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would make some remark about “That should have some consideration, Mr. President.” He would be very pleasant about it and would say that it was certainly a very useful idea and a very important idea. He thought it required some planning and he would be very glad to look into it. He would sort of get it assigned to him. The President would say, “Oh yes, I wish you would.” Douglas would sort of get it into his hands.

I began to be very sensitive about Lewis Douglas, sensitive to the fact that he was so polite and so plausible, and yet deceitful. Instead of standing right up there in Cabinet meeting and saying. “I don't believe in this. I'm opposed to it for the following reasons. I'm absolutely against it and don't think we should go into it. I will oppose it to the last breath of my body,” which would have been the truth, he would always says, “I will look that up, Mr. President. I would like to have that considered by two or three of my men. I will give you a report on that.” I knew the trick. I've done it myself. It's the delaying tactic. You delay by fine words and plausible and apparently cooperative statements.

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