THE ADMINISTRATION: Now, for the Substance

The occasion was Jimmy Carter's first White House state dinner, held in honor of Mexico's President Jose Lopez Portillo and his darkly glamorous wife. Carter and Rosalynn escorted their visitors down the grand staircase. But there were no trumpets, no color guard. Instead, the Presidents and their wives were preceded by Misty Malarky Ying Yang, Amy's Siamese cat, which stealthily descended the broad marble stairs, took one look at the assembled guests and swiftly retreated to safety. Misty Malarky thereby joined the Carter cardigan, the walk down Pennsylvania Avenue and the...

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