The Nation: Carter Decides to Stay Home

He puts off a big trip to fight a big battle

There is no better tonic for a President in trouble than a tour of the horizon aboard Air Force One. Red-carpet welcomes and cheering crowds in far-off places boost his morale and make him a world statesman, not just a politician, to the folks back home. Jimmy Carter prescribed for himself precisely that tonic last September: he was suffering a decline in the polls, and his closest adviser, Bert Lance, was fighting a losing battle for his job. Carter planned to visit nine countries in eleven days, starting Nov....

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