THE WHITE HOUSE: Why Is Jimmy Smiling? Why Not?

A confident Jimmy Carter was speaking last week at a press conference in Washington, but his words were carrying 5,000 miles to an attentive audience in the Kremlin. "It is very important that the strength of the presidency itself be recognized as deriving from the people of this nation," he said. "When I do speak, I don't speak with a hollow voice, [but] I'm strongly supported by the Congress and the people."

This double-barreled statement was Carter's rationale both for his people-to-people style as President and for its international version, which could...

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