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“Keep the Boys That Should Be Sober, Sober”


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On 7 August 1964, after passage of the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, White House legislative liaison Lawrence F. “Larry” O’Brien Jr. summarized the situation on Capitol Hill ahead of a vote on the economic opportunity bill. O’Brien told President Johnson that “if we can just keep the boys that should be sober, sober, and the ones that should be drinking, drinking, that’s our job for the afternoon.” 


August 7, 1964
Oval Office

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