The Nation: Just Call Him Mister

Three weeks is only a ripple on the four-year tide of a presidential term. But Jimmy Carter seemed to be off to a promising start. From the cold-eyed cynics of the Washington press corps and the aloof observers of academe on to the "show me" proprietor of the Summit Hill bar in Hartford, Conn., the initial reaction to the Carter presidency was impressively upbeat.

"Jimmy Carter met the press and they were his," declared the Washington Post's Haynes Johnson after the President's first press conference. Carter had walked into the lair of the press...

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