Nation: Playing Politics with Gas

Pressured by Jerry Brown, Carter sounds optimistic—and confused

The two men have very little respect for each other. One is President, and the other wants his job. Jimmy Carter regards Governor Jerry Brown of California as a sloganeering opportunist, while Brown considers Carter incompetent. Nonetheless, Brown telephoned Carter at the White House last week to ask for an audience, and Carter, in the straight-faced account of Press Secretary Jody Powell, "was happy to provide it." What brought them together two days later was the gasoline shortage, which has been felt nowhere in the country so...

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