Nation: Rapping for Carter's Ear

National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski's firm views on how the U.S. should deal with the Soviet Union are gaining ascendancy in the White House. TIME State Department Correspondent Christopher Ogden reports on the way the former Columbia University professor goes about his job.

At Columbia, students called him Vitamin Z. At the White House, inner-circle Georgians refer to him as Woody Woodpecker, because his Dagwood-style haircut gives him the cartoon character look, and because he keeps rap-rap-rapping for the President's ear. His friends call him Zbig, and their one-word description is energetic. He thinks fast, acts fast, talks fast. Critics would say...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!