THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: On the Inside, Feeling the Pulse

They pass out Jerry Ford's political buttons and biographies over at the L Street campaign headquarters. But the real campaign committee meets every morning in the White House's Roosevelt Room, and it is officially called the Economic Policy Board executive committee.

One of Ford's strongest election assets is an economy that is gathering strength.

Without it, he would be politically moribund. The question now is whether the recovery is enough to blot out Watergate and make the Russians and Henry Kissinger seem less of an irritant to the nation's peace of mind....