THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Confusing Show Biz with Substance

The Presidency

Was it President Carlton Rattigan, or maybe President Richard Monckton? Could it have been President Sven Ericson? No, it was President Jimmy Carter flickering across the screens of America from the tower of the United Nations to the burned-out South Bronx, then back in the Oval Office and preparing to thunder across America and then halfway around the world.

Once again the actions and antics of the real President seemed destined to dim the best creations of the novelists who gave us Rattigan, Monckton and Ericson. The 2:15 a.m. New York briefing by Press Secretary Jody Powell was the kind...

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