So the Carter era begins.

New faces and new accents in Washington; a cast of characters far more "different" than a change of Administration usually brings; perhaps fresh directions for the nation. All this was greeted by the country in an oddly subdued mood. There were considerable expectations, some apprehension and, still, a rather dazed sense of having gone through one of the most remarkable campaigns in modern American history.

The transition was dramatized on the day after the election in a memorably moving appearance...

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