Nation: Carter's Rousing Revival

Riding a wave of patriotism, the President becomes the front runner

He asked that Americans fly the flag to indicate support for the 50 U.S. hostages in Iran. Across the country last week, flags flew. He asked for letters to the hostages. From every corner of the nation, the mail poured forth. The national Christmas tree that he had refused to illumine remained dark behind the White House as a reminder of the hostages' plight. And then, in response to Tehran's renewed threats to put the hostages on trial for spying, he threatened economic sanctions and even a naval blockade to cut...

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