.
- 469. This hearing of the subcommittee of the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee...
- 470. is being held to consider the president's
nomination of Robert A. Leffingwell...
- 471. for secretary of state.
- 472. Mr. Leffingwell, I'm sure you know
all the members of the committee here.
- 473. Senator Cooley is not
a member of the subcommittee...
- 474. but the full committee voted
him permission to join us...
- 475. for the purposes of cross-examination.
- 476. I welcome Senator Cooley's
participation, Mr. Chairman.
- 477. If not wholeheartedly,
certainly without fear.
- 478. I commend your courage.
- 479. Frankly, the senator
scares the wits out of everybody else.
- 480. Would you please stand
and raise your right hand?
- 481. Do you swear that the statements
you are about to give this committee...
- 482. will be the truth, the whole truth
and nothing but the truth, so help you God?
- 483. - Yes, sir, I do.
- Thank you.
- 484. - Sorry, Brig.
- Not at all, Fred.
- 485. I'm particularly interested
in this hearing.
- 486. I hope Mr. Leffingwell obtains
swift approval from this committee.
- 487. I thank the senator for his comments.
- 488. Mr. Leffingwell, I'm sure you have
a statement to make...
- 489. before the interrogation begins.
- 490. Mr. Chairman, I believe I might serve this
committee best by answering its questions.
- 491. As you wish.
- 492. Senator Knox, would you like to begin?
- 493. Don't you feel we're worth the effort
of an opening statement?
- 494. I'm only being practical, senator.
- 495. Well, then I too shall be practical,
- 496. Are you loyal to the United States?
- 497. I don't mind admitting
that I'm loyal to the United States.
- 498. But it wasn't an idle question,
- 499. I've had some complaints against things
you've said in some of your speeches...
- 500. about our relations
with the communists.
- 501. Some go so far as to say
you're not loyal.
- 502. - There's no foundation for that, senator.
- I have a quote from one of your speeches.
- 503. "We must not bind ourselves
to outworn principles of the past...
- 504. when we find those principles standing in
the way of affirmative action for peace."
- 505. - What does that mean?
- The past shouldn't lie too heavily...
- 506. upon our present efforts
to achieve world stability.
- 507. You say "outworn principles of the past."
- 508. Well, what principles
did you have in mind?
- 509. I meant more a state of mind.
Perhaps the word "principle"...
- 510. was not a good choice.
Orrin, is that speech you got there...
- 511. about defense mobilization?
No, foreign policy.
- 512. Mr. Chairman, the witness is the director
of the Office of Defense Mobilization.
- 513. What's he doing making speeches
about foreign policy?
- 514. You reckon he was bucking
for the job of secretary of state?
- 515. I responded to an invitation
from the Chamber of Commerce of Chicago.
- 516. The topic they gave me
to speak on was foreign policy.
- 517. I've seen men angling
for high office, Mr. Chairman.
- 518. That's the way they do it. They make
speeches. They flaunt themselves.
- 519. - That's how they do it. Yes, sir.
- In fact, Mr. Leffingwell...
- 520. this was only one of a series of
speeches on foreign policy, wasn't it?
- 521. Yes, sir, that's true.
- 522. He made speeches. So what?
- 523. We all make speeches.
- 524. Mr. Leffingwell, you said you merely
meant to suggest a state of mind...
- 525. This is a cute committee here.
- 526. Do you think it's wrong to suspect
the good faith of the communists...
- 527. after four decades of dishonor?
- 528. All things change.
It wouldn't hurt to assume at times...
- 529. a desire for peace from the communists.
- 530. On what basis?
These pious, hopeful men, Mr. Chairman.
- 531. These wool-gathering optimists.
- 532. Mr. Chairman, can't we get along
without this kind of questioning?
- 533. At the risk of seeming discourteous to the
distinguished senator from South Carolina...
- 534. I'll remind him he's here
at the sufferance of the committee.
- 535. I thank the esteemed chairman
for his courteous chastisement.
- 536. Mr. Leffingwell, do I understand
you wish to placate the communists?
- 537. Not placate. But neither do I want to kill
any chance of agreement before it starts.
- 538. In an agreement, what terms
do you think would be valid?
- 539. I can't answer that
without given circumstances.
- 540. - Will the senator yield?
- If the senator will be brief.
- 541. The senator wouldn't want me
to be too brief...
- 542. where the fate of my country
- 543. Why are you afraid to tell us what terms
you'd make with the communists?
- 544. - I just explained to Senator Knox...
- You're evading.
- 545. We want to know what you intend
to give away to the communists.
- 546. - I don't intend to give anything away.
- Why won't you tell us what your terms are?
- 547. Are you ashamed to disclose these terms?
- 548. I have nothing to be ashamed of,
and you know it.
- 549. He is not responding, Mr. Chairman.
- 550. This man is hiding something.
- 551. Senator Knox, reclaim the floor.
This is getting us nowhere.
- 552. I resent the chair's arbitrary attempt
to silence cross-examination...
- 553. that'll show this man's true intent.
- 554. It is common knowledge that no one,
nowhere, and at no time...
- 555. has been able to silence the
distinguished senator from South Carolina.
- 556. Well, sir, I might say the chairman's
doing a pretty good job of it right now.
- 557. If you feel the witness is hiding something,
would you care to make a formal charge?
- 558. Well, now, that'll just upset everybody.
- 559. I'll just turn the floor back
to Senator Knox.
- 560. No more right now, Mr. Chairman.
- 561. - Senator Velez?
- Mr. Leffingwell...
- 562. what associations did you have when
teaching at the University of Chicago?
- 563. The usual campus associations.
Other teachers, students.
- 564. I have here a telegram
from someone named Gelman...
- 565. who claims to have known you
at the university.
- 566. Do you recognize the name?
- 567. I don't think so, but that was quite
a few years ago, senator.
- 568. Well, he says you associated
with left-wingers and communists.
- 569. Is there anything to that, Mr. Leffingwell?
- 570. I'd like to know what
Mr. Gelman means by...
- 571. "left-wingers" or "communists." Those
terms are used carelessly by some people.
- 572. Will Mr. Gelman be called to testify?
- 573. I'm unable to find Mr. Gelman.
- 574. Senator, I don't know what to say,
except the telegram is from some crank.
- 575. - Senator from Hawaii.
- Just a hypothetical question.
- 576. If the communists demand
we yield certain strategic positions...
- 577. what would you recommend?
We reject any such demand.
- 578. Even if it meant war?
- 579. That's an unlikely hypothesis if we retain
our present power of retaliation.
- 580. Say it did happen.
- 581. Would you recommend
a preventive attack?
- 582. Hit the enemy before they hit us?
- 583. No, I wouldn't recommend a preventive
attack. I would first try to bargain...
- 584. try to agree to some of their demands
if they'd agree to some of ours.
- 585. With the senator's permission, I'd like
to make a little speech to the witness.
- 586. Mr. Witness, I'd rather go out of this
world standing on my two hind legs...
- 587. fighting like a man for things I believe
in, than to yield and concede and crawl...
- 588. till there was nothing left
of our freedoms and way of life...
- 589. but a handful of lost dreams
and a fistful of dry dust.
- 590. Mr. Chairman, it's mighty comforting
to know that all the folks out there...
- 591. aren't being took in
by this appeasement talk.
- 592. Mr. Chairman, a little while ago,
Senator Knox asked me to define...
- 593. what I meant by "outworn principles."
- 594. Senator Cooley has obliged
with a perfect illustration.
- 595. He speaks of standing on his hind legs,
fighting like a man...
- 596. as if war were still some rousing charge
up San Juan Hill...
- 597. with flags flying and bugles sounding.
- 598. It's this kind of 19th-century notion
I was talking about.
- 599. This "don't tread on me,"
"walk softly and carry a big stick"...
- 600. "damn the torpedoes,"
"full speed ahead" state of mind.
- 601. Senator Cooley's state of mind.
- 602. It seems to me that the senator from
South Carolina was speaking out of pride.
- 603. Do you think we should discontinue pride
in our freedoms and our way of life?
- 604. I believe it's dangerous to negotiate
survival with pride determining our attitude.
- 605. I wonder if there isn't good sense
in what Senator Cooley said.
- 606. I wonder if we can't become too equivocal.
- 607. I wonder if we can't reason away,
in the name of survival...
- 608. everything worth surviving for.
- 609. That's a hard line to walk, but we have
no choice but to try and walk it.
- 610. I'm sorry to say we can't always know
where we're going.
- 611. As long as we know
where we're not going.
- 612. Any questions, Senator Hendershot?
- 613. You're what they call an egghead,
aren't you, Mr. Witness?
- 614. I'm not only an egghead, senator,
I'm a premeditated egghead.
- 615. I set out to become an egghead,
and at this moment...
- 616. I'm in full flower of eggheadedness.
- 617. I hope to shed pollen wherever I go.
- 618. If there are no objections, we can leave
them laughing while we have lunch.
- 619. We'll take it up again at 1:30,
- 620. Do you think the committee's
trying to smear you?
- 621. They're asking what they feel
- 622. Some questions
have been smear questions.
- 623. Right now my main emphasis
is getting lunch.
- 624. If he won't answer that question, I will.
- 625. The committee is being used
to smear Mr. Leffingwell.
- 626. - What about that, Mr. Leffingwell?
- The senator is entitled to his opinion.
- 627. Will you excuse me, please?
- 628. You don't like how this hearing
is being conducted, do you?
- 629. The chairman should stop
these irresponsible questions.
- 630. He doesn't want to.
They're out to crucify Mr. Leffingwell.
- 631. Senator, Senator Van Ackerman is accusing
the committee of using smear tactics.
- 632. Would you comment on this?
- 633. If the senator has any complaints to make,
he should write a letter to his congressman.
- 634. - Will you give Seab Cooley a free hand?
- Oh, come on.
- 635. Do you believe war can be avoided,
- 636. I believe it must be avoided. But I don't
think we can avoid it by rattling sabers.
- 637. That's all, Mr. Chairman.
- 638. Now, Mr. Leffingwell, it becomes necessary
to turn you over to the tender mercies...
- 639. of the senator from South Carolina. - I'm
girded for the occasion, Mr. Chairman.
- 640. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
I have no questions, Mr. Chairman.
- 641. Then I don't see any reason
why we can't adjourn the hearing.
- 642. If there are no objections.
- 643. Would the nominee mind staying with us
for just a smidgen longer?
- 644. I said I have no questions, Mr. Chairman.
But I have a witness I would like to call.
- 645. Call your witness, senator.
- 646. Herbert Gelman.
- 647. Will the photographers
withdraw to the sidelines, please?
- 648. - Are you Herbert Gelman?
- That's my name.
- 649. Raise your right hand, please.
- 650. Do you swear the testimony
you are about to give this committee...
- 651. will be the truth, the whole truth
and nothing but the truth, so help you God?
- 652. - Yes, sir, I swear.
- Take a seat, please.
- 653. Where do you live, Mr. Gelman?
- 654. At 2221 Grove Place Northeast,
here in Washington.
- 655. - Your occupation?
- I'm a clerk in the Treasury Department.
- 656. Did you send this telegram
to Senator Velez?
- 657. And, Mr. Gelman, would you mind
speaking just a little bit louder, please?
- 658. Yes. Yes.
- 659. Why didn't you include your address
so he could contact you?
- 660. - That was Senator Cooley's idea.
- What did Senator Cooley have to do with it?
- 661. He suggested that I send
a telegram to Senator Velez.
- 662. - Is this true, Senator Cooley?
- It is, Mr. Chairman.
- 663. Why didn't you tell us when
Senator Velez introduced the telegram?
- 664. I was just giving the nominee
enough rope to hang himself.
- 665. I resent being used as a cat's-paw
by the senator from South Carolina.
- 666. I apologize to the senator from New Mexico.
- 667. The senator will forgive me when he hears
what this new witness has to say.
- 668. Do you know Robert Leffingwell,
- 669. - Yes, sir.
- 670. Well, not intimately.
- 671. Well, how? On sight or how?
- 672. Well, closer than that.
- 673. I worked for the Federal Power Commission
when he was chairman.
- 674. In his office?
- 675. No, sir, at a subsidiary agency.
- 676. But I knew him before then in Chicago.
- 677. I was in one of his classes
at the university.
- 678. I see. Does he know you?
- 679. He ought to.
- 680. He fired me from
the Federal Power Agency.
- 681. - For what reason were you fired?
- He wanted me out of the agency.
- 682. - I knew too much.
- About what?
- 683. About him.
- 684. What do you know about him?
- 685. He's a communist.
- 686. The nominee has
a right to cross-examine.
- 687. I was about to ask, Mr. Leffingwell,
if you'd like to cross-examine as we go.
- 688. Thank you, but I'll wait
till he's finished.
- 689. Senator Cooley, he's all yours.
- 690. Now, sir, Mr. Herbert Gelman.
- 691. Will you please tell the committee
how you happened to be here.
- 692. I came to you about Mr. Leffingwell.
- 693. Now I want you to tell the committee,
and the nation...
- 694. what you told me in my office.
- 695. Yes, sir.
- 696. When I was going
to the University of Chicago...
- 697. I lived at 2714 Carpenter Street.
- 698. I got to know a man, who also had
a room there, named Max Bukowski.
- 699. - And he...
- How do you spell that name, Mr. Gelman?
- 700. B-U-K-O-W-S-K-I.
- 701. Would you continue, please?
- 702. Bukowski invited me...
- 703. to sit in on
political discussions in his room.
- 704. I went to several of these discussions...
- 705. before I realized I was getting involved
in a communist cell, and I dropped out.
- 706. Who was in this communist cell?
- 707. Bukowski was the leader.
- 708. There was a man named James Morton.
- 709. And then there was
Mr. Robert Leffingwell.
- 710. You knew Mr. Leffingwell.
- 711. Well, like I said, I was in one
of his classes at the university.
- 712. Now I'll ask you to tell the committee
what was discussed at these meetings...
- 713. but I want to tell the committee
that I in no way coached this witness.
- 714. The words that he uses
are his own words.
- 715. Mr. Gelman.
- 716. Max Bukowski was a dogmatic Marxist.
- 717. He didn't feel that communism would come
to America without violent revolution.
- 718. But James Morton and Mr. Leffingwell
felt that communism...
- 719. would come as a result of the erosion
of our form of government.
- 720. I remember James Morton saying
that our principles would become outworn.
- 721. Now, it seems to me we've heard
that from somebody else today.
- 722. Not mentioning any names, of course.
- 723. Brig, we'll want verification
of this man's story.
- 724. - I thank the senator for pointing that out.
- Someone's got to point it out.
- 725. I'd advise you to demand verification.
- 726. I thank the senator for his advice.
- 727. Would the senator care to sit
with the committee?
- 728. Are you trying to choke me off, Brig?
- 729. Not at all, Fred.
- 730. Continue, please.
- 731. Now, Mr. Gelman, you told me something
about names in this communist cell.
- 732. Yes. Nobody used their right name.
- 733. Mr. Leffingwell was called Walker.
- 734. Bukowski was called Fitzgerald.
- 735. I never learned
James Morton's real name.
- 736. And they tried to give me
the name of Andrews.
- 737. About that time, I quit.
- 738. What happened when you quit?
- 739. Mr. Leffingwell failed me in his class
on government administration.
- 740. Why didn't you report all this
to the university authorities?
- 741. - I was afraid.
- And you're not afraid now.
- 742. Yes, I'm afraid.
- 743. But I couldn't stand by
and see a man like Mr. Leffingwell...
- 744. get into a position of power
as secretary of state.
- 745. - Can you corroborate this, Mr. Gelman?
- The man's an eyewitness, under oath.
- 746. - I'm not lying!
- I didn't say you were lying.
- 747. Where can we find Max Bukowski
and James Morton?
- 748. Bukowski's dead.
I never saw James Morton again.
- 749. Maybe Mr. Robert A. Leffingwell
can help us to locate this James Morton.
- 750. Would the committee grant me one hour
to prepare an answer to this testimony?
- 751. If he can defend himself,
let him do it right now.
- 752. The committee will extend
this courtesy to the nominee.
- 753. We'll stand recessed until 3:30.
- 754. Seab, you don't believe
that tale yourself. Come on.
- 755. Anyway, I'm rocking the boat.
- 756. He's going to cut Gelman up
four ways from Sunday.
- 757. And I'm going to pick off just enough votes
to push him into office.
- 758. What about that, you old buzzard?
- 759. Us old buzzards can see a mouse dying
from 10,000 feet up.
- 760. Us old buzzards have
the sharpest eyes in creation.
- 761. Right now, I'm studying the terrain.
- 762. Thank you.
- 763. Led by questions from Senator Brigham
Anderson, the witness flatly stated...
- 764. that Robert Leffingwell
was a communist.
- 765. He claimed he had once been
in a communist cell with Leffingwell.
- 766. Leff, how are you? Come in.
- 767. Daddy, George is hiding my new record.
- 768. - I haven't even seen her old album.
- He has seen it. He's got it, Daddy.
- 769. Kids, go in there and behave
or I'm gonna tell Mother.
- 770. Leffingwell seemed to be
- 771. Leff, I've been watching
the whole awful business on television.
- 772. - Sit down.
- 773. when I go back to the hearing,
I'll tell them the whole story.
- 774. Chicago, Gelman, everything.
- 775. You're bound to come into it.
Might be better if you're there with me.
- 776. We can make them understand
how it really was.
- 777. Make who understand?
- 778. - Who would even want to understand?
- We've got nothing to lose by trying.
- 779. - Nothing to lose?
- I'm under oath, Hardiman.
- 780. I know you're under oath,
but wait a minute here.
- 781. I've got a family to feed.
- 782. Leff, look, if we do what you want,
we'll not only be through in government...
- 783. we'll never even get
a job teaching again.
- 784. You know what happens when
these red-baiting newspapers get the scent.
- 785. - I know that, but what can I do?
- Withdraw. Don't go back to the hearing.
- 786. That would be the worst
admission of guilt.
- 787. There'd be a Senate investigation
in 24 hours. We'd be in the same spot.
- 788. All right.
- 789. Tell me this:
What do you owe these politicians?
- 790. Nothing.
- 791. They let that old megalomaniac Cooley bring
a half-witted clerk to testify against you.
- 792. I know you're a man of principle. I admire you
for it, but it's no time to go by the book.
- 793. - I don't know.
- You have to. You're putting...
- 794. your head on a chopping block
and mine with it.
- 795. Look, you talk about being under oath.
- 796. What about Gelman?
His testimony was shot with lies.
- 797. He was never in one of your classes
at the university.
- 798. Destroy him. It's easy for you, Leff.
- 799. Will the chair please administer the oath
to Mr. Lewis Newborne...
- 800. of the Federal Power Commission.
- 801. Would you stand and raise
your right hand, please?
- 802. Do you swear the testimony
you're about to give this committee...
- 803. will be the truth, the whole truth,
and nothing but the truth?
- 804. - I do.
- Thank you. You may be seated.
- 805. First, Mr. Chairman, let me say
that I do know Herbert Gelman.
- 806. Looks like we might've smoked us out
a possum, Mr. Chairman.
- 807. Afraid there'll be no possum stew
in the old Cooley pot tonight, senator.
- 808. I realized I knew Herbert Gelman
only after I'd heard his testimony.
- 809. - May I question Mr. Gelman?
- By all means.
- 810. Mr. Gelman.
- 811. Before being detached
from the Power Commission...
- 812. you'd been ill a long while, correct?
I was in a tuberculosis sanitarium.
- 813. - Tuberculosis sanitarium?
- You know that, Mr. Leffingwell.
- 814. You fired me when I tried
to come back to work.
- 815. Can you tell us the name
of this tuberculosis sanitarium?
- 816. - The name?
- Yes, the name. It had a name, didn't it?
- 817. The name. I can't think of the name.
- 818. It was in the country, in Maryland.
- 819. Mr. Newborne, do you know
- 820. Oh, yes. I was his immediate superior
in the Federal Power Agency.
- 821. Tell the committee the true cause
of Mr. Gelman's illness.
- 822. It wasn't tuberculosis. Herbert...
Mr. Gelman had a mental breakdown.
- 823. And the sanitarium was the Elm Grove
Rest Home right outside of Baltimore.
- 824. What happened
when he came back to work?
- 825. He seemed, well, kind of shaky.
He couldn't seem to get a hold of the job.
- 826. I went to Mr. Leffingwell, and I told him
that I wanted to let Gelman go.
- 827. Mr. Leffingwell said he'd try
and find him another job.
- 828. A few days later, on Mr. Leffingwell's
instructions, I discharged Gelman...
- 829. and recommended that he apply
to the Department of the Treasury.
- 830. He made an application,
and he went to work over there.
- 831. This, Mr. Chairman, is the sum total
of my knowledge of Herbert Gelman...
- 832. except I telephoned
the University of Chicago...
- 833. to find out if he'd ever been
a student of mine.
- 834. The registrar said Gelman
had been at the university...
- 835. but there was no record
of his attending my classes.
- 836. This will be confirmed by telegram
from the registrar to the committee.
- 837. What do you have to say
to this, Mr. Gelman?
- 838. I thought...
- 839. I thought it was my duty as a citizen
to come here, expose Mr. Leffingwell.
- 840. You will receive another telegram. This one
from the city planning office of Chicago.
- 841. Seems this address,
2714 Carpenter Street...
- 842. where this communist cell practiced its
mumbo jumbo, according to Mr. Gelman...
- 843. This address has been a fire station
for more than 50 years.
- 844. Did you have a mental breakdown,
- 845. Do you still insist you were fired by Mr.
Leffingwell because you knew too much?
- 846. I didn't know that he got me the job
in the Treasury Department.
- 847. Could you have been mistaken about being
in his classes in the university?
- 848. I don't know.
- 849. And what about 2714 Carpenter Street?
- 850. Well, it might not be the right number.
- 851. I may not remember for sure.
- 852. Perhaps you don't remember
other things for sure.
- 853. Well, if I did, would anybody believe me?
- 854. I think we can let this witness go.
- 855. Thank you, Mr. Gelman.
- 856. I said you could go, Mr. Gelman.
- 857. This committee owes you an apology,
- 858. Perhaps Senator Cooley
would like to join us in that?
- 859. I'm not joining anybody in anything.
- 860. Senator Cooley wants a transcript of this
hearing at the earliest possible moment.
- 861. The committee owes me no apology, Mr.
Chairman, nor do they owe me approval.
- 862. Win, lose, or draw I shall continue to
serve my country when and wherever I can.
- 863. - Good afternoon.
- Yes, sir?
- 864. Why, I'd surely be obliged if I could see
the employment record...
- 865. of Mr. Herbert Gelman.
- 866. I'm sorry, sir, but employment records
are privileged information.
- 867. You might say that I am privileged.
I'm Senator Cooley.
- 868. You're a mighty pretty gal,
yes, ma'am. Mighty pretty.
- 869. I'm not entirely sure in which section
of this building Mr. Gelman works.
- 870. Mr. Leffingwell.
- 871. Well, Leff.
- 872. - Congratulations.
- I appreciate your arranging...
- 873. to see me so quickly.
I know how busy you are.
- 874. Glad you called.
I wanted to see you. Sit down.
- 875. Bobby thinks the committee
will go four-to-one in your favor.
- 876. He has enough votes sewed up
to get you through on the floor.
- 877. So it looks like you're in.
How'd you like a drink, Mr. Secretary?
- 878. Mr. President, I'm not in,
and I'm not going to be in.
- 879. - Yes, sir.
- What are you talking about?
- 880. - Yes, sir.
- Nothing! Sorry.
- 881. Mr. President, I want you
to withdraw my nomination.
- 882. I lied at the hearing.
- 883. I knew Herbert Gelman.
I knew him in Chicago.
- 884. I knew him at those meetings.
- 885. They were communist meetings,
- 886. I was never a party member,
but I was young, looking for a cause.
- 887. Didn't take long to discover
that wasn't it, and I dropped out.
- 888. Please believe that,
Mr. President. It's true.
- 889. But I am guilty of one bad error.
- 890. I gave Herbert Gelman a job
to keep him from talking.
- 891. When I saw Gelman in the courtroom, I knew
Cooley had me set up for the witch-hunters.
- 892. I wish I could tell you I'm sorry I lied.
- 893. I'm only sorry I had to lie.
- 894. Anybody else know you lied?
- 895. One person. Hardiman Fletcher.
- 896. - Fletcher of the Treasury Department?
- 897. Will he talk?
- 898. No. Fletcher was the third man
- 899. He was James Morton.
- 900. - Hello, senator.
- Well, Mr. Fletcher...
- 901. I surely do appreciate you keeping
this little rendezvous.
- 902. Who are we hiding from,
senator, and why?
- 903. I thought us meeting by this fine old
monument might have a salutary effect...
- 904. on our conversation. It was George
Washington who couldn't tell a lie...
- 905. wasn't it, Mr. Fletcher?
- 906. I sometimes forget my schoolboy history.
Shall we take a little walk?
- 907. A thought came to me, Mr. Fletcher.
Not like a bolt from the blue.
- 908. More insinuating,
like a soft breeze off the river.
- 909. I thought, "Why did Robert A. Leffingwell
have Herbert Gelman...
- 910. apply to the Treasury Department
for a job?
- 911. Why didn't he send him
through civil service for a job?"
- 912. - Are you asking me a question?
- Not yet, Mr. Fletcher.
- 913. I gallivanted over to
the Treasury Department this afternoon...
- 914. and I sort of looked up
Herbert Gelman's record.
- 915. And I discovered that you approved
- 916. Personally approved it.
- 917. - Senator, get to the point.
- The point is, I was gonna give you a break.
- 918. Looks like you see fit to turn down
my Southern generosity.
- 919. - Senator Cooley, I'm a loyal citizen. I...
- I didn't say you weren't.
- 920. But I might have to start an investigation
to prove you're loyal, Mr. Fletcher.
- 921. Mr. James Morton.
- 922. What is this...
- 923. break you were gonna give me?
- 924. Make a telephone call to Brigham Anderson,
offer him a small confession...
- 925. not mentioning I had anything to do with
it, just made out of your own conscience.
- 926. What happens then?
- 927. Natural course will be followed
to protect the president and our party.
- 928. Your confidence won't be betrayed,
- 929. And you'll have done a noble duty, sir.
Yes, sir, noble.
- 930. - Senator Knox?
- Oh, thank you.
- 931. Senators, looks like
we won't be voting today.
- 932. It's from Brig. He's postponed it.
- 933. For what reason?
- 934. He doesn't say.
- 935. Are you sure it was Fletcher
who called you?
- 936. I made sure.
- 937. I called him back at his home.
- 938. Has he told this to anyone but you?
- 939. He said not.
- 940. Why in hell did he open
up this can of beans?
- 941. He felt he should do the right thing.
- 942. Nuts. He's protecting himself.
- 943. Bess, get through to the
president at Camp David.
- 944. Tell his secretary I want him next.
- 945. I don't care who's ahead of me.
The queen of England.
- 946. And it is not enough that the subcommittee
has permitted a great man to be smeared.
- 947. Now the chairman of that subcommittee is
deliberately blocking the committee vote.
- 948. It's one more thing to add to the most
unfair hearing in the history of the Senate.
- 949. Sir, will the senator
yield for a question?
- 950. - Will the senator yield for a question?
- I'll yield to the senator.
- 951. Mr. President, I admit I'm not
a supporter of Mr. Leffingwell...
- 952. but I watched the hearing on TV,
and it seemed eminently fair to me.
- 953. Mr. President, I'm sorry if the senator was
not perceptive enough to grasp the obvious.
- 954. I am telling the Senate
exactly what happened.
- 955. As much as I appreciate hearing about
the senator's particular view...
- 956. I must say I will need more substantial
proof than the senator's own description.
- 957. Sir, is the senator calling me a liar?
- 958. The record must stand as is,
- 959. How the senator interprets that
is his problem, not mine.
- 960. Mr. President, the senator from Kansas
is welcome to take advantage of her sex.
- 961. Oh, Fred, come off it.
- 962. You think it's funny?
- 963. You think the world thinks it's funny?
- 964. The world thinks it's funny that we're
trying to smear a man who believes in peace?
- 965. Do you think the people of this
country think it's funny?
- 966. Does the senator from Utah
think it's funny?
- 967. Will the senator from Utah tell us
why he is blocking the vote?
- 968. I'll tell you. He's assassinating the character
and reputation of Robert Leffingwell!
- 969. The senator asks me a question
and answers it himself.
- 970. I prefer to make my own
reply, Mr. President.
- 971. As chairman of the subcommittee,
I seek only to do my duty.
- 972. And that I will do despite the hysterical
tantrums of the senator from Wyoming.
- 973. The senator is frightening no one except
the children in the visitors' gallery.
- 974. I'm not too sure the senator
from Utah can't be frightened.
- 975. There are ways to frighten any man,
even the senator from Utah.
- 976. - Every man has his Achilles...
- The chair is tolerant, as everybody knows.
- 977. But there'll be no threats
made in this chamber.
- 978. - What happened to Harley?
- I don't know.
- 979. I apologize to the chair.
- 980. In my anxiety for a great cause,
I was carried away.
- 981. - Will the chair hear a motion?
- Make your motion.
- 982. I move that the Committee on
Foreign Relations be discharged...
- 983. from consideration of the nominee
for secretary of state...
- 984. and that the Senate vote on
Robert Leffingwell now.
- 985. - Did he clear this with you?
- He did not.
- 986. Bob, I can't let this pass.
I'm gonna have to open up.
- 987. I'll try and stop it.
- 988. Make Van Ackerman withdraw the motion.
Tell him we haven't enough votes.
- 989. - Mr. President.
- The senior senator from Michigan.
- 990. Mr. President...
- 991. it would certainly be a dramatic
affirmation of the nominee...
- 992. if we were to bypass
the regular procedures...
- 993. of the Senate
and vote him into office now...
- 994. I won't withdraw.
He should make a motion himself.
- 995. The balance of power in our government,
as created by the Constitution...
- 996. is the most brilliant device for the
protection of liberty conceived by free men...
- 997. We're not ready for this, Fred.
Don't you understand?
- 998. I'm ready for it.
- 999. That none can become absolute has made
this government the miracle of the ages.
- 1000. We must always guard this balance...
- 1001. so this great dream of liberty within
discipline, which is America, will die.
- 1002. I tell you, we haven't got the votes.
- 1003. You'll get him beat before we
get him out of committee.
- 1004. Citizens of this republic
for almost two centuries.
- 1005. Now Senator Van Ackerman's motion
proposes to ride over those procedures.
- 1006. Though I hope for the eventual
confirmation of the nominee...
- 1007. I ask that this motion be defeated.
- 1008. It won't hurt Mr. Leffingwell
if he isn't confirmed...
- 1009. by sundown today
or even sundown tomorrow.
- 1010. But it might hurt us most grievously
if we do what suits us...
- 1011. in the heat and passion
of the passing moment.
- 1012. Is there a request for the yeas and nays?
- 1013. Squarehead Anderson can't block this.
- 1014. Senators, do I hear a request for the
yeas and nays? A quorum, maybe?
- 1015. What got your tongue today?
You're usually shaking the rafters.
- 1016. It's my day for sunning myself, Mr. Majority
Leader, like an old bullfrog on a lily pad.
- 1017. - You've got to withdraw.
- Does anybody want to say anything at all?
- 1018. - Mr. President.
- Saved by the senator from Wyoming.
- 1019. Mr. President, I have decided to heed the
wisdom of the esteemed majority leader...
- 1020. who has pointed out
the danger in my motion.
- 1021. I would not wish to abuse
this citadel of freedom.
- 1022. I will instead humble myself
before my peers and withdraw the...
- 1023. This news about Leffingwell
hit the president pretty hard.
- 1024. - He put a lot of faith in him.
- I'm sorry.
- 1025. He's coming to the correspondents'
banquet tonight. You going?
- 1026. I plan to.
- 1027. He'd like to see you, Brig.
Would you come up to my place afterwards?
- 1028. What can I tell him I haven't told you?
All he has to do is withdraw the man.
- 1029. Did I eat crow nicely, Bob?
- 1030. Yeah, you did fine, Fred.
Thanks for your cooperation.
- 1031. Is Brig cooperating?
- 1032. Any time old Brig isn't cooperating,
I might be able to change his mind.
- 1033. Just let me know.
- 1034. Get off my back, Fred.
- 1035. Bob, see you a minute?
- 1036. Okay for after the banquet, Brig?
- 1037. Sure, all right.
- 1038. I said you made a mistake
with him. He's trouble.
- 1039. Fred, will you please butt out of this?
You're not doing Leffingwell any good.
- 1040. Okay, but if you want Brig whipped
into line, I've got the whip on file.
- 1041. I'm sure we can manage
without your file.
- 1042. Gentlemen, tonight is the one night
in the year when we're honor-bound...
- 1043. not to be reporters.
- 1044. Our guests may speak freely...
- 1045. and not have to read a hundred versions
of what they said in the morning papers.
- 1046. So with that assurance, I give you
the president of the United States.
- 1047. Fellow members of the White House
- 1048. the man says there are
no reporters present tonight...
- 1049. but I'm going to exercise the privilege
given me by my gold membership card...
- 1050. and reverse that traditional ruling.
- 1051. Tonight, gentlemen,
there are reporters present.
- 1052. So get out your pencils.
We'll write ourselves a story.
- 1053. - This planned?
- Not by me.
- 1054. I see down there at table number three
the senior senator from South Carolina.
- 1055. Hello, Seab.
- 1056. And over there at table seven...
- 1057. I see the senator from Utah,
- 1058. Hi, Brigham.
- 1059. I said, hi, Brigham.
- 1060. Now, a few days ago,
the president of the United States...
- 1061. nominated a man
for secretary of state...
- 1062. who the president thinks
is a pretty good man...
- 1063. and he wants that man
confirmed by the Senate.
- 1064. But the senior senator from
South Carolina, for reasons of his own...
- 1065. and those reasons are never
like anybody else's reasons...
- 1066. the senator's opposed to my nominee.
- 1067. Well, everybody expected that.
- 1068. We'd all be disappointed
if Seab hadn't reared back...
- 1069. and huffed and puffed,
and tried to blow the house down.
- 1070. But now comes
Senator Brigham Anderson...
- 1071. who nobody suspected
of being a big, bad wolf.
- 1072. And he goes Seab Cooley one better by
trying to dig a tunnel under the house.
- 1073. This is your story, fellow members of the
White House Correspondents' Association.
- 1074. The president is standing by his nominee.
- 1075. Despite Seab Cooley's windstorms
and Brigham Anderson's tunneling...
- 1076. you can tell the readers the president
hasn't changed his mind about his nominee.
- 1077. He's going to fight for that
confirmation no matter what.
- 1078. What are you clapping for?
- 1079. I can afford to be charitable, sir.
- 1080. Mr. President.
- 1081. Sore at me, Brigham?
- 1082. Frankly, I'm puzzled, Mr. President.
- 1083. There's coffee and brandy here if you want.
I'll go down to the banquet room.
- 1084. - If it's okay, I'd rather have you stay.
- What's the matter, Brigham?
- 1085. You think you need a witness?
- 1086. I'm not sure, Mr. President.
- 1087. You'd better stay, Bobby.
- 1088. I have a feeling I might need
some help with this young man.
- 1089. Of course you know I'm grateful,
the way you put the lid on this matter.
- 1090. I didn't get that impression tonight.
- 1091. Well, a president has to stand up for a man
he sends down to Senate. You know that.
- 1092. It seems to me, the sooner you withdraw
him, the sooner this will blow over.
- 1093. I still want him, Brigham.
- 1094. If we open this up, he won't be confirmed.
I'm sure Senator Munson told you that.
- 1095. If we don't open it up, we've got enough
votes committed to put him through.
- 1096. I've gone as far as I can
with this, Mr. President.
- 1097. I think the circumstances might
permit you to go a little further.
- 1098. You don't seriously believe
Leffingwell's a communist, do you?
- 1099. Whether he is or not, he lied under oath.
- 1100. Aren't you interested in why he lied?
- 1101. Well, I'm not completely unsympathetic,
but I just think that...
- 1102. You think he should let himself
- 1103. just because he flirted with
communism a long time ago?
- 1104. My point is he should've
told the committee...
- 1105. he had flirted with communism
instead of lying.
- 1106. Well, maybe there's nothing in your
young life you'd like to conceal...
- 1107. but we're not all of us that fortunate.
- 1108. We have to make the best of our mistakes.
That's all Leffingwell has done.
- 1109. As the leader of our party, I'm asking you.
Let me judge the man.
- 1110. Mr. President, I don't want
to wreck his life.
- 1111. I don't want to deprive you
of his services in some other office.
- 1112. But in this case, his confirmation
as secretary of state...
- 1113. I am bound by my duty
to my committee.
- 1114. You also owe a duty to your party.
- 1115. I can't subvert the purpose
of a Senate committee.
- 1116. You don't think Cooley subverted
the purpose of the committee?
- 1117. He's used his little forum
in a personal vendetta.
- 1118. Mr. President, I'm sorry, but your
arguments won't wash with me.
- 1119. My prestige is riding on this nomination.
- 1120. Prestige of this country, Senator Anderson.
By God, that ought to wash.
- 1121. Or don't you know we're in trouble
in the world...
- 1122. outside that little
subcommittee of yours?
- 1123. Yes, sir, I know our
prestige will suffer...
- 1124. but it will suffer a lot more if I have
to show up your nominee as a barefaced liar.
- 1125. If you won't withdraw him, I'll reopen
and call Hardiman Fletcher as a witness.
- 1126. Then do it. Do what you like.
I won't withdraw.
- 1127. - Good night, Bobby.
- Good night, Mr. President.
- 1128. He has a case, Brig.
- 1129. You can't always cut it black or white.
Not in these times.
- 1130. But this is black and white.
- 1131. I just don't understand you. You make a
great speech about the balance of power...
- 1132. then you ignore your responsibility...
- 1133. and want me to rubber-stamp this
nomination just to please the president.
- 1134. I guess it is inconsistent...
- 1135. but I've come a long way with him, ever
since we were green congressmen together.
- 1136. He's pulled us through
six hard years of crisis.
- 1137. He's tired, Brig, and he's ill.
- 1138. I love the man.
- 1139. I guess I can stretch
my responsibility a little.
- 1140. Love to help him.
- 1141. I'm sorry, but mine won't stretch.
- 1142. All right. Give him a few days to save face,
and then we'll put up another nominee.
- 1143. That isn't what the president said.
- 1144. He'll bend if he has to.
- 1145. And I guess he has to.
- 1146. Brig?
- 1147. Did I wake you? I'm sorry.
- 1148. I was waiting for you.
- 1149. This was a night, Mrs. Anderson.
- 1150. Your husband had a knockdown-and-dragout
with the president of the United States.
- 1151. - Oh, Brig.
- It's all right. I won.
- 1152. I had a very strange phone call, Brig.
- 1153. Strange? Well, who was it?
- 1154. I don't know. A man.
- 1155. He said that before you go on
with the Leffingwell matter...
- 1156. you ought to remember
what happened in Hawaii.
- 1157. Then he hung up.
- 1158. What happened in Hawaii, Brig?
- 1159. What was the voice like?
- 1160. It was crawly. He made it sound like
he knew some kind of nasty secret.
- 1161. I've been on the front pages the past few
days. We're bound to get crackpot calls.
- 1162. Just hang up if you get any more.
- 1163. Are you sure you're doing
the right thing, Brig?
- 1164. Yes, darling, I'm sure.
Don't worry about it.
- 1165. What did he mean about Hawaii?
- 1166. I was stationed there
when I was in the Army.
- 1167. I don't see what that
has to do with Leffingwell.
- 1168. Just some crackpot, darling, that's all.
- 1169. - Hello?
- Did you speak to your husband?
- 1170. - What do you want? Who are you?
- We're serious about this.
- 1171. - You call here one...
- 1172. Hello?
- 1173. - I told you to hang up on those calls.
- Brig, I'm frightened.
- 1174. Now, look, there is nothing to be
frightened of, Ellen. Nothing!
- 1175. Come on, let's have some breakfast.
- 1176. The senator handling the inland waterways
bill can't be present this afternoon.
- 1177. If the senator from Michigan will agree...
- 1178. I would like to ask that nothing
be put ahead of this bill.
- 1179. Since the afternoon is
an extremely busy one...
- 1180. When is the president going to withdraw?
- 1181. You can't hurry him, Brig. After all,
we don't run that end of the avenue.
- 1182. I am very glad to accommodate
the senator, Mr. President.
- 1183. I move we stand in recess
until noon tomorrow.
- 1184. Without objection, so ordered.
- 1185. Have you seen him?
- 1186. He's on a destroyer at Chesapeake Bay
for the naval boat race.
- 1187. Come on, don't look so worried.
After all, you won your point last night.
- 1188. Have a cup of coffee with me.
- 1189. No, thanks.
- 1190. Early recess, senator?
- 1191. Hello, Seab.
- 1192. A man can live like a mole
in the halls of that old capitol.
- 1193. Me, I just sit out here for a while
most every day, winter or summer.
- 1194. You look like you've got
the burden, son. Sit down.
- 1195. You got them treed, haven't you? Look
out they don't shinny down on top of you.
- 1196. You're dealing with devious
men, senator. Yes, sir.
- 1197. Devious, powerful men.
- 1198. Hardiman Fletcher took a plane
to Europe this afternoon.
- 1199. A mission for the president.
- 1200. Gonna make a study
of world currency problems.
- 1201. You know that?
- 1202. Well, it'll be in the papers
- 1203. - Where do you come into this, Seab?
- 1204. let's just say you've got a friend.
A powerful, devious friend.
- 1205. Thanks.
- 1206. Thanks. I might need him.
- 1207. - Bob.
- Hi, Brig.
- 1208. - Change your mind?
- I just wanna verify something.
- 1209. Something about Hardiman Fletcher.
- 1210. Well, what about Hardiman Fletcher?
- 1211. Is this an act?
- 1212. - I don't know what you're talking about.
- Go now.
- 1213. I give you my word,
I don't know anything about it.
- 1214. I don't understand why
the president did this.
- 1215. All I can think of is he's making sure
you won't jump the gun until he's ready.
- 1216. Hello.
- 1217. Oh, yes, he's here.
- 1218. Who is this?
- 1219. Just a minute, please.
- 1220. Oh, Brig, there's a call for you.
- 1221. - For me?
- Yeah. It's your clerk.
- 1222. - Hello.
- Hello. Senator Anderson?
- 1223. - Who is this?
- Well, it's not your clerk.
- 1224. Don't hang up, senator. You'll be interested
in this. We have the stuff on Hawaii.
- 1225. If you don't want us to use it,
you'll get out of Leffingwell's way.
- 1226. This is no joke, senator. We'll use it.
- 1227. Use what? What? I don't know what...
- 1228. It's a photograph, senator. And a letter.
- 1229. Listen, I won't be scared off. I mean it.
- 1230. I won't carry this anymore.
I'll go to Senate and tell it all!
- 1231. - Take it easy. What's the matter?
- He withdraws!
- 1232. I don't mean tomorrow! I don't mean next
week! Today, you understand? Today!
- 1233. Brig.
- 1234. Will you come in, Miss Foster?
- 1235. There was a man about five or six weeks
ago. His name was Raymond Shaff.
- 1236. "Ray," he probably said. I didn't want to
talk to him. Do you remember?
- 1237. Yes. He called several times.
He also came to the office.
- 1238. - Did he leave a number?
- I think so.
- 1239. Senator?
- 1240. Yes, Miss Foster?
- 1241. I have no telephone number, but I
have an address in New York City.
- 1242. Thank you. Would you just
put it on my desk, please?
- 1243. - Then why send Fletcher away?
- I had nothing to do with it.
- 1244. I haven't talked to the president
since the hearing.
- 1245. You expect me to believe you don't know
whether he's going to withdraw you or not?
- 1246. Senator, I've put myself at his disposal.
I'm waiting for him to tell me what to do.
- 1247. Well, I won't wait.
I don't need Fletcher.
- 1248. I'll convene the hearing
and you won't lie this time.
- 1249. You can't do that, senator.
- 1250. I've got to do it!
- 1251. Why? What does a day matter?
Or two? You have the whip hand.
- 1252. I'm giving you a chance.
- 1253. Call the press, announce your
withdrawal. Forget the president.
- 1254. I've given the president my word.
- 1255. Your word is not exactly
the coin of the realm.
- 1256. No, maybe it isn't, thanks to your
committee. But I still place a value on it.
- 1257. And there's nothing more to be said.
Good afternoon, senator.
- 1258. Did you hear all of that, Johnny?
- 1259. Did you understand it?
- 1260. Well, I don't exactly know
how to explain it, Johnny.
- 1261. - Okay.
- No. Wait a minute.
- 1262. I could tell you the truth.
- 1263. All right.
- 1264. Sit down, Johnny.
- 1265. Brig?
- 1266. I'd like to talk to you, please.
- 1267. I had another call, Brig.
- 1268. Yes, I took the call.
- 1269. When did I become the little woman who's
supposed to sit at home and know nothing?
- 1270. Brig, I've campaigned with you.
I've worked for you.
- 1271. I know politics isn't all...
- 1272. love thy neighbor and friendship.
- 1273. I know how cruel it can be.
- 1274. There's trouble. I want to know what it is.
- 1275. Please, Daddy, you promised
to play with me.
- 1276. In a minute, Pidge.
- 1277. Do you know someone named Ray?
- 1278. Please, Daddy.
- 1279. Please, Pidge.
- 1280. Go back in the garden.
- 1281. Daddy will be there in a minute.
- 1282. He said to tell you
that they had bought Ray.
- 1283. What does that mean?
- 1284. I don't know.
- 1285. You must know.
- 1286. Will you please just leave this to me?
- 1287. But it's coming into my
home on that telephone.
- 1288. They're calling me, Brig. They're trying to
force you to do something through me.
- 1289. Now, you've got to tell me what it is.
- 1290. You're getting all
hysterical about nothing.
- 1291. Now, I don't know what those phone calls
are about, but I'm trying to find out.
- 1292. For the first time in our lives,
you're not telling me the truth.
- 1293. That awful creature on the telephone.
- 1294. He knows what he's talking about.
He's not making something up.
- 1295. Something will happen if you don't do what
he wants, and you must prepare me for it.
- 1296. Ellen, please, don't press me.
- 1297. I've got to have time to work this out.
- 1298. Why can't I help you?
- 1299. What do you think I live for?
- 1300. You're my whole life, you and Pidge.
There isn't anything else.
- 1301. I know that. I know that.
- 1302. If they're threatening you through me,
it can only mean one thing.
- 1303. It's about a woman, isn't it?
- 1304. Is that why you're afraid to tell me?
- 1305. I know I'm not everything
a wife should be.
- 1306. I know we haven't had
an exciting marriage.
- 1307. It's my fault.
- 1308. Darling, nothing in the whole world
is your fault.
- 1309. This is something from a long time ago.
Before I even knew you.
- 1310. If I could only...
- 1311. - Tell me, Brig, tell me.
- I can't.
- 1312. Then you'd better do
what these people want.
- 1313. It doesn't seem so very much.
- 1314. Not if it means that our whole...
- 1315. If I do what they want,
everything that I have tried to be...
- 1316. everything that I have tried to stand for
in my life would be just thrown away. No.
- 1317. Brig, I can't wait
for a mountain to fall on me.
- 1318. I can't be that brave.
- 1319. I'll take Pidge and leave.
- 1320. Shall I do that?
Shall I take Pidge and go?
- 1321. What do you expect me to do?
- 1322. All I want to do is stand beside you,
and you give me no place to stand.
- 1323. I want you to wait.
Wait for just a little while.
- 1324. If I can't stop these people, then I'll
tell you all there is to tell, everything.
- 1325. Then you can decide.
But wait. Please wait.
- 1326. And if you do stop them?
- 1327. I'll ask you to try and forget
this ever happened.
- 1328. Oh, I couldn't leave you.
- 1329. No matter what happens,
I couldn't leave you.
- 1330. Hurry up, Daddy.
- 1331. Hurry up, Daddy. It's getting dark.
- 1332. Oh, go and help her with the silly fish.
- 1333. I have to do something about dinner.
- 1334. Where is Daddy going?
- 1335. - Have you any luggage, senator?
- No. No luggage.
- 1336. Hold flight 338. VIP.
- 1337. - Gate 11, sir.
- Thank you.
- 1338. And Brig was more determined than ever the
president should withdraw Mr. Leffingwell.
- 1339. Then these telephone calls
began to come.
- 1340. I don't know what else to tell you, Lafe.
I know I'm meddling.
- 1341. I know Brig will be angry and embarrassed
if he finds out I talked to you.
- 1342. Maybe he won't have to know.
- 1343. I said some things to him
I shouldn't have said.
- 1344. He was desperate when he left.
Really desperate, Lafe.
- 1345. He might be protecting someone else.
Had you thought of that?
- 1346. Yes, that might be it.
That's like Brig.
- 1347. I'll tell you what.
- 1348. When he comes home, tell him
to call me at Dolly Harrison's.
- 1349. I'll get around and find out
what it's all about.
- 1350. Now, you stop worrying.
- 1351. - I'm sorry to bother you, Lafe.
- I'm glad you did.
- 1352. What's a friend for?
- 1353. This must be Lafe. Excuse me.
- 1354. Senator, we were just
about to begin without you.
- 1355. I'm sorry, Dolly.
It was unavoidable.
- 1356. I'm sure she must have been.
- 1357. Oh, Dolly. Could you get Bob
to drift out here for a minute?
- 1358. Oh, we are serious, aren't we? Of course.
- 1359. Hello, lover.
- 1360. Bob, I know about the argument
between Brig and the president.
- 1361. - How?
- His wife.
- 1362. - Now I know why I never married again.
- No, no. She's scared.
- 1363. Bob. Brig's got a blackmailer on his tail.
- 1364. Blackmailer?
- 1365. - You know anything about it?
- Are you joking?
- 1366. It's about Leffingwell.
- 1367. Thought maybe you had some ideas.
- 1368. Where is Brig?
- 1369. I've been looking for him.
That's why I'm late.
- 1370. Blackmail. Are you sure
his wife isn't exaggerating?
- 1371. I don't believe so.
- 1372. Well?
- 1373. Yes, I might have some idea.
- 1374. Why in the devil didn't he come to me
with this or to you? Somebody?
- 1375. - Did you leave word for him to call here?
- His wife or office will tell him.
- 1376. - Yes?
- 1377. Who is it?
- 1378. Is this Raymond Shaff?
- 1379. Hello.
- 1380. - You want Ray?
- Yes, please.
- 1381. - He doesn't live here, you know.
- He left this apartment number.
- 1382. - I'm a friend of Ray's. Are you a friend?
- Where can I find him?
- 1383. Won't you sit down, please?
- 1384. - Do you know where I can find Ray?
- Please, sit.
- 1385. I'm making some tea.
Would you like some tea?
- 1386. Thanks just the same.
- 1387. - My name is Manuel. I didn't get your name.
- Do you know where I can reach Ray?
- 1388. - I'd appreciate it.
- I said, I didn't get your name.
- 1389. Anderson.
- 1390. Where are you from, Mr. Anderson?
- 1391. Well, if it's any help, I'm from out
of town. Utah. I knew Ray in the Army.
- 1392. Oh, Utah. Way out West.
- 1393. Mormons, and "This is the place"
and all that.
- 1394. Mr. Manuel, if you don't mind,
I'm in kind of a hurry.
- 1395. I have kind of a mail and answering service
here for friends like Ray.
- 1396. Nothing big.
- 1397. Confidential, you understand.
- 1398. See?
- 1399. Oh, yes. Yes, I see.
- 1400. - Will this do?
- Oh, anything. Just put it there.
- 1401. Would you like to meet Ray here?
- 1402. Can't you give me his address
or phone number?
- 1403. It's convenient here. It's quiet.
- 1404. Cream or lemon?
- 1405. Mr. Manuel, do you know
where Ray is or don't you?
- 1406. Oh, it's like that.
- 1407. Urgent, sudden, PDQ.
- 1408. Won't you sit down, please?
- 1409. Yes, it's urgent.
- 1410. I think he'll be at 602.
- 1411. - It's a big night at 602.
- 602 what?
- 1412. The club, 602.
- 1413. I'll give you the address.
- 1414. You can come back here with Ray.
- 1415. I mean, you've paid.
- 1416. Well, come on in.
- 1417. Don't just stand there.
- 1418. Hey, don't run off.
- 1419. Ray?
- 1420. Ray! You're with me.
- 1421. Brig?
- 1422. - Wait a moment, Brig.
- 1423. Let me explain. Brig, wait a moment.
- 1424. - Taxi!
- 1425. I needed money, Brig.
Well, you wouldn't see me.
- 1426. I kept calling. I was drunk.
- 1427. Newark Airport!
- 1428. Drive, will you? Drive!
- 1429. Please fasten your seat belt, senator.
- 1430. You mind, Brig?
- 1431. Harley. Sure. I didn't see you.
- 1432. - If you'd rather sleep...
- No, no, no. Sit there.
- 1433. - What time do we get to old Foggy Bottom?
- About midnight.
- 1434. What? What were you doing
in New York, making a speech?
- 1435. PTA convention. You?
- 1436. Business. Just business.
- 1437. Are you going to give in?
- 1438. On Leffingwell, I mean.
- 1439. I know what you mean.
- 1440. - What do you know about it?
- Well, I can't say I know anything.
- 1441. I'm not included in very much,
either by the senators or the president.
- 1442. But that doesn't prevent me
from doing a little guesswork.
- 1443. You're being pushed and pushed hard,
aren't you, Brig?
- 1444. Why are you going it alone?
That's what I don't understand.
- 1445. Some character once said that being
vice president isn't exactly a crime.
- 1446. They can't put you in jail for it.
- 1447. But it is a sort of a disgrace,
like living in a mansion with no furniture.
- 1448. If you don't mind traveling
in such impoverished company...
- 1449. I might be able to help you.
- 1450. I've suddenly gotten the feeling you're the
most underestimated man in Washington...
- 1451. Anything I can do, Brig.
- 1452. Maybe you're right. Maybe if...
- 1453. Go ahead.
- 1454. Ladies and gentlemen, we are approaching
an area of possible turbulence.
- 1455. Please fasten your seat belts. Thank you.
- 1456. Brig?
- 1457. Forget it, Harley.
- 1458. Please forget it.
- 1459. Well, looks like rain. I'll run you home.
- 1460. - Come on, hop in.
- What? Oh, no. No, thanks, Harley.
- 1461. I've got my car over here.
- 1462. Brig?
- 1463. Do you feel all right?
- 1464. Good night, Harley.
- 1465. Good evening, senator.
- 1466. - Hi, Mike.
- Senator Smith was around looking for you.
- 1467. He said you can get him
at Mrs. Harrison's.
- 1468. Thanks.
- 1469. But the elevators are running, senator.
- 1470. Senator.
- 1471. You in there, senator?
- 1472. It's Mike, senator.
- 1473. Ace queen bets three.
- 1474. Dear me.
I may be forced to drop out.
- 1475. Is that how the British
played their cards at Waterloo?
- 1476. No, but it served us well at Dunkirk.
Different hands, of course.
- 1477. - Out.
- No good.
- 1478. Nope.
- 1479. - Running a sandy, Seabright?
- No. I'm running a possum.
- 1480. It looks like I've got him nearly treed.
- 1481. Senator Smith,
you're wanted on the telephone.
- 1482. Thank you. Excuse me.
- 1483. - Closed.
- All right?
- 1484. Wheel and deal, madam.
- 1485. Still a possible flush. Pair of sevens.
- 1486. Jack to me.
- 1487. Is that Brig?
- 1488. What's the matter?
- 1489. He's dead.
- 1490. Brig?
- 1491. In his office.
- 1492. He cut his throat.
- 1493. Are you two at it again?
We're on the last hand.
- 1494. Sorry, everyone.
- 1495. - We just got word Brig Anderson's dead.
- 1496. Oh, Bobby.
- 1497. Stan, will you get Harley and meet Lafe
and me at the Anderson home?
- 1498. - I know he'd like to be there.
- Of course.
- 1499. How did it happen?
- 1500. It looks like he killed himself.
- 1501. No, I don't know.
- 1502. He was good, and kind and honest.
- 1503. I don't know what it was
they were trying to use against him.
- 1504. But whatever it was,
they can't use it anymore.
- 1505. So it doesn't matter, does it?
- 1506. Did Brig have any idea about...
- 1507. who might be behind all this?
- 1508. No.
- 1509. No.
- 1510. Excuse me.
- 1511. Please excuse me!
- 1512. I know Van Ackerman's behind it.
- 1513. What I don't know, is he alone in it?
- 1514. If he is alone in it,
it becomes a Senate matter...
- 1515. for the Senate to handle
in its own way.
- 1516. And if Van Ackerman isn't alone?
- 1517. Is that what they think of me on the Hill?
Is that what you think of me, Bobby?
- 1518. No, I don't. But Harley here
might like a straighter answer than that.
- 1519. As God is my witness, Harley,
I know nothing of it.
- 1520. - What about Leffingwell?
- There will still be a suspicion...
- 1521. in some quarters that you're involved in
Brig's death. Better withdraw Leffingwell.
- 1522. The president is always suspect by some
because people are suspicious of power.
- 1523. I can't be guided by that.
- 1524. I'm sorry about Brig Anderson.
Don't misunderstand me.
- 1525. I wish he were alive and happy.
- 1526. But he's dead, morning's coming,
and I still need a secretary of state.
- 1527. The situation hasn't changed.
- 1528. Except now you could bring
Leffingwell to the floor for a vote.
- 1529. You've got the votes committed,
Bobby, use them.
- 1530. Well, Harley, what are you looking
so shocked about?
- 1531. You think in my place, you'd feel
any differently about this than I do?
- 1532. I don't know, Mr. President.
- 1533. But the last night I saw Brig Anderson,
I saw a man in terrible pain.
- 1534. I wonder if Leffingwell
or any one man is worth all of this.
- 1535. Wondering doesn't run a government.
- 1536. Good night, Harley.
- 1537. Good night, Mr. President.
- 1538. Good night, Mr. President.
- 1539. Bobby.
- 1540. Yes, sir?
- 1541. I do want to confirm
a suspicion to you.
- 1542. Maybe it will help you understand
why I want Leffingwell so badly.
- 1543. I understand.
- 1544. I'm going fast. There's nothing left
inside here that's working anymore.
- 1545. Leffingwell can take a firm grip on
everything I've built up in foreign policy.
- 1546. Not let it all fall to pieces.
- 1547. Harley can't. You know he can't.
- 1548. No, I don't know that. Why don't you
bring him in and give him some help?
- 1549. I haven't any time to run
a school for presidents.
- 1550. I haven't any time for anything.
- 1551. I guess I've been wrong
in many, many things.
- 1552. I don't suppose history
will have much good to say of me.
- 1553. I can't dwell on that.
- 1554. I've done my best.
- 1555. You're one of the great presidents, Russ.
- 1556. Well, if you think so,
that's almost as good as history.
- 1557. Bye, Bobby.
- 1558. Good night, Mr. President.
- 1559. Thank you.
- 1560. - Anything there?
- Yes, sir.
- 1561. Thank you.
- 1562. Don't you ever go to bed, Seab?
- 1563. Sleep's a waste of precious time
for old folks.
- 1564. I have a feeling
you've been waiting for me.
- 1565. Mr. Majority Leader...
- 1566. tomorrow I'm gonna raise the dome...
- 1567. off the capitol building.
That old dome won't sit right again...
- 1568. when I get through speaking my piece.
I know all about James Morton.
- 1569. How long have you known
about James Morton?
- 1570. That's not important.
The important thing is, I know about him.
- 1571. - I said, how long, Seab?
- There's nothing more to say.
- 1572. - You forced Fletcher to call Brig.
- I was trying to do the best for everybody.
- 1573. I'll tell you what you were doing. You were
amusing yourself watching us all squirm.
- 1574. Laughing while a dying president
put up a fight for a man he believes in.
- 1575. In the Senate, you kept quiet
while Brigham Anderson carried the load.
- 1576. You were playing
for the right moment to rise up...
- 1577. and turn on the mighty wrath
of Seab Cooley.
- 1578. All right, Seab, you've got it.
- 1579. The biggest moment you'll ever have.
- 1580. Brig Anderson gave it to you
with a dull razor blade.
- 1581. Will you wait?
- 1582. I'll make you a deal, Mr. Majority Leader.
- 1583. Turn your votes loose,
and I'll keep my mouth shut.
- 1584. Even if that man is confirmed,
I'll keep my mouth shut.
- 1585. You call that a deal?
- 1586. - I call it extortion.
- I meant it as a favor.
- 1587. Thanks. I can do without your favors.
- 1588. The subcommittee, under the
chairmanship of Senator Anderson...
- 1589. has reported favorably
to the full committee.
- 1590. And the full committee vote
is as follows:
- 1591. Eight votes for recommendation,
five votes opposed, one abstention.
- 1592. By this vote, the Committee
on Foreign Relations...
- 1593. recommends that Robert A. Leffingwell
be confirmed for secretary of state.
- 1594. I return the floor
to the senator from Michigan.
- 1595. I move the Senate
now advise and consent...
- 1596. to the nomination of Robert A.
Leffingwell for secretary of state.
- 1597. The question is, will the Senate
advise and consent...
- 1598. to the nomination of Robert A.
Leffingwell for secretary of state?
- 1599. The senator from South Carolina
has apprised me of his intention...
- 1600. to speak on this motion.
- 1601. The chair now recognizes the senior senator
from South Carolina.
- 1602. Mr. President, there is some opinion
- 1603. that my opposition to Mr. Leffingwell
has been a matter of vindictiveness.
- 1604. Mr. President, I'm afraid
that's true to some degree...
- 1605. and for this, I humbly apologize...
- 1606. to this chamber...
- 1607. and to the man in the White House, who,
with good intentions for this nation...
- 1608. sent the nominee down to us.
- 1609. I don't expect this apology
to wash away my sins...
- 1610. but I hope that it will,
in some way, reestablish me...
- 1611. as a senator in the eyes
of my colleagues...
- 1612. rather than as the flannel-mouthed
- 1613. I seem to have become in my
waning years, and so much for that.
- 1614. Mr. President...
- 1615. I shall still oppose Mr. Leffingwell...
- 1616. but without vindictiveness.
- 1617. His voice is not the voice
I wanna hear speak for America.
- 1618. It is, to me, an alien voice.
- 1619. Perhaps it's the new voice
of my country.
- 1620. These old ears aren't tuned
to these new sounds, I know.
- 1621. I don't understand much
that Mr. Leffingwell says.
- 1622. I don't understand
how principles of dignity...
- 1623. can become outworn...
- 1624. or how this nation
can be represented without pride.
- 1625. I don't understand these things.
- 1626. Of course, I am what I am,
feel as I feel.
- 1627. I'm gonna vote against confirmation...
- 1628. yet...
- 1629. I ask no man to follow me in this.
- 1630. Mr. President.
- 1631. Recognize the senior senator
- 1632. The senior senator from South Carolina...
- 1633. has just eaten
a rather large order of crow.
- 1634. Strangely enough,
he makes the dish seem palatable.
- 1635. He makes us all want to sit
at his table.
- 1636. He calls himself a curmudgeon.
- 1637. Well, I hope the day never comes...
- 1638. when there is not at least one
curmudgeon in this body...
- 1639. to goad us in the right direction.
- 1640. I can't agree with him
about Mr. Leffingwell.
- 1641. I don't interpret Mr. Leffingwell in the
same way. I don't hear an alien voice.
- 1642. To me, it sounds realistic.
And more than that...
- 1643. I have great respect for the judgment
of our chief executive.
- 1644. I'll vote for the nominee.
- 1645. But there are tragic circumstances
surrounding this nomination...
- 1646. which takes it out of the usual business
and sets it deeply...
- 1647. into the conscience of each senator.
- 1648. For this reason, I now wish
to release all pledges made to me.
- 1649. - Mr. President, will the senator yield?
- I will not.
- 1650. All pledges made to me
are free to vote as they will.
- 1651. - What kind of a double-cross is this?
- The senator from Michigan has the floor.
- 1652. - Mr. President, I ask for a quorum.
- I protest!
- 1653. A quorum call precludes any speeches
from the floor until the call is finished.
- 1654. Mr. Clerk?
- 1655. - Mr. Abbott.
- 1656. - Mrs. Adams.
- 1657. - Mr. Andrews.
- 1658. - Well, Seab.
- Well, Bob.
- 1659. - I'll beat you anyway.
- That, sir, is a question.
- 1660. - Mr. Caulfield.
- 1661. It is impossible to predict the outcome
because there was no time to poll...
- 1662. the individual members of the Senate,
who will now decide...
- 1663. free of political commitments,
guided only by their own conviction...
- 1664. how to vote on the question
of Leffingwell's confirmation.
- 1665. Senator Anderson's
mysterious suicide will...
- 1666. Wells, Simpson, Lansing.
- 1667. Mr. Randall.
- 1668. Kanaho abstained in the committee vote,
but he'll vote with Seab.
- 1669. Strike him off.
Goodman, strike him off.
- 1670. - Mr. Toland.
- 1671. - Mr. Topper.
- 1672. - Mr. Van Ackerman.
- Here and waiting!
- 1673. - Mr. Young.
- 1674. - Mr. Zeffenbach.
- 1675. Call the absentees.
- 1676. Mr. Courtney.
- 1677. Mr. Fickett.
- 1678. Mr. Fields.
- 1679. Mr. Granville.
- 1680. Mr. Larkins.
- 1681. Thank you. From Strickland.
Seven minority votes for Leffingwell.
- 1682. - A 42 majority, seven minority. Forty-nine.
- Well, we've still got a chance to win.
- 1683. Prior to the quorum, the Foreign Relations
Committee reported favorably...
- 1684. on the nomination of Robert A.
Leffingwell for secretary of state.
- 1685. The senator from Michigan
moved the Senate advise and consent...
- 1686. to that nomination.
- 1687. I did not relinquish the floor when I asked
for a quorum, Mr. President.
- 1688. The senior senator from Michigan
still has the floor.
- 1689. The senator can't hold
the floor in silence.
- 1690. With the chair's permission,
I shall be very brief.
- 1691. The chair gladly gives permission
to be brief.
- 1692. I ask for the yeas and nays.
- 1693. Yeas and nays have been requested.
Is there a sufficient number?
- 1694. I demand recognition, Mr. President!
- 1695. You can't close to me!
- 1696. - Question!
- 1697. Both sides of the aisle
are loudly demanding an immediate vote...
- 1698. on the question
whether or not to consent...
- 1699. to the president's nomination
of Leffingwell as secretary of state.
- 1700. Plainly, both parties are repudiating
Van Ackerman's tactics.
- 1701. He is still putting up a fight to regain the
floor before the question is put to a vote.
- 1702. This is conspiracy!
- 1703. The chair is conspiring to stop debate!
- 1704. The chair is violating the rules of the
Senate! I will not be bullied this way!
- 1705. There is a sufficient show of hands.
Yeas and nays have been ordered.
- 1706. - The clerk will call the roll.
- Mr. Abbott.
- 1707. - Yes.
- Mrs. Adams.
- 1708. What are you and Harley trying to pull? You
can't gag me. I'll get an investigation.
- 1709. I don't think you'd want that.
- 1710. - We're on to it, Fred.
- What are you talking about? On to what?
- 1711. We tolerate about anything here.
- 1712. Prejudice, Atticism,
- 1713. That's what the Senate's for,
to tolerate freedom.
- 1714. But you've dishonored us.
- 1715. Mr. Bender of California.
- 1716. What I did was for the good
of the country.
- 1717. Fortunately, our country always manages
to survive patriots like you.
- 1718. We could introduce a resolution
to censure and expel you.
- 1719. But we don't want Brig Anderson's
tired old sin made public.
- 1720. Whatever it was.
- 1721. - So we let you stay, if you want to.
- If you want to.
- 1722. Mr. Bronson.
- 1723. No.
- 1724. Mr. Caulfield.
- 1725. Yes.
- 1726. - Mr. Satinas.
- 1727. Mr. Chambers.
- 1728. Yes.
- 1729. - Mr. Chatsworth.
- 1730. - Mr. Cook.
- 1731. - Mr. Cooley.
- 1732. - Mr. Cunningham.
- 1733. - Mr. Curry.
- 1734. Mr. Dahl.
- 1735. No.
- 1736. - Mr. Daniels.
- 1737. Maybe we should've waited for his vote.
Now we only have a margin of two.
- 1738. - Slipped up there, didn't we?
- Mr. Danta.
- 1739. Yes.
- 1740. So far, the vote is running about even,
and it is still impossible to predict...
- 1741. the final outcome.
- 1742. - No.
- Mr. Eaves.
- 1743. Somebody better wake up McCafferty.
We need his vote.
- 1744. - Mr. Evans.
- McCafferty's asleep again.
- 1745. - Mr. Everett.
- Wake up McCafferty. We need his vote.
- 1746. - Mr. Farmer.
- Wake up McCafferty. We need his vote.
- 1747. Awaken the senator.
- 1748. - Yes.
- Mr. Frank.
- 1749. - Opposed, sir. I'm opposed.
- No, no, senator, not yet.
- 1750. And I believe that you're not opposed.
- 1751. - Mr. Jollie.
- 1752. During the last few minutes,
Leffingwell's chances have improved...
- 1753. and it seems more than likely
he will be confirmed by a small margin...
- 1754. of maybe one or two votes.
- 1755. Of course, in case of a tie, we can
definitely count on the vice president...
- 1756. to use his decisive vote
in favor of the nominee.
- 1757. - Harley has always gone along...
- Mr. President!
- 1758. - ... With the majority leader's policies.
- Call Dr. Slater. Hurry.
- 1759. - Mr. Smith of Oregon.
- 1760. Mr. Smith of Rhode Island.
- 1761. Mr. Smith of Rhode Island.
- 1762. - No.
- What the...?
- 1763. That ties it.
- 1764. Haven't had so much fun
since the cayenne pepper hit the fan.
- 1765. - Mr. Snyder.
- 1766. - Mr. Sorensen.
- 1767. - Mr. Strickland.
- 1768. - Mr. Sundberg.
- 1769. - Mr. Swanson.
- Harley, we're coming in deadlocked.
- 1770. - You'll have to make it good.
- 1771. Mr. Tate.
- 1772. Yes.
- 1773. - Mr. Teller.
- 1774. - Mr. Temple.
- 1775. - Mr. Thacker.
- 1776. - Mr. Thompson.
- 1777. - Mr. Timothy.
- 1778. The third painting by Colonel Trumbull
is the surrender of Lord Cornwallis...
- 1779. at Yorktown, Virginia.
- 1780. Major O'Hara in the red coat in the
foreground delivered his sword for him.
- 1781. Washington wouldn't accept the sword
from anyone beneath his rank.
- 1782. - Mr. Toland.
- 1783. - Mr. Thule.
- 1784. - Yes.
- Mr. Topper.
- 1785. - Yes.
- Mr. Tracy of New Jersey.
- 1786. - No.
- Mr. Tracy of Washington.
- 1787. - No.
- Mr. Vandergrift.
- 1788. - Yes.
- Mr. Vassar.
- 1789. - No.
- Mr. Welch.
- 1790. - Yes.
- Mr. Wells.
- 1791. - Yes.
- Mr. Whitman.
- 1792. - No.
- Mr. Williams.
- 1793. - No.
- Mr. Wilson.
- 1794. - Yes.
- Mr. Woodworth.
- 1795. - No.
- Mr. Yost.
- 1796. Yes.
- 1797. - Mr. Young.
- 1798. - Mr. Zeffenbach.
- 1799. The vote is tied at 47 to 47.
- 1800. The vice president will not exercise
his constitutional privilege...
- 1801. to break this tie with an affirmative
vote. The motion to advise and consent...
- 1802. to the nomination of Robert A. Leffingwell
for secretary of state stands defeated.
- 1803. - Sit down.
- Mind your own business!
- 1804. Something's happened. Sit down.
- 1805. It has fallen to me
to make a sad announcement.
- 1806. The president died a few minutes ago.
- 1807. Will the senior senator from South Carolina,
as president pro tempore of the Senate...
- 1808. please assume the chair.
- 1809. - Good luck, sir.
- Thank you.
- 1810. About the vote, Bob, I'm sorry.
- 1811. I'd prefer to name
my own secretary of state.
- 1812. All right, Harley, Mr. President.
- 1813. - I'll see what I can do for him.
- Thank you.
- 1814. - Mr. President.
- Recognize the senior senator...
- 1815. from Michigan.
- 1816. Senators...
- 1817. a great leader is dead.
- 1818. A bitter loss for our country...
- 1819. a bitter personal
loss for all of us here.
- 1820. I move we adjourn out of respect
until further notice.
- 1821. So ordered.