Nation: Coming to Grips with the Job

Has he or hasn't he? That's the question America has to decide

TIME White House Correspondent Christopher Ogden has long watched Jimmy Carter wrestle with the problems of his office. He has accompanied the President on five trips overseas, and covered his reelection campaign. Here Ogden assesses how the President has changed and what he has learned while holding the free world's most demanding job.

The presidency takes its toll of every man who seizes it. Jimmy Carter, who sought the office with such determination and is now fighting so furiously to retain it, has...

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