THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Time Is Running Thin

The Presidency

It all may have started with the blue jeans and the cardigan sweater. Then came the town meetings with hand-carried suit bag, a glass of milk and a bed with local folks. The afternoon of the national call-in with Walter Cronkite at his side was another part of being Jimmy on the spot, the man of the people.

The President took the idea with him to the London economic summit meeting and halfway round the world to India. Members of Congress began to notice that they could call up Carter more easily and...

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