THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: In Defense of the Martini

The Presidency

One of the more spirited questions around Washington now is whether Jimmy Carter has ever had a three-martini lunch. Hamilton Jordan, his top aide, has never seen Carter drink even one martini. But Jordan says rather wickedly that he does not know what goes on over in the private part of the mansion after work.

Mary Hoyt, Rosalynn Carter's assistant, is quite firm in her conviction that not a single martini has been mixed in the White House since the Carters arrived. It was Rosalynn, after all, who said out loud that she really enjoyed seeing "people kind of squirm"...

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