President Jimmy Carter's style shows up crisp and clear in full natural color in the newly revised edition of "The Living White House."
This authorized version of the mansion's social history is revised periodically to include the new occupants. The new edition just out is the first to show Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter.
Other editions have concentrated on the pomp and circumstance of the house: the official dinners, the military parades. This edition, instead, shows a populist presidency. Mrs. Carter, her staff said, spent considerable time going over the photographs to be sure they were representive.
So what we see in the book are stock car racers picnicking on the White House lawn, President and Mrs. Carter stealing an intimate glance and word on the way to a NATO conference, Amy Carter hugging Misty the iat.
The pictures add up to a big picture of the Carter White House as a friendly, comfortable plaie run by people who don't stand on ceremony.
There is glamor and elegance aplenty, of course. West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt and his wife stand with the Carters in the Great Hall for an official portrait. And laughing Carters are seen coming up the North Portico in full-evening regalia with Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit.
Lonnelle Aikman, who has written the history since 1967, the first edition, notes, "Natural, 'spontaneous' and 'family' are words often used to describe the prevailing social style at the mansion." She goes on to say that the Carters have entertained on the White House lawns more than any other first family. And she cites the time that Carter sang "Salt Peanuts" with Dizzy Gillespie as evidence of the Carters' relaxed style.
And then there's the story about the time British Prime Minister and Mrs. James Callaghan stopped for a call and were invited to stay on for a Southern-style supper with movie afterwards.
Pictures also show some of the people who make the Carter style work, including Social Secretary Gretchen Poston and Head Usher Rex Scouten with maitre d'hotel John W. Ficklin.
The new edition spends more space than usual on the activities of the first lady. "Few first ladies have embarked on such far-reaching programs as Rosalynn Carter," writes 8 Aikmann, citing Mrs. Carter's efforts on behalf of mental health.
The book ends with the place where the buck stops. It recalls Carter's signing of the Panama treaties and the peace conference between Israel and Egypt.
The book is produced by the National Geographic for the White House Historical Association. Profits go to buy furnishings for the house.
The books will be sold at the White House during tours. They are also available for $2.60 by mail from the White House Historical Association, 5026 New Executive Office Building, 726 Jackson Place NW, Washington, D.C. 20506.