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Jimmy in the Lions' Den

Edward Sorel, born 1929
Menachem Begin, 16 Aug 1913 - Mar 1992
Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev, 19 Dec 1906 - Nov 1982
James Earl Carter, Jr., born 1 Oct 1924
Hua Kuo-feng, 1920 - 20 Aug 2008
Anwar Sadat, 25 Dec 1918 - 6 Oct 1981
Helmut Heinrich Waldemar Schmidt, 23 Dec 1918 - 10 Nov 2015
Watercolor and ink on paper
Other: 50.8 x 38.1cm (20 x 15")
Frame: 76.8 x 61.3 x 2.9cm (30 1/4 x 24 1/8 x 1 1/8")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Restrictions & Rights
© Edward Sorel
Object number
Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev: European\Russian
Helmut Heinrich Waldemar Schmidt: European\German
Menachem Begin: Middle Eastern\Israeli
Anwar Sadat: African\Egyptian
Hua Kuo-feng: Asian\Chinese
Exhibition Label
President Jimmy Carter's Cold War policy continued the détente initiated by his predecessors, but forcefully emphasized human rights. In his Time cover, caricaturist Edward Sorel points to the confusion and hard feelings caused by Carter's efforts to please both parties to a dispute, to achieve too much on too many fronts simultaneously, and to frame his foreign policy on moral principles for a world that generally did not welcome his preachings. For example, he wanted the Soviet Union to consider new arms limitation proposals, but he undercut these efforts by constantly criticizing that country for failure to protect human rights.
The "lions" hovering around Carter are (counterclockwise from top right): Soviet general secretary Leonid Brezhnev; Israeli premier Menachem Begin; Egyptian president Anwar Sadat; Chinese Communist Party chairman Hua Guofeng; and German chancellor Helmut Schmidt.
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