THE WHITE HOUSE: In Quest of a Distinctive Presidency

Old friends from Alexandria, Va., gave Gerald Ford a cartoon recently that showed a pathetic-looking John Q. Public handing the President a cracked and scarred world globe and ordering him: "Fix it!"

That was a fitting admonition for a President who is energetically dealing with problems on several fronts. Last week he proposed a cautious 31-point remedy for the nation's economic ills that included a controversial 5% tax surcharge on middle and upper incomes (see THE ECONOMY). He underscored his desire for detente by meeting for the first time with a Communist...

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