THE WHITE HOUSE: Trying to Shift the Spotlight

Soon after Jimmy Carter clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, Gerald Ford telephoned him at his Americana Hotel suite. The President congratulated Carter, and teasingly asked about his choice for Vice President. (Carter would not tell him.) Then Ford expressed his hope that the presidential race would be high-toned.

The President watched little of the convention on television. But he did read a special summary of each day's events, and it was clear that he was doing his best to draw attention away from the assembled Democrats in New York.

As Ford's White...

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