President-elect Jimmy Carter began the new year with a visit to his hospitalized mother and a long conference with the chief talent-hunder for his administration.
Carter told reporters he had gone to sleep early Friday and woke up for 10 minutes to celebrate the new year with his wife Rosalynn, and daughter, Amy.
"Amy and I set the alarm clock for five minutes to 12," he said. "We woke up and watched Guy Lombardo and Times Square, and five minutes after midnight, we were back in bed asleep."
Carter chatted with reporters at the hospital in nearby Americus, where he paid an early-morning call on his mother, Lillian Carter, who came to the lobby in a wheelchair.
Mrs. Carter, appearing in good spirits, said her New Year's resolution was never to "drink another speck of sweet sherry," like that a friend had sent her for her New Year's toast.
Carter spent most of his morning in a meeting at his home with Hamilton Jordan, Carter's campaign manager and director of the incoming administration's talent search.
There were no announcements of specific jobs, but both men said they planned to discuss White House staff positions, sub-Cabinet posts in the departments and appointments to a number of independent agencies.
Jordan told reporters at the Plains airport that they were also "beginning to look at the regulatory agencies."
Among the positions outside the Cabinet departments mentioned by Carter were the chairmanships of Energy Research and Development Administration, the Federal Energy Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Council on Environmental Quality.
Jordan added the General Services Administration and the Small Business Administraton to the list, but said any discussion of the Federal Bureau of Investigation directorship would await a recommendation by Attorney General-designate Griffin B. Bell.
Carter and Jordan portrayed the process of filling sub-Cabinet jobs as one in which the Cabinet members would have more influence than the President-elect.
Carter said of his Cabinet appointees, "Generally, they take the intiative," in filling their top commands, but Carter noted he can veto their suggestions "and vice versa."
Jordan said Carter has given the Cabinet designces "broad latitude" in filling the positions, which are formally at least presidential appointments.
"In the final analysis," Jordan said, "the process tips in favor of the Cabinet secretary. The governor is not going to force a deputy or assistant secretary on a Cabinet appointee."
Jordan said he expected most of the names to be made public before the Jan. 20 inauguration, but Carter asked reporters not to "pin me down" on when he would confirm selections for the White House staff and the remaining administration jobs.
Carter said he had not talked to President Ford recently, because "he's been on vacation," but Carter reiterated his appreciation for his predecessor's cooperation in the transition of power.
"He's been extraordinarily nice to me," Carter said, adding that members of the incoming Cabinet were "glowing in their praise" of the help from their counterparts in the Ford administration.
Carter's mother told reporters she expected to be out of the hospital and walking again before the inauguration.
She said she was being treated for "muscle spasms," which she said she had acquired "because I like Joe Namath so much. I've got the same thing he's got." Namath has been plagued with knee troubles and other medical problems throughout his football career.