James (Jimmy) Earl Carter
Thirty-Ninth President, 1977-1981
Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.) was born October 1, 1924, in the small farming town of Plains, Georgia, and grew up in the nearby community of Archery. His father, James Earl Carter, Sr., was a farmer and businessman; his mother, Lillian Gordy, a registered nurse.
He was educated in the Plains public schools, attended Georgia Southwestern College and the Georgia Institute of Technology, and received a Bachelor degree from
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As one person wrote, Jimmy Carter went after his own goals, without guiding the opinions of others. He wanted to achieve, but he did not crave power. To excel at politics, politicians must lust after power and not shy away for using it.
Jimmy Carterís presidency was apolitical failure not because he was lazy, stupid, cowardly, or immoral. He was a political failure because he was very much a failed politician.
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