On Monday (22 November) Mr. Jimmy Carter went to the White House and met President?
On Monday (22 November) Mr. Jimmy Carter went to the White House and met President Ford for the first time since the President election.
SYNOPSIS: President-elect Jimmy Carter arrived at the White House after briefings at his home in Plains, Georgia, from Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and George Bush, the Director of the C.I.A. The Carters were greeted by the Fords on the south lawn of the White House -- normally used for state visits. While posing for photographers, Mr. Ford suggested to his successor that another international, economic summit and a meeting with NATO representatives might be desirable early in Mr. Carter's tenure. The President-elect replied that it would give him an opportunity to get acquainted with foreign leaders.
As Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Carter went inside to have a tea and tour the living quarters, the President took Mr. Carter to the Oval Office to continue their talks. The session lasted for an hour. In brief remarks for newsmen after the meeting both men stressed that they intend to make the transition of power a success. Mr. Carter thanked the President for "making it possible to learn in this way". He said it was reassuring to him, and he hoped to the rest of the world, that the transition between administrations was being conducted in a way that harnessed the enormous strength of the American economy and people.
Mr. Carter's Press Secretary said after the meeting that the President-elect still felt he was unlikely to travel abroad in his first year in office.