A Letter From The Publisher, Jul. 23, 1979

For ten days, while he reconsidered his energy and economic policies at his triple-fenced Camp David retreat, President Carter remained totally inaccessible to the press. Finally last Friday the President invited a group of journalists and network anchormen to helicopter to his mountaintop and hear the insights he had gained from his sojourn. Among his 18 luncheon guests was TIME'S Washington contributing editor Hugh Sidey, who, in addition to writing his regular Presidency column, reported from Camp David for this week's cover story.

The trip to the Catoctin Mountain camp was a familiar one for Sidey, who has made it at least...

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