THE BOBBY BAKER STORY

BY ROBERT ROWE

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In 1956 Senate Majority Leader Lyndon B. Johnson told his fellow Senators:

‘I know I should refer to him formerly as my secretary to the majority, but my tongue as my heart says, ‘Bobby’ instead. His quick intelligence, his tremendous fund of knowledge about the Senate—which is appalling in one so young—has kept the machinery on this side of the aisle working with smooth precision. Always present, always alert, and more than anything else, always understanding and persuasive with his wise counsel. I say to all of you here that here, is a young man of rare and real promise.

Today, Lyndon B. Johnson’s tongue (and presumably his heart) says simply, ‘No Comment.’ This is the story of Bobby Gene Baker, his rise and fall. But it is more than that. It b the story of the U.S. Senate and of Baker's relationship with the man who went on to occupy the most powerful office in the world. In that sense, Bobby Baker isn’t on trial—the U.S. Senate is. For everything Bobby Baker is. knows, believes and did, he learned from the U.S. Senate (where he went to work at the age of 15) and from its leader, Lyndon B Johnson, who. lacking a son of his own, adopted Bobby Baker as a protégé. It is no accident that in his heyday Baker was known variously as - Little Lyndon’ and ‘Lyndon Junior.’

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