Time Essay: Making the Best Use of Rockefeller

Only rarely since the days of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson has a man with the stature of Nelson Rockefeller risen to the U.S. vice presidency. Indeed, Rockefeller brings to his new job an unprecedented portfolio of assets: more than a third of a century's experience in state and Federal Government; countless personal contacts among politicians, academicians and businessmen in the U.S. and abroad; legendary wealth; a lustrous name; an extroverted personality. How can President Ford make the best use of the enormously capable, ambitious, idealistic—and also arrogant—man whom he has nominated to be his No. 2? The answer, as Rockefeller...

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