The Nation: Skating Deftly But on Thin Ice

As he struggled with the thorny issues of foreign policy last week, Jimmy Carter got some fairly good news: the polls rated him a hit as President. Gallup's survey, representative of the others, showed that 66% of those questioned approved of the way the President was handling his job, while only 8% did not (26% had no opinion). No matter that Americans are usually anxious to see the best in a new President.* Carter's obvious diligence, his eagerness to tackle every problem simultaneously, his popular support—the evidence all seemed to add up to an early box office success.

Or did it? For...

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