Nation: Carter Was Speechless

But both his friends and foes talked of lack of leadership

Rarely had a U.S. President seemed so strikingly mired in indecision. Just back from the ineffectual Tokyo summit, Jimmy Carter last week scheduled a major address on energy policy, telling aides that he wanted a "bold new approach." Then, just 30 hours before he was supposed to go before the TV cameras, he called off the speech without a word of explanation and holed up at Camp David. Behind in Washington he left baffled aides with almost nothing that they could say for...

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