Business: The Rise of Robert Strauss

The big winner last week was Carter's special trade representative, Robert Strauss. TIME Washington Correspondent Stanley Cloud reports:

"I'm the best damn appointment Jimmy Carter has made," drawled Bob Strauss not long before the President gave him the additional job of ambassador-with-jawbone to Big Business and labor in the battle to check inflation. Immodesty is part of the ebullient Texan's style. So, too, are profanity, sensitivity, a dislike for pretense, a taste for good whisky, and deft persuasiveness in almost any matter involving politics and politicians.

During the past few months, Strauss has used the...

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