The Nation: The Charlie Behind Jimmy

A new face appeared in Washington last week, and insiders were trying to figure out how important he was. Charles Kirbo of Atlanta was Jimmy Carter's hand-picked envoy to the capital. TIME National Political Correspondent Robert Ajemian visited Kirbo in Atlanta before he came north. Reports Ajemian:

The one man Jimmy Carter depends on and trusts above all others, Charles Hughes Kirbo, 59, was talking about his boyhood days in the peanut and sawmill country of rural south Georgia. Kirbo's voice is so slow and soft that people sometimes cock their heads to hear...

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