Nation: Jerry & Jimmy

One is laureled, one lambasted

Talk about turning the other cheek.

There was former President Gerald Ford in Manhattan, picking up an honorary doctor of laws degree from New York Law School and a humanitarian award from the American Diabetes Association—and, between laurels, lambasting his successor. The Carter Administration's economic policy is "inadequate and misdirected," Ford told a news conference, and called for further cuts in federal spending to slow inflation.

So what does Jimmy Carter do when Jerry and Betty Ford turn up at the White House the next day for the presentation of their official portraits?* Praises both of them to the...

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