NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 25, 1977
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(Studio) President Carter has so far tried to keep promise to let Vice President Mondale have something to do.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) Mondale has White House office near Carter's. [MONDALE - has tried not to get tied down to specific jobs done by department heads or agencies in order to be eyes and ears for President] Mondale keeps up with several areas at once and he and National Security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski talk several times daily. [MONDALE - asks about foreign relations] [BRZEZINSKI - answers question.] [MONDALE - tries to stay where crucial issues are, as President's time to work on important issues is limited.] Mondale believes he can be especially helpful in congress relations,which haven't been all smooth so far. [MONDALE - talks to Congman. Notes time in Senate and knowledge of many Congmen.] Some activities not of great importance, but public relations: like visit from actor Robert Redford. President often teases Mondale in public. [CARTER - mentions Mondale's world trip after inauguration; jokes about sending delegation to meet with Idi Amin.] Mondale says he and Carter are close. [MONDALE - can be very frank with President; notes awesomeness of president and meeting with President] Mondale keeps in close touch with top aides like Hamilton Jordon. [MONDALE and JORDON - joke with each other.]
REPORTER: Judy Woodruff