THE PRESIDENCY: Nothing Wrong with Normalcy

One day seven months ago, as Henry Kissinger was savoring a final meal in the State Department's elegant dining room, the historian turned statesman suggested that Jimmy Carter might have the first normal years in the White House since John Kennedy.

The world has calmed perceptibly, Kissinger noted, and was presided over by men and women who, in most cases, seemed more interested in upgrading their societies than in waging war or swaggering around the globe. At home, the former professor felt, after 13 years of assassination, social upheaval and scandal, a more mature and understanding people now wanted time...

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