James Earl ”Jimmy” Carter, the son of a peanut farmer, served as America’s 39th president, He celebrates his 95th birthday today.
He is the oldest living former U.S. president. Unpopular during his single term, Carter now holds a legacy as a champion of Human Rights, winning him the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize for his dedication to democracy, conflict resolution and development programs. As POTUS, Carter aspired to make Government ”competent and compassionate”, and responsive to the American people and their expectations. In an era of high energy costs, gas shortages, inflation, and continuing tensions in the Middle East, it was impossible for his administration to meet these high expectations.
He is also the recipient of three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word Album. He’s on his way to an EGOT.
Carter is a committed Christian, and yet he manages to not be a Republican. He chose not to attack Iran during a hostage crisis. He knew that America can easily win a war with Iran, but the death toll would be enormous. Elected to the presidency in 1976 as an outsider who promised to transform the nations cynicism, Carter served a tumultuous single term. President Jimmy Carter stands for: a woman’s right to her own reproduction choices, Equality for women, fighting racism; he is against the death penalty and against Guantanamo Bay and torture.
Carter has been rather gentle in his criticism of our current president, yet he did say this summer:
”There’s no doubt that the Russians did interfere in the election. And I think the interference, although not yet quantified, if fully investigated would show that Trump didn’t actually win the election in 2016. He lost the election and he was put into office because the Russians interfered on his behalf.”
President Gold-plated Rancid Lunchmeat responded with a tweet:
”…nice man, terrible president”
On the Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race, Carter told a town hall in Atlanta.
”I’m going to keep an open mind. One of the major factors I will have in my mind is who can beat Trump. I think it will be a disaster to have four more years of Trump.”
The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library in Atlanta will be celebrating Carter’s birthday today with extended hours and a free screening of the film Smokey And The Bandit (1977).