THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Tackling the Bumbling Bureaucracy

THE PRESIDENCY

When Jerry Ford comes home this week from his circuit of European political palaces, he will be right back in beautiful downtown America, which is broke, hot, surly and drinking beer rather than champagne.

For all of that soaring rhetoric on peace that comes prepackaged with a presidential tour abroad, the nation's destiny—and Ford's—ultimately rests on what happens in New York, Detroit, Chicago and even Burbank.

Ford knows that as well as anybody. So right now there is a thick notebook in the White House office of Jim Cannon, director of the...