CBS Evening News for Friday, Feb 17, 1978
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(Studio) Abraham Lincoln's comment with regard to future generations remembering Gettysburg Address quoted. Report with regard to recent lapse in president rhetoric.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) John F. Kennedy's speeches noted as example of recent president oratory. Films shown. [KENNEDY - gives inaugural address.] [Lyndon JOHNSON - gives inaugural address.] [Richard NIXON - gives inaugural address.] [Gerald FORD - gives address; mentions Constitution.] [Jimmy CARTER - speaks to Democrat conv.] President Carter's stated intentions with regard to plain talk cited; his success in talking to public analyzed. Senator Robert Byrd's urging with regard to 2nd Panama Canal treaty speech and his remarks with regard to need for 3rd mentioned. [U. of Maryland speech professor Dr. Kathleen JAMIESON - notes symbols Carter uses, but thinks this doesn't excuse type of rhetoric Carter puts across.] Press Secretary Jody Powell's efforts to keep any White House staffers from talking about Carter's communications problems noted. [JAMIESON - describes Carter's problems, using State of Union message as example Contrasts and compares Carter to Kennedy, Franklin Roosevelt, Ford and Nixon.] State of Union film shown. [CARTER - talks of cntry.'s problems.]
REPORTER: Roger Mudd