THE PRESIDENCY: Jimmy, Jerry, Zbig and Henry

The Presidency/Hugh Sidey

One of the most important things that happened in 1977 may not have been in an Executive order or a law passed by Congress or an idea spoken by Jimmy Carter. It may have been the extraordinary web of civilized human relationships spun among the men and women of Washington and world power almost in spite of themselves.

Had Lyndon Johnson been around this holiday season, he would have raised his glass to his favorite Old Testament prophet, Isaiah, who urged humanity almost 3,000 years ago: "Come now, and...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!