THE ADMINISTRATION: Carter and the Russians: Semi-Tough

Veteran diplomats in Washington could not recall anything quite like it. There was a new President, not even three weeks in office, casually spinning off specific proposals on complex matters of arms control and criticizing the Soviet Union on such sensitive issues as its dealings with dissidents. He did it all in that most public of forums: a televised press conference. Could he possibly know what he was doing?

Handling 15 questions in 32 minutes with relaxed assurance, Jimmy Carter used his first presidential press conference to advance his favorable initial image...

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