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    The President of the United States, Mr.

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    LV, GV AND CU Billy Carter U.S. President Jimmy Carter's brother speaking to newsmen (3 shots)

    SV President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, U.S. President Carter and Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, seated and signing Camp David accords, then handed to Secretary of State Cyrus Vance

    SV AND GV Chinese Vice-Premier Teng Hsiao-ping and President Carter and wives listen to national anthem son White House lawn (3 shots)

    SCUs AND GVs President Carter and Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev sign SALT II agreement in Vienna and then embrace (3 shots)

    GV PAN AERIAL AND SVs People around wreckage near Tabas, Iran (4 shots)

    SV President Carter speaking to television audience

    GVs Abandoned helicopter and assorted wreckage near failed rescue mission site (3 shots)

    GV AND SV Rosalyyn and Amy Carter look on as President Carter places wreath on Tito's tomb in Belgrade (2 shots)

    GVs Cars on Chicago freeway (Carter speech under) (2 shots)

    SV Lighting and heating control panel in New York building (2 shots)

    SV President Carter in car waving to blacks in Miami ZOOM IN Blacks heckling President with police standing by (4 shots)

    SV PULL BACK TO GV President Carter seated in Detroit with union leaders

    SCU PULL BACK TO SV President Carter announcing help to car industry with leaders behind

    TRANSCRIPT: CARTER: "Late yesterday afternoon I cancelled a carefully planned operation which was underway in Iran to position our rescue team for later withdrawal of American hostages who've been held captive since November 4th.

    "The mission on which they embarked was a humanitarian mission. It was not directed against the people of Iran. It was not undertaken with any feeling of hostility toward Iran or its people."

    CARTER: "The energy crisis is real. It is world-wide. It is a clear and present danger to our nation. These are facts and we simply must face them."

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    Background: The President of the United States, Mr. Jimmy Carter will appear before the Democratic Party on Monday (11 August) expecting a majority of the delegates to honour their pledges to back him as their Presidential candidate for a second term. And according to the latest polls he will be nominated despite a recent concerted effort to open the convention, giving the delegates the opportunity to change their minds and back Senator Edward Kennedy. President Carter's popularity recently fell to an all time low as his record in office came under close scrutiny by both his political opponents and the American news media. But he has stepped up his campaign in the last few days to explain his Presidency.

    SYNOPSIS: The so-called "Billygate" affair came at a crucial time in Jimmy Carter's re-election campaign. His younger brother Billy's dealings with the Libyan government hit the headlines, as allegations flew that the President had been influenced by the relationship. But the President, in a television address to the nation, denied the charges hoping to end the controversy.

    According to political observers, President Carter's priorities in government have been good ones. The Camp David peace accord was a great personal triumph--but the question of Palestinian autonomy is still unresolved.

    President Carter president over what he called "the day of reconciliation" between the United States and China. Vice-Premier Teng was greeted at the White House with great fanfare and it was stressed that the normalisation of relations would aid world peace.

    Five months later President Carter signed a new Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT II), after six and a half years of negotiations between the Soviet Union and the United States. But he already faced bitter opposition to the agreement in Congress and the document was never ratified. Relations between the world powers have since steadily deteriorated with strong American opposition to the presence of Soviet troops in Afghanistan. President Carter led the boycott of the Moscow Olympics in protest.

    But it was the handling of the Iranian hostage-taking affair which subjected the President to enormous criticism. He took personal responsibility for the disastrous rescue mission attempt in late April. The American public blamed a decline in American power and prestige for the Carter administration's failure to secure release of the hostages. So Carter took action.

    Mr. Carter was criticised for not attending President Tito's funeral. So in a conciliatory gesture he visited Belgrade in June to lay a wreath on Tito's tomb and praise Yugoslavia's non-aligned international role. And when he returned home he applied himself to domestic issues that could make or break his re-election.

    President Carter's long-fought for energy bill is beginning to cut oil consumption--but talk about continued austerity is not popular campaign material.

    The President went to Miami in June after the worst racial rioting since the turbulent sixties. But though he had won the black vote overwhelmingly in 1976, he was greeted with hostility. Recession and high unemployment has especially affected the country's fifteen million blacks.

    In July--now in the midst of an uphill attempt to win the backing of the American electorate, as well as his own party--President Carter promised the ailing car industry aid worth a billion dollars.

    The President also has promised a comprehensive economic programme. But his attention at the moment is focused on winning back his party's backing.

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