THE TRANSITION: Mr. Carter Comes Acourtin'

He had billed himself as a man who could grab Washington by the scruff of its neck and shake some sense into it. But when Jimmy Carter left the capital last week after a hectic two-day visit, the self-styled "outsider" smiled and allowed, "I feel at home here." Washington seemed to feel at home with him.

Carter managed to minimize the inevitable awkwardness of his visit to President Gerald Ford, who was still smarting from the first electoral defeat of his career. While waiting for his guest at the south portico of the White...

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