President Carter's first year at the White House has been notable for a new style of presidency which has sought to dispense with much of the formality of the past.
President Carter's first year at the White House has been notable for a new style of presidency which has sought to dispense with much of the formality of the past. It has also seen bold domestic and foreign policies....an energy saving campaign at home, and accommodations with the Soviet Union on nuclear arms limitations.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Carter immediately began to frame a strategy to reduce unemployment and boost the American economy. Massive tax cuts and incentive were introduced, and attention then focused on energy conservation in the light of shrinking oil resources: domestic production was dropping as imports doubled. However, in a major policy change, strictly-limited exports of enriched uranium for nuclear energy were resumed.
In May, President Carter attended an Economic Summit in London with six other western leaders, but also found time to visit the area in Northern England where George Washington's ancestors had lived.
In choosing his team, Mr. Carter pledged vigorous ethical standards, but criticism of his close friend Bert Lance....the Budget Director....mounted, amid allegations of past business malpracticed.
Such domestic crises were soon overshadowed by new Middle East peace initiatives as Israel and Egypt consulted Washington over settlement proposals. Israel's Prime Minister, Mr. Began, had important "key steps" to outline to Mr. Carter.
Mr. Carter visited Egyptian President Anwar Sadat during a whirlwind six-nation tour in the New Year, and they cleared up misunderstandings about a Palestinian homeland.
Before returning home, President Carter had talks in Paris with President Giscard d'Estaing on economic subjects and on nuclear problems....both industrial and military....which had hampered progress on a possible strategic arms limitation agreement.
Jimmy Carter admitted the biggest mistake of his first year as President had been to raise public expectations too much, although he believed great progress had been made.