Atlanta’s Second Gift to the World
Atlanta’s second gift to the world has been known to frequent a in Augusta during The Masters.
In 2002, as a member of the faculty at Emory University, he won the Nobel Peace Prize “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”
The foundation established by he and his wife aims to “wage peace, fight disease and build hope”. He’s recently published a new book called “America’s Moral Crisis” and has an immaculately landscaped “Center” named after him tucked into a fork in the road. A road built (presumably) in his honor. A road called Freedom Parkway, also called the Presidential Parkway.
Then you’re an idiot unworthy of the peanuts I want to throw at you.
Our second gift is Jimmy Carter, a man who made human rights a priority in his life after office. He didn’t sit back in a wingback chair smoking fat cigars and making a mint selling more BS political propaganda – he got out there and continued to work on the things he believed in. Hallaluja for ideals, and hallulja for sticking to ’em.
Sure, he wasn’t elected to office a second time, but do you remember that even after his defeat he continued to negotiate the release of American hostages? Iran released the 52 Americans the same day President Carter left office.
Haven’t visited the library because you were lacking a reason? Consider Preschool Visitors – Monday Book Nook and Garden Safari or to hear guests speak like Broughton Coburn co-editor of “Himalaya: Personal Stories of Grandeur, Challenge and Hope” or Kati Marton author of “The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World” (a few of Decembers offerings, free and open to the public).
And now for a list of pukaloid trivia bits yanked from Wikipedia about our fair Georgia peanut farmer that I found particularly endearing chock-full of more GA ties:
- Jimmy Carter was the first former Governor of Georgia to serve as president.
- Jimmy Carter was the first president born in a hospital.
- In sequence, Jimmy Carter was the 39th president to serve but the 41st to be born. George H.W. Bush was the 40th born and George W. Bush was the 42nd born.
- Jimmy Carter’s original legal name was James Earl Carter, but he eventually changed his legal name to Jimmy. (As I may some day. Not to Jimmy, obviously)
- Carter once greeted Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother of the United Kingdom with a kiss on the lips. Angered, she reprimanded him by saying, “No man has done that since my husband died.”
- Awarded a D.E. (honoris causa) from Georgia Tech in 1979
- Awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Nonviolent Peace Prize, 1979