DIPLOMACY: How the Allies Rate Ford

His first trip to Europe as President had clearly tired Gerald Ford. By the time Air Force One jet touched down in Rome last week, on the final stop of an exhausting seven-day tour that included a North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit and a meeting in Salzburg with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, Ford was described by an Italian official as looking as worn out "as a squeezed lemon." Happily, the President's final ten-hour stopover in Rome was diplomatically undemanding. There were exchanges of pleasantries with Italian leaders (partly to boost the fortunes of the ruling Christian Democrats in the upcoming...

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