More Time for Families
White House Conference Recommendations
Shortly after taking office, President Carter advised his staff to keep up their family lives despite job pressures. “I want you to spend an adequate amount of time with your husbands, wives and children, and involve them as much as possible in our White House life,” Carter said in a February 1977 staff memo. “… All of you will be more valuable to me and the country with rest and a stable family life.” Carter delivered a similar message to the members of his Cabinet.
Carter's staff and Cabinet did not doubt the president's commitment to family togetherness.1 But they found it difficult — if not impossible — to carry out his wishes. Like their predecessors, Carter's staff and ...