The Nation: Ninety-Day Wondering

Three months is a mere 6% of a presidential term—barely time enough, it might seem, for a Washington outsider to learn that the Tidal Basin is not a birdbath in the Rose Garden. But as Jimmy Carter faces Congress and the country with his energy message on the 91st day of his term, he almost inevitably invites at least an interim assessment. The usual time frame, of course, is 100 days—but what's ten days more or less in the case of a President who is setting Jimmy Carter's kind of pace?

The 100-day measurement stems...

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