THE TRANSITION: Vance and Lance: The Selection Begins

Just 31 days after his election, Jimmy Carter made his first Cabinet-level appointments and thereby offered the first solid clues as to the future shape of his Administration. As Secretary of State, he selected Cyrus Vance, 59, an urbane, methodical, Yale-educated Manhattan lawyer who had been Deputy Defense Secretary in the Johnson Administration and a familiar figure in and around U.S. foreign policy for more than a decade. At the same time, Carter also announced that a close personal friend, Thomas Bertram Lance, 45, a bulky (6 ft. 4 in., 235 Ibs.),...

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