THE ADMINISTRATION: Warm Words from Jimmy Cardigan

Only two weeks into his presidency, Jimmy Carter has already proved himself a master of the symbolic act.

Having just given the hook to 20 White House limousines, Carter broke further ground by eating lunch with staffers in the White House mess (the President's order: a cheeseburger and iced tea). At his second Cabinet meeting, he was pleased to find his lieutenants following his lead: the Interior Secretary had closed the department's VIP dining room for senior officials and eliminated five limousines, the Attorney General had dismissed his private FBI bodyguards. The...

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