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Lance Resignation #495469

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 21, 1977
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(Studio) Bert Lance resigns as OMB director and President Carter accepts. Lance's letter of resignation quoted. Carter says Lance made right decision and gives own thoughts on Lance. (Film shown.) [CARTER - cites intimate knowledge of Lance and feelings with regard to Lance's ability to do job; believes Lance cleared name in Senate testimony. Accepts resignation with regret.]
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Studio) In letter, Lance says he believes name and reputation have been cleared. Carter says he doesn't know all details and doesn't have time or inclination to learn.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Carter says Lance informed him of decision on Tuesday afternoon, and that he didn't disagree, but didn't ask Lance to resign. [CARTER - says Lance couldn't serve completely as OMB director and needs to go home and take care of financial problems. Believes Lance's integrity and honor have been proven.] [Reporter Bob SCHIEFFER - asks if Carter would have wanted Lance to stay if he hadn't wanted to resign.] [CARTER - is hard to say. Has had large number of people ask him to keep Lance.] [Reporter Sam DONALDSON - asks if Lance has avoided appearance of impropriety, or if there is wow standard now.] [CARTER - says standards have been and are high, and have been in Lance's case. Doesn't think he can find new OMB director that will be as close to him as friend and adviser as Lance has been.] Other Carter comments cited.
REPORTER: Bob Jamieson

(DC) Lance's day is busy one; activities noted.

(DC) Lance and wife, LaBelle, meet with President in afternoon, on Lance's last day in office. president's reluctance to let Lance go noted. (Films of earlier mtgs. with press shown.) [CARTER - notes decision was Lance's; they discussed matter as friends, not as subordinate and superior, and minds seemed to run in same direction.] Lance affair leaves White House a little duller and tarnished, and president a little hurt.
REPORTER: Tom Pettit

(DC) Some in Congress disagree that Lance cleared name. (Film shown.) [Senator Charles PERCY - feels for President and Lance family, but had told Lance that Senator had duty, and he intended to do his duty, regardless of personal feelings.] [Senator Jacob JAVITS - says affair shows president is human and that Congress may make mistakes, but usually gets back to home base.] [Senator Sam NUNN - believes Carter decision to let Lance testify to committee was right decision and that affair won't cause long-term damage, though he can't say what short-term damage.]
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Studio) Late in afternoon, Mrs.LaBelle Lance comments on affair. (Film shown.) [Mrs. LANCE - had nothing to do with resignation; didn't think husband had to resign and believes he could do well in any job. Says Lance is honest, good and she's proud of him.] Segment 3 to deal with Lance resignation.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

Brinkley, David;
Chancellor, John;
Jamieson, Bob;
Pettit, Tom

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