Nation: Winging His Way into '78

The President's nine-day, 18,500-mile odyssey is heavy on symbolic acts

"This journey," said Jimmy Carter last week, "reflects the diversity of a rapidly changing world." If the President's expectations seemed modest, the itinerary for his trip was anything but. By late this week, he will have covered 18,500 miles in nine days, visiting at least seven countries along the way: Poland, Iran, India, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, France and Belgium.

This is the first leg of a presidential grand tour that will be resumed in March, when Carter visits Africa and South America. The four-continent...

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