"There's no question that he wanted to sotto-voce the whole thing"
|Jack Valenti (far left), Lyndon Johnson,|
The man is Jack Valenti, an aide to Lyndon Johnson when Johnson was ushering in the modern era of presidential lying, misleading Congress, and evading the Constitution.
McMaster quotes Valenti several times in the book's final chapters, once in the stilted declaration that LBJ was "in the middle of the biggest legislative fight of Johnson's history" and another time admitting that "There's no question that he wanted to sotto-voce the whole thing."
Sotto-voce the whole thing, presumably said with a straight face? The man was born to be a macher in movies.
© Peter Rozovsky 2013