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.
CV President Carter taking President Oath at inauguration ceremony (SOUND)
LV President kisses wife, as guns fire salute
GV & LV Carter making first speech to U.N., on arms and peace (SOUND)
CV Carter advocate "human rights" stand at second news conference (SOUND)
MVs Leading Democrat Congressmen meet President to plan economic strategies
SV & MV President Carter visits off-shore oil rig (4 shots)
GV & MV Carter acclaimed by British crowd during visit to U.K. for Economic Summit (4 shots)
MV Members of U.S. Cabinet (including Bert Lance)
LV Bert Lance escorts wife to vehicle in car park
CV Carter announces Lance's resignation (SOUND)
LV President Carter walks with Israel's Prime Minister Begin to car, and shakes hands
MV & CV President Sadat escorts President Carter up steps of Aswan Airport building, and into visitors' lounge
WS & LV Carter walks down Champs Elysee with President Giscard d'Estaing
CVs President Carter greets guests at fund-raising ball in New York (3 shots)
CV President refers to country's successes in speech at ball (SOUND)
MV Carter anticipates "decent life ahead" through "co-operation" at news conference (SOUND)
CARTER: "I, Jimmy Carter, do solemnly swear....."
CHIEF JUSTICE: ".....That I will faithfully execute.....
CARTER: "....That I will faithfully execute....."
CHIEF JUSTICE: "....the office of President of the United States."
CARTER: "....the office of President of the United States."
The 20th January 1977... Mr. Jimmy Carter takes the Constitutional Oath and so begins his official term as President of the United States.
CARTER: "I want all of us to dedicate ourselves to a prolonged and persistent effort designed first to maintain peace and to reduce the arms race."
"I think that we all ought to take a position in our own country, and among our friends and allies, and among our particular adversaries, that human rights is something on which we should bear a major responsibility for leadership."
CARTER: "I accept Bert's resignation with the greatest sense of regret, and sorrow....he's a good man."
CARTER: "And now I think our nation stands as a beacon light, and that we can be proud of ourselves that we can restore the commitments that made our nation great....beginning 200 years ago....and we can also set an example for the world. "It's obvious we have a long way to go, but we can get to our destination of having a deeper life for all together in a constructive and co-operative fashion."
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Background: 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.