THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Still Mr. Outside

These could be the days that determine whether Jimmy Carter will be a one-term President. This test of his capacity to lead has come quickly, invited by his own impatience and inexperience and an unrelenting world. But it is not unique.

In any President's stewardship there are unforgiving moments in which he is poised between forces that can sweep him on to greater favor and achievement or leave him a titleholder of little consequence. John Kennedy faced such a time at the Bay of Pigs only three months into his term. He...

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