Time Essay: A Nation Without Last Names

Rosalynn Carter may have disconcerted her somewhat formal South American hosts by speaking so casually on her recent tour of what "Jimmy" thought and what "Jimmy" meant to do. When "Jimmy" was in London for the economic summit, he went out of his way to get on a first-name basis with a difficult character named "Helmut." But West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, with chilly punctilio, insisted on calling Carter "Mr. President." Tass, the Soviet news agency, would have none of the amiable diminutive either; in the course of attacking his human rights...

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