A Letter From The Publisher: Feb. 2, 1981

As the Inauguration of the nation's 40th President and the long-awaited release of the American hostages in Iran coincided last week, TIME'S Washington bureau was faced with the task of covering two major news events simultaneously. "This was a remarkable week for us," says Washington Bureau Chief Robert Ajemian. "Two Presidents coping with high drama, the absolute splendor of an Inauguration eclipsed, if that is possible, by the tension and thrill of the hostage release." Like a general fighting a war on two fronts, Ajemian had to move quickly to deploy correspondents where they were most needed. White House Correspondent Laurence...

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