A Letter From The Publisher, Mar. 19, 1979

As TIME'S State Department correspondent for the past three years, Christopher Ogden became accustomed to constant foreign travel at the drop of an olive branch. In the past two years alone, Ogden logged 200,000 miles with Cyrus Vance, including six trips to the Middle East. So it was with unpacked bags and undisguised relief that he began his new assignment last week as TIME White House correspondent. His first scheduled trip late this month with the President: to Elk City, Okla., a place that Carter promised to revisit if he were elected. Only hours later, however, the President announced his peace...

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