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.

Still stumped?

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

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5 Comments so far

  1. GaZ (unregistered) on December 1st, 2006 @ 12:20 pm

    “Awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Nonviolent Peace Prize, 1979”

    LoL… do they have a “MLK Jr. Violent Peace Prize”?? :)

  2. Roger (unregistered) on December 1st, 2006 @ 6:07 pm

    His last book, “Our Endangered Values” is very good. I am more of a liberal Christian than Mr. Carter on scripture, but he is right on point on the harm that fundamentalist Christians and the far right are having on our country. The war in Iraq is an obvious case in point.

  3. Mark (unregistered) on December 1st, 2006 @ 9:48 pm

    While I wholeheartedly agree with the endorsement of Jimmy Carter as a gift to the world, I don’t see how he’s Atlanta’s gift. A product of rural Georgia, ya know. I grew up not far from our former president, tho seperated by a chasm of years. Just seems to pushing it a bit. ;-)

  4. sel (unregistered) on December 1st, 2006 @ 11:29 pm

    His awesome performance gave us 8 years of Reagan and 4 years of Bush which paved the way for another 8 years of Bush.

  5. Maigh (unregistered) on December 4th, 2006 @ 8:42 am

    I love it. Blame one president for two more presidents elected by the people.

    Are you still working through “issues” about your parents spanking you and not giving you an allowance, too?

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