Nation: Tribulations of Harried Ham

Another skirmish in a no-win war with the gossip columns

With the exception of Bert Lance, none of the Georgia political chums Jimmy Carter brought with him to Washington has found himself the subject of more attention, flattering or otherwise, than Hamilton Jordan, the young (33), feet-up presidential pal and political strategist who is the White House's closest equivalent to a chief of staff. Last week was particularly grim for Jordan, both personally and professionally. Late in the week, he was hurriedly summoned home to Albany, Ga., after his father, Richard Jordan, 69, a retired insurance...

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