Starting The Political Year Off With Jimmy Carter’s First Press Conference For 1978 – January 12, 1978

Percentage of people in the U.S. who actually knew where Somalia was.

Percentage of people in the U.S. who actually knew where Somalia was.

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – NPR Special Report – Jimmy Carter Press Conference – January 12, 1978 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection.

This day in 1978 saw President Jimmy Carter give his first Press Conference of 1978. And by the looks and sounds of it, the political year would have enough drama to go around.

Taking center stage was the crisis in Africa between Somalia and Ethiopia, taking place around the Ogaden border area. President Carter warned the Soviet Union that a crisis would develop if the Russians continued engaging in “unwarranted interference” in the region and he urged talks to begin, saying “our hope is that the Somalis might call publicly for negotiations to begin immediately to resolve the Ogaden dispute”.

Other points brought up during the half-hour Press Conference centered around the removal of U.S. Attorney David Marston, a Republican, which was thought to be a political move. The accusations came in light of the fact Marston was getting ready to indict some prominent Democrats in Pennsylvania and some questioned whether or not President Carter stepped in as a political move, coming in despite campaign promises to appoint Federal prosecutors based on merit, not politics.

The subject of Tax cuts came up as well as Oil price monitoring, energy compromises, the Federal Reserve’s plans in the coming weeks and smoking on the parts of Jimmy Carter’s staff, in light of a campaign to get Americans to stop smoking.

The Press conference ran the gamut and was faithfully broadcast live by National Public Radio, January 12, 1978.

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