The Nation: CARTER'S PROGRAM: WILL IT WORK?

At 8:30 on the evening before his address to Congress, President Carter huddled with his energy team in the White House Cabinet Room. Dressed in blue jeans and sipping ice water, Carter worried over each point in his message with Energy Aide James Schlesinger (TIME cover, April 4) and a handful of key staffers. Rosalynn stopped by to eye the text. "If I can understand it, everybody can," she explained later. "We changed a word here and there to be more easily understood." At 12:45 a.m., a weary President went off to work on...

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