A Letter From The Publisher, Aug. 28, 1978

When TIME's Laurence Barrett began covering the White House last May, he knew about the two rites of passage that awaited him. The first was perfunctory: despite past assignments at the Pentagon, he was fingerprinted and photographed immediately by the Secret Service, then issued a pass at the White House gates for each visit until he received a final security clearance. The second was a pleasure: a welcoming chat with Jimmy Carter. Since his arrival, Barrett has filed reports on a whirlwind of major stories that include the vote on whether or not to sell warplanes to Israel, and our in-depth...

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