THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: A Need for Some Privacy

The Presidency

In the first hours that President Carter was back at his White House desk from his Western retreat, he was briefed on the legislative tangles his natural gas bill had encountered. At least two or three times, a faraway look came into his eyes and he chuckled, "I wish that I was back on the Salmon River."

Indeed, his rafting adventure down the Salmon was perhaps the farthest withdrawal from the presidency, both physically and emotionally, that has been managed by any recent Chief Executive. It is true that Secret Service agents with...

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