November 25, 1998 |
"You are old when regrets take the place of dreams." --Jimmy Carter, "The Virtues of Aging" Former President Carter remembers clearly when reality struck, when he knew he had reached senior citizendom, a state he had until then rejected as only for older folks. He and Rosalynn and friends had ordered identical breakfasts at a cafe in Georgia, but when the bills came, Carter's was less. An honest man, Carter "called the waitress over and said, 'You made a mistake,' " he recalls.
January 3, 1993 |
To most Americans, politics is a dirty business in which operators--usually lawyers, lobbyists and special interests--indulge themselves at public expense. The current affinity for term limits grows out of decades of cynicism about the country's elected officials. There is ample reason for the public's sour mood. Scandals, abuse of voting rights, unrepresentative government dominated by self-serving advocates, all have punctuated our history.
August 14, 1988 |
Having penned the obligatory memoirs of his presidency, as well as weighty books on the Mideast, the "golden years" and the art of negotiation, Jimmy Carter, in "An Outdoor Journal: Adventures and Reflections," turns to the first love of his youth and the refuge of his stormy adult life: the primal world of hunting and fishing. The nation, it must be noted, has not been waiting breathlessly for this event.
March 1, 1992 |
Jimmy Carter's tight, measured script is in the margins of virtually every memo, report and briefing book that crossed his desk in the White House. Newly opened files at the Carter Presidential Library disclose that Carter, unlike some other modern Presidents, liked to put his thoughts on paper--usually on the paper that prompted the thought. He was a speed reader and preferred memos to meetings so he could deal more efficiently with issues presented to him.
February 2, 1992 |
For a moment here Saturday, as he appeared before the most exuberant crowd of the day, Vice President Dan Quayle could reach back into the past and snarl at the ghost of the last Democratic President. "Remember a guy named Jimmy Carter?" he asked supporters gathered at a senior citizens center. "You see what Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Congress did to us in the late 1970s? Weak. Impotent. Lost respect not only here at home, but around the world."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1991 |
In the Division del Norte elementary school here, the just-completed academic year ushered in the arrival of a new group of students-- Los Jimis, as they're known. A bus route was also born, painted signs on windshields proclaiming the destination--the neighborhood known simply as "Jimmy Carter." The year also saw the fulfillment of Mercedes Gomez Arcadia's lifelong ambition--a home for herself, her husband and three children.
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November 24, 1992 |
Strolling past honky-tonks and honking trucks, sizzling chorizo stands and endless stacks of plastic toys, former President Jimmy Carter took an impromptu walk through Skid Row with Mayor Tom Bradley on Monday afternoon. In town for two days to generate philanthropic support for inner-city projects, Carter spurned his waiting car, turned away from the city's gleaming towers of finance and law, and headed eastward into a bustling community of mostly poor people who cheered and shouted "Jimmy!
February 10, 1995 |
Want the baseball strike to end? Jimmy Carter can do it. At least he thinks he can--if only someone would ask. As sometimes happens with the 39th President of the United States, his earnest offers to help make peace have been ignored. "No matter," he says with a chuckle, figuratively turning the other cheek as he flashes the famous toothy grin, which ignites sparklers in his sky blue eyes.
July 25, 1997 |
Three former presidents, including two Republicans, on Thursday urged the GOP-controlled Congress to ban from U.S. elections all "soft money," the term for vast but unregulated contributions to the political parties. Such donations--made mostly by big business to Republicans and by big labor to Democrats--totaled more than $260 million last year, and they are now at the center of congressional investigations into campaign fund-raising abuses.
December 21, 2003 |
It's best to forget that Jimmy Carter's account of the American Revolution in Florida, the Carolinas and his native Georgia is supposed to be a novel. The former president has no more idea of how to write compelling fiction than we do, say, of how to broker peace between Israel and Egypt. Yet he has researched the period deeply and presented his findings with admirable evenhandedness.