THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Sorry, but He's Busy Today


In the continuing effort to try to shoehorn a few more people and ideas into Jimmy Carter's days, Scheduler Tim Kraft's shop photocopied the President's schedules and laid them out for study. The visual impact was stunning—ranks of names, events, ceremonies. No wonder, they muttered, the planned 55-hour week for Carter had grown to 71 hours and, if the truth about his private time were known, probably 80 or more.

Carter had complained early on about the amount of paper he had to consume. His staff analyzed operations through his first...

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