Nation: Whirling Through the Third World

Carter scores a few points on his trip abroad

As Jimmy Carter set out aboard Air Force One for Caracas last week, aides passed out a two-page memo to the 170 reporters who accompanied him aboard two chartered planes. Entitled "Health Advisory for Presidential Trip," the document warned them about dread diseases, from dysentery to yellow fever, that they might encounter on the seven-day, 15,000-mile journey to four countries. The statement also cautioned them about "treacherous, steep drop-offs" on the road between Caracas and the airport, the undertow off Rio de Janeiro's beaches, bad...

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