THE ADMINISTRATION: Hannibal Astride the Potomac

At about 7.30 a.m., Hamilton Jordan arrives at the White House by bus, or is driven from his Capitol Hill home by his wife Nancy—causing him daily to rue Jimmy Carter's decision to strip his assistants of limousine service. But one plus about his job as the key senior adviser to the President is the fact that he does not have to cope with rush-hour traffic. He comes to work too early and leaves too late.

Jordan swings into his spacious office, a six-window, high-status corner formerly occupied by the likes of Bob Haldeman and Alexander Haig, but, he insists,...

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