THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Simplicity or Mediocrity?


Betty Beale, a spunky Washington Star Boswell to the capital's power society, declared recently that in her affluent and respectable precincts there was consternation over Jimmy Carter's dress and his insistence on carrying his suit bag. "If the American people had wanted their President to be a bellhop," she decreed, "they could have found one without all that concern about issues."

Bravo, whispered the traditionalists behind their white gloves. But from somewhere "out there," as they say in the drawing rooms, came an avalanche of letters to the Washington...

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