Nation: Hope for the Hostages

But their uncertain status created a time bomb for the President

A ir Force One had just landed at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport Saturday night, and the presidential party was en route to a nearby hotel when walkie-talkies in the motorcade crackled to life and the drama began. There was to be a meeting later that night in Deacon's" room. Deacon is the Secret Service code name for President Jimmy Carter.

After appearing very briefly at an Italian-American dinner, the President went swiftly to his suite to huddle with aides...

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