President Trump has recently conducted a series of televised conversations with lawmakers as well as with regular citizens.
Forty-one years ago, President Jimmy Carter held a similar unscripted discussion, answering questions from callers during a live radio broadcast from the Oval Office.
“Ask President Carter,” moderated by the CBS anchor Walter Cronkite, was broadcast on the afternoon of March 5, 1977.
由哥伦比亚广播公司(CBS)主播沃特·克朗凯特(Walter Cronkite)主持的这个节目 《问卡特总统》(Ask President Carter)在1977年3月5日的下午播出。<纽约时报中英文网 http://www.qqenglish.com/>
Mr. Cronkite invited listeners to call the White House at 900‐242‐1611. According to CBS, more than 9 million Americans tried.
Some of the dozens of questions that Mr. Carter answered were distinctively of the late 1970s: about the gas tax, Mr. Carter’s pardoning of draft dodgers in Vietnam and the early days of the U.S. space shuttle program.
Others — about tax overhaul, drug abuse and relations with Cuba — still resonate today.
One caller asked why members of Congress were getting a $12,000 raise while Mr. Carter was proposing that taxpayers receive a rebate of only $50.
“Gerald, that is a hard question for me to answer,” Mr. Carter replied.
“I’m sure it is,” the caller said. “That’s why I thought I would throw it at you.”