THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Hazardous Course for Carter

The President, a noted historian reported, had a calm confidence that great things would be accomplished, that he could perceive, through God, what those things were, that he had the energy and artistry to communicate them persuasively.

In tracing the origins of the President's views, the same historian described him as a middle-class Southern boy who had deep religious feeling, a romantic view of knowledge and intense ambition. Once he had wept when he listened to a Communion hymn. He read Scripture and prayed daily. The President was convinced that God was accessible, both through prayer and in His revealed...

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