The Nation: Rosalynn Takes a Message Home

Wherever she went, she listened carefully—and urged heads of state and their minions to express themselves freely. "You can be blunt," she would say. "Go ahead, that's what I'm here for." Throughout her 13-day tour of Latin America and the Caribbean, Rosalynn Carter managed to establish a frank rapport with her hosts. She achieved her goal of convincing top leaders that President Carter wants to improve long-neglected relations with Latin nations.

Like leaders of other governments along the tour, Venezuela's President Carlos Andrés Pérez said he was "pleasantly surprised" by the "extraordinary woman."...

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