The Nation: La Se

Latin American diplomats hardly know what to make of it all. Should they just lay on the customary round of frozen-smile receptions, exquisitely gallant introductions to dignitaries, and hurried side trips to orphanages? Or should they treat the First Lady of the U.S. as a full-fledged spokeswoman for her husband's foreign policies—which they sometimes find puzzling? "I really can't think of her talking substance," remarked one Latin American ambassador last week as Rosalynn Carter finished boning up for a two-week, 12,000-mile swing through seven countries. If Mrs. Carter does try to get down...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!