THE FIRST LADY: Family Fun in the White House

A place to swim in your clothes and hear the ghost

Reality has been pressing in on Jimmy Carter on all sides, as the half-year assessments of his presidency have duly noted: trouble with foreign policy, ups and downs with Congress, blacks and liberals, continuing suspicion from the business community. But in the White House family quarters, all continues serene. In fact, the Carters are so relentlessly just-plain-folks that outsiders usually ask, "Are they for real?" The answer is yes, to the extent that reality can exist in the White House, with its 70 or so servants and other household...

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