How LBJ eased out Rhode Island’s US Senator T.F. GreenSeptember 3rd, 2013 at 1:25 pm by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
Richard Baker, the U.S. Senate’s historian emeritus, relates a classic story about a local legend:
When Senator Theodore Green of Rhode Island became chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1957, he was 90 years old. Intelligent, hard-working and well-liked, Green was no longer up to piloting this important cold war-era committee. Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson lacked the authority to remove committee chairs, but he found his opening when a Providence newspaper in 1959 demanded that Green retire. Johnson told the beleaguered senator that he shouldn’t put up with such abuse. Green agreed and decided to step down. But then the leader overplayed his hand and the elderly senator decided he should stay. L.B.J. finally engineered a face-saving way for Green to yield with dignity intact.
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