The Nation: Rosalynn on the Road

Asked by an American if he wanted to meet Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, one Mexican official said, "No, but Mrs. Carter, yes."

Suave and witty as ever, Kissinger had just gracefully proposed a toast to "the health and success of President-elect José LÓpez Portillo." The guests at the elegant reception given by the Secretary and his wife Nancy in Mexico City last week raised their glasses, then waited expectantly to see how the trim, attractive woman in the turquoise evening gown would handle herself. Taking the microphone, Rosalynn Carter began to speak—and the assembly and the evening were hers.

"I do not...

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