THE WHITE HOUSE: Around Two Worlds in Two Days

Jimmy Carter flew out to meet the people last week—and landed in two sharply different worlds:

>In Clinton, Mass., a faded, heavily Democratic mill town (pop. 13,300) west of Boston, friendly citizens applauded the President's every remark at a folksy town assembly. Two sons of Edward and Katherine Thompson, a merry middle-class Irish couple with whom Carter spent the night, even joked about having a Chief Executive in their home. "Should we stand when he comes in?" asked Edward Thompson, 27. "No," quipped his brother Richard, 16, "we're going to kneel."

>Next day,...

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