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For President Ford Northwert Arkantas TIMES, Sun., Oct. 20, 1974 · PAYITTCVILLE, ARKANSAS 7B Hartmann: An Alter Ego In The Oval Office WASHINGTON CAP) -- A warmly autographed picture of John Fitzgerald Kennedy sits on tlio mantle. To one side ot the desk, a news printer hums away where Rose Mary Woods' tape recorder once did. ' It is an impressive office, cream and yellow. And most notably it adjoins that of the President. It was here, before Miss Woods, that H.n. Halde- hian maintained the severest order witnessed at the White House since Sherman Adams. An outer sanctum through which few men passed to the inner. "Sure, it's ; got that magic door," said Robert Trowbridge Hartmann, silver hair flapping over brow, as .he.nodded towarc the Oval" Office. "And that's where the comparison ends," Still, it obviously is of no little consequence that Bob Hartmann , sits between the President's secretary and the President's ear, and that she answers to both men. Indeed, i is said around the White HOUSE that Hartmann, 57, is Gerald R 'ord's alter ego, a kindred pint, as Haldeman was to lichard M. Nixon. Assistant speechwriter Milton 'ricdman reduces the phe- lomenon somewhat simply: 'Hartmann and t h e President .. are harmony." INFLUENCE REFLECTED Friedman is in ,a position to judge, for Hartmann's influence s reflected first and foremost n Hie President's spoken word, lord's most noted lines -- "Oui ong national nightmare is over," and to Congress, "I do lot want a ' honeymoon with you, I want a good marriage 1 ' -- are spawned not by the 38th President, but by his top adviser. Hartmann was interviewed as he worked on a Ford speech to the United ' Nations, and he seemed at some pain about it It was really no test, he said, o the music they prefer to mak together. ' "It's different from what w generally want 'to do, because it's one of those things where you have to get a lot of collec ive views reflected. At the J.N., the President speaks as n institution .. . It's just not a matter ol communicating to the \merican people his own per- onality. 'But most of the lime we ignore .the old method, in which oil get about 20 people in- olved and then about the 6th draft goes to the President. That's 'just not for us .. ." Robert Hartmann, presides tiai friend, counselor, con- idante, troubleshooter a n d wordsmith. An old salt from .he press corps who still suffers ;he deadline'syndrome, who often procrastinates and then _ets up at 2 a.m. at his Maryland home to finish something the President wants first thins when he arrives at the office. "It drives him nuts," laughs Hartmann. Not that everything flows from his pen at the last mo ment. When Ford was sworn in he had a short, eloquent speed which expressed, ideas he anc Hartmann had discussed alone -- long before Richari Sixon resigned. SHARED THOUGHTS "He shared his thoughts with me" in those final days, said H a r t m a n n , "because h« couldn't share them with anyone else." There are many who view ferlmann's special relationship with the President with disdain, jerhaps with envy. "It's the Prussian guard all over again," said one Ford staffer who is not so privileged. "Just like Haldeman or (John) Ehrlichman." Certainly there's no love losl between Hartmann - and the people he disparagingly refers to as "the system" or "the establishment" around, the ad ministration -- meaning the Nixon holdovers. Hartmann is much creditec with keeping Fordy at arm's length from Nixon during the former President's plunge to resignation. And that slrateg; took shape even before Ford of ficially became vice president when Harlmann helped circum vent a White House plan for an elaborate swearing-in ceremony east defined, and he is usually n the East Room.' Instead, took the oath in the iouse. No secret was made of Hart- nann's running feud , with L, Villiam Seidman, now a key economic adviser, whom Ford tad brought lo Washington ear- y this year to reorganize the vice president's office. Hartmann, or so it would seem, has itlle use for studied organ- zation. But he and Seidman low claim to get along. "We learned better," said Harl- mann. "We both work for Gerald Ford." Yet it may be partially Hart mann's doing that Seidman, a millionaire accountant from Grand Rapids much admiret by Ford for his manageria creativity, works across the street from the White House rather than in it. Seidman hat been named by some as a prime candidate to replace th departing 'Alexander M. Haig as chief of staff. But Hartmann made it clear he wanted nei ther Seidman nor anyone els with such power. "That title Is going to he dis- olved and the man who re- laces Haig will be little more han an administrative assist- nt," vowed Hartmann at the imc. "And if I were Seidman, wouldn't want to waste my alents pushing paper. I cer- .ainly don't." T h e job sub- iequently went to Donald Uimsfeld, and press secretary ion Nessen officially confirmed he lesser responsibilities. TOP ECHELON At the White House itself, the op-echelon staff includes Hartmann, Counsel Philip Buchen Counselor John O. Marsh. Rumsfeld, and Nessen. In adddi- tion, Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger spends a good dea of time at his White House of (ice. "We are all No. 2s," says Hartmann. "No single one o r us, for example, will run tin staff meetings. And all of ui have ready access to.the Presi dent." But it is obvious that somi are a little more equal thar others. Hartmann's duties seem the most sweeping, and th iomewhere in the background f every presidential lurn. Buchen, whose office is a step away from Hartmann's -- and lence second closest to Ford's -- also spends much time with he President, though he insists hat "I merely provide legal ervice" and does not involve limself with policy or politics. In fact, Buchen has handled some of Ford's most ticklish asks, including Ihe pardon ol "Jixon. A less controversial job has en Buchen's direction of the j'ord transition, an assignmenl le began many months before Nixon departed. A one-time law partner of Ford in Grand Rap ids, Buchen recalls that, "The vice president didn't want any of his own staff involved . .. got a small group together and we would meet periodically building a sort of checklist." The process has been going on for weeks, and slowly the Nixon men and women arc being replaced. For the moi part it's been smooth, perhap due to Buchen's quiet, graciou manner. Buchen, indeed, is the genlla oul at the White House. He is frail man, crippled by polio 1931 as a teen-ager, and he cannot walk long distances vithout help. He is an incessant vorker, but rarely does he how impatience. He listens in- ently, and his words have a vit and charm reflecting both intellect and a love for looks. Hartmann's reputation, on he other hand, has grown to the point that his 1 father recently sent him a package of minerals used to make carbo- rundum, an abrasive for grinding metals. "So you'll know what you are," his father joked. Now Robert Hartmann is far more than Gerald Ford's .wordsmith, and the task, according lo his wife, is unyielding. "He brings his work home with him, even though sometimes he just falls asleep with it. He works so hard, I get so mad when. I read those things about him being so abrasive. "He's really such a nice guy." ' aiiiBiiiiiin Campus Calendar In Wide Ranging Roles MONDAY Civilisation Film Series, "Protest and Communication"; Mullins Library Visual Aids Aud., 3:30 4:30 p.m. Chemslry Depart, seminar; "-Amylase: The Story Revisited," Dr. John A. Thoma, SB 218, 3:30 p.m. Underwater Photography Exhibit by Bob Zehring; Arkansas Union Gallery, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Chemistry, Depart, seminar; "Towards a Theory of Water --Computer Simulation of Liquids," Dr. Neil S. Ostlund; CH · 209, 1:30 p.m. : Agronomy Depart, seminar; "Nutrition for Survival," Dr. -· Harriett McCoy; Room 115. Agriculture Building, 3:30-4:30 ; p.m. ' " . . ; Microbiology seminar; "Gene recombination in the bacterium Escherichia Coii." J. Lederberg and E. Tatum; Rm. 402, SE Building, 3:30 p.m. TUESDAY Underwater Photography Exhibit by Boz Zehring, Arkansas . Union Gallery, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. , -Anthropology an Adrchitecture lecture-discussion, Arthur M. I. Stern, architect; Hill Hall basement, 8:00 p.m. ·WEDNESDAY -'. Civilisation Film Series, "Protest and Communication"; Mullins Library Visual Aid6 Aud., 4:30 p.m. ; University-North Ark. Symphony Orchestra in concert, Ark. Union Ballroom, 8:00 p.m. ' Underwater Photography Exhibit by Bob Zehring, Ark. Union :; Gallery, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ·· Zoology Depart, seminar, "Conodonts -- A Paleontolpgical En: igma," Dr. Walt Manger| SB 418, 4:30 p.m. [THURSDAY Underwater Photography Exhibit by Boz Zehring, Ark. Union ; Gallery, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. FRIDAY . Underwater Photography Exhibit by Bob Zehring, Ark. Union Gallery, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. · Cross-Country Meet, Razor-backs vs. Southwest Missouri State; 'j Razorback Golf Course, 4:00 p.m. Actress Explains Emotional Agility NEW YORK (AP) -- Wide- apart roles are no problem for Mary Ure, who started her career as the Virgin Mary in medieval drama and has ranged since from period elegance to modern angry. "I am a people lover," the British actress explains her emotional agility. For garrlut stretch this season there are parts on Broadway and on tour in "Love for Love," a witty Restoration charade, and "The Rules of the Game," a distraught 19th century romance. 'I don't think human nature, las changed very much since the beginning of time," she dismisses any apparent differences in the feminine mystique of William Congreve's heroine Angelica and Luigi Pirandello's Silia three centuries later. The workout with the New Phoenix Company has given Miss Ure fresh challenge. The two plays were rehearsed simultaneously, under different directors, even , though one won't be publicly performed until the run of the other is com- pleted. The reason: reduced, iunding. For a leading lady who has directing ambition herself, such strenuous preparation proved rewarding. "Both are fascinating," she says o£ Harold Prince, stager of "Love "for Love," and Stephen Porter, calling signals for "The Rules of the Game." (The first opens at the Helen Hayes Theater Nov. 11, the second on Dec. 12). DIFFERENT APPROACHES "They appproach their work f r o m completely diff erenl points of view, which is very; Simulating for the actor. One las · to adapt to each man's thinking and way of working. 'I don't think the public ever realizes how adaptable, how diplomatic, a performer has to be in going from one part to another. "I think that's why Shirley Temple Black will be a great ambassador for you -- she's been adaptable ever since she went into the movies at 3%." That's heartening reassurance, perhaps, for the recently appointed envoy to Ghana. Miss Ure shows her own flair for tact when discussing the comparative virtues of play wrights past and present, or their interpreters on stage anc icreen. "I don't think that one car really make comparisons in the arts. Everything Is so individ ual and so different. There' Bach and there's Mozart. Anc in acting you can't say one per former is better than another That's why 1 dislike award very much." She doesn't conceal, however a personal preference for film vhich have monopolized most [ her thespic energies of late, ^he most recent Ure stage ap- earance in London -was in 963. Two years ago she partici- ated with her husband, Robert diaw, and Rosemary Harris in larold. Pinter's "Old Times" here., MOVIES DYING? "There are a lot of good film directors that I'd like to work or," she somewhat forlornly remarks, "although movies seem now to be a dying art. I lope not. "But whenever there's a depression, which we are in, in Europe and America, money gets very short and the arts are the first thing to go, It's very sad." Miss Ure was married to John Osborne, whose "Look Back in Anger" esatbh'sheci him and gave her an important acting boost. 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