DIPLOMACY: The President's Closest Emissary

Her trip was proceeding without an awkward moment when the American television reporter asked the question: What made her think she was fit to discuss serious matters with heads of state? Rosalynn Carter's hazel eyes flashed with anger. Said she: "I think I am the person closest to the President of the United States, and if I can help him understand the countries of the world, then that's what I intend to do."

And that is just what the nation's First Lady did last week as she began an ambitious, 13-day swing through seven Caribbean and Latin...

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