THE PRESIDENCY: A Hard Man to Package and Label

At six months what has Jimmy Carter wrought?

Defining it, summing it up is difficult. There are no labels, slogans or catch phrases that will do. Yet that sort of political shorthand has meant a lot over the years to Americans forever seeking a focus for their hopes.

The very day in 1932 that Franklin Roosevelt accepted the Democratic Party nomination, Cartoonist Rollin Kirby of the New York World-Telegram sketched a bewildered farmer looking up at an airplane labeled NEW DEAL, two words lifted from F.D.R.'s speech. From that moment the U.S. had a vision.

Since that time we have had the...

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