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President James "Jimmy" Earl Carter

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October 2008: 'Still, as cost-cutters weigh options, there is historic precedent. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter branded portraits an "unnecessary luxury" and directed his Cabinet members to use color photographs.'

June 2008: "This is hardly the first time a Democratic candidate has faced such a challenge -- Al Gore lost white voters by 12 points in 2000, and John F. Kerry lost them by 17 points in 2004 -- but it is a significantly larger shortfall than Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton encountered in their winning campaigns."

April 2008: 'Carter, the man who helped broker the historic peace agreement between Egypt and Israel in the late 1970s, has said he's simply on a "study mission" to support peace, democracy, and human rights in the region.'

October 2007: “I think that a superpower ought to be the exemplification of a commitment to peace,” Carter told Hybels, who nodded along. “I would like for anyone in the world that’s threatened with conflict to say to themselves immediately: ‘Why don’t we go to Washington? They believe in peace and they will help us get peace.’ ” Carter added: “This is just a simple but important extrapolation from what a human being ought to do, and what a human being ought to do is what Jesus Christ did, who was a champion of peace.”

January 2007: Another journalist, Rachel Ehrenfeld, in a thorough and devastating article on 'Carter’s Arab Financiers,' meticulously catalogues Carter’s ties to Arab moneymen, from a Saudi bailout of his peanut farm in 1976, to funding for Carter’s presidential library, to continued support for all manner of Carter’s post-presidential activities. For instance, it was the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), founded in Pakistan and fronted by a Saudi billionaire, Gaith Pharaon, that helped Carter start up his beloved Carter Center...

December 2006: The book, 'Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,' traces the ups and downs of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process beginning with Carter's 1977-1980 presidency and the historic peace accord he negotiated between Israel and Egypt and continuing to the present. Although it apportions blame to Israel, the Palestinians and outside parties -- including the United States -- for the failure of decades of peace efforts, it is sharply critical of Israeli policy and concludes that 'Israel's continued control and colonization of Palestinian land have been the primary obstacles to a comprehensive peace agreement in the Holy Land.'

December 2001: Lawyers from the State and Justice departments said yesterday that the United States must still respect the Algiers Accords. That executive agreement, approved by Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, released $7.995 billion in frozen Iranian assets and won the release of the hostages. A provision of that agreement forbade lawsuits. Government lawyers say the agreement is still binding; lawyers for the hostages argue that the more recent legislation takes precedence.

July 2002: Born 1924. Served in the Navy and Georgia state legislature, elected governor of Georgia in 1970. Served as President 1976-80. Active thereafter in international fair elections issues and Habitat for Humanity.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Carter Center Organization Aug 24, 2004
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Commission on Federal Election Reform (CFER) Organization Jan 10, 2009
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Department of the Navy Organization Apr 5, 2005
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Georgia (State Government) Organization
Director/Trustee/Overseer (past or present) Habitat for Humanity International Organization Apr 5, 2005
Supporter of (past or present) Realizing Rights Organization Feb 28, 2008
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) US Federal Government - Executive Branch Organization
Cooperation (past or present) Colleague/Co-worker of (past or present) James A. Baker III Person Jan 10, 2009
Advised by (past or present) Hodding Carter III Person Jan 15, 2004
Advised by (past or present) Clark M. Clifford Esq. Person Nov 21, 2005
Advised by (past or present) Lloyd Cutler Esq. Person Dec 12, 2008
Appointed/Selected Lawrence S. Eagleburger Person Apr 14, 2008
Supervisor of (past or present) Stuart E. Eizenstat Esq. Person Apr 5, 2005
Supervisor of (past or present) James Fallows Person Jan 26, 2008
Opponent (past or present) Successor to President Gerald R. Ford Person May 14, 2006
Appointed/Selected Abner J. Mikva Esq. Person Dec 12, 2008
Supervisor of (past or present) Vice-President Walter "Fritz" Frederick Mondale Person Apr 5, 2005
Supervisor of (past or present) Senator Edmund S. Muskie Person Jul 27, 2007
Opponent (past or present) Succeeded by President Ronald Wilson Reagan Person May 14, 2006
Representative to (past or present) Wayne Smith Person Jan 14, 2008
Opponent (past or present) Cooperation (past or present) Prof. Kenneth W. Stein Person Dec 9, 2006
Supervisor of (past or present) Appointed/Selected Admiral Stansfield Turner M.A. Person Jan 16, 2008
Appointed/Selected Prof. Elie Wiesel Person May 30, 2006
Financial Recipient from (past or present) Sheik Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Person Feb 6, 2007
Research/Analysis Subject Prof. Julian E. Zelizer Person Oct 15, 2012

Articles and Resources

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Jun 16, 2011 Call Off the Global Drug War (OP-ED)

QUOTE: [US] Drug policies here are more punitive and counterproductive than in other democracies, and have brought about an explosion in prison populations. At the end of 1980, just before I left office, 500,000 people were incarcerated in America; at the end of 2009 the number was nearly 2.3 million. There are 743 people in prison for every 100,000 Americans, a higher portion than in any other country and seven times as great as in Europe.

New York Times
Jul 17, 2009 Who is the CIA allowed to kill? Cheney's secret assassination program may be terminated, but the U.S. is already carrying out "targeted killings"

QUOTE: The United States has had plenty of legal latitude to carry out targeted killings during the so-called war on terror -- and has been exercising that option vigorously for the past eight years.

Dec 20, 2008 Truce in Gaza Ends, but May Be Revived by Necessity

QUOTE: Israel and Hamas accuse each other of bad faith and of violations of the Egyptian-mediated accord, and each side has a point. Rockets from Gaza never stopped entirely during the truce, and Israel never allowed a major renewed flow of goods into Gaza, crippling its economy. This is at least partly because the agreement had no mutually agreed text or enforcement mechanism; neither side wanted to grant the legitimacy to the other that such a document would imply.

New York Times
Oct 21, 2008 Official Portraits Draw Skeptical Gaze--Cost to Taxpayers Vaires but Can Reach Nearly $50,000

QUOTE: investing taxpayer money in the time-honored art of official portraiture has become increasingly controversial. In a throwback to the Jimmy Carter era, some fiscal watchdogs and government scholars suggest that high-quality photographs would be a more cost-efficient way to honor departing dignitaries, especially because most portraits are largely inaccessible to the public.

Washington Post
Jun 22, 2008 3 in 10 Americans Admit to Race Bias: Survey Shows Age, Too, May Affect Election Views

QUOTE: As Sen. Barack Obama opens his campaign as the first African American on a major party presidential ticket, nearly half of all Americans say race relations in the country are in bad shape and three in 10 acknowledge feelings of racial prejudice, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Lingering racial bias affects the public's assessments of the Democrat from Illinois, but offsetting advantages and Sen. John McCain's age could be bigger factors in determining the next occupant of the White House.

Washington Post
Apr 21, 2008 Hamas: No plan to recognize Israel

QUOTE: Carter's series of meetings with top Hamas officials this past week have drawn condemnation from the U.S. and Israeli governments for engaging in diplomacy with a group they consider a terrorist organization.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Feb 17, 2008 A Rotten Way to Pick a President

QUOTE: ...caucuses can be highly undemocratic. They eliminate the secret ballot, forcing voters to declare their loyalties publicly, and are thus vulnerable to intimidation and manipulation. If you can't show up at a specific hour, you can't vote...

Washington Post
Feb 03, 2008 A Clearer Picture on Voter ID

QUOTE: Supporters of [the voter ID] policy argue that...election fraud will be reduced. Opponents of an ID requirement fear it will disenfranchise voters, especially the poor, members of minority groups and the elderly, who are less likely than other voters to have suitable identification.

New York Times
Feb 01, 2008 McCain's Unseen Adversary: Ageism

QUOTE: [John McCain] faces more prejudice over his age than Obama and Clinton do over issues of race and sex.

Oct 28, 2007 The Evangelical Crackup

QUOTE: The phenomenon of theologically conservative Christians plunging into political activism on the right is, historically speaking, something of an anomaly. Most evangelicals shrugged off abortion as a Catholic issue until after the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. But in the wake of the ban on public-school prayer, the sexual revolution and the exodus to the suburbs that filled the new megachurches, protecting the unborn became the rallying cry of a new movement to uphold the traditional family. Now another confluence of factors is threatening to tear the movement apart.

New York Times
Aug 16, 2007 Judges Skeptical of State-Secrets Claim

QUOTE: Lawyers for the Bush administration encountered a federal appeals court Wednesday that appeared deeply skeptical of a blanket claim that the government's surveillance efforts cannot be challenged in court because the litigation might reveal state secrets.

Washington Post
Aug 16, 2007 CARE Turns Down Federal Funds for Food Aid

QUOTE: CARE, one of the world’s biggest charities, is walking away from some $45 million a year in federal financing, saying American food aid is not only plagued with inefficiencies, but also may hurt some of the very poor people it aims to help.

New York Times
Jun 11, 2007 Judge Throws Out Sentence in Teen Sex Case

QUOTE: A Georgia Superior Court judge today ordered the release of Genarlow Wilson, who has served two years of 10-year prison sentence for having consensual oral sex with another teenager at a party when he was 17.

New York Times
Jan 08, 2007 Ex-President for Sale

QUOTE: Carter is saying that no objective journalist or politician could actually believe that America’s support for Israel is based on moral and strategic considerations and not on their own financial self-interest....It now turns out that the shoe is precisely on the other foot. Recent disclosures prove that it is Carter who has been bought and paid for by anti-Israel Arab and Islamic money.
Dec 07, 2006 Carter Book on Israel 'Apartheid' Sparks Bitter Debate: Scholar Resigns From Ga. Center

QUOTE: '[Carter's book] concludes that "Israel's continued control and colonization of Palestinian land have been the primary obstacles to a comprehensive peace agreement in the Holy Land." Kenneth W. Stein, a professor at Emory University, accused Carter of factual errors, omissions and plagiarism in the book.'

Washington Post
Aug 23, 2006 Conflict of Interest Is Raised in N.S.A. Ruling

QUOTE: The federal judge who ruled last week that President Bush’s eavesdropping program was unconstitutional is a trustee and an officer of a group that has given at least $125,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union.

New York Times
Aug 19, 2006 News Analysis: Experts Fault Reasoning in Surveillance Decision

QUOTE: They said the opinion overlooked important precedents, failed to engage the government’s major arguments, used circular reasoning, substituted passion for analysis and did not even offer the best reasons for its own conclusions.

New York Times
Aug 18, 2006 Judge Rules Against Wiretaps: NSA Program Called Unconstitutional

QUOTE: A federal judge in Detroit ordered a halt to the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance program, ruling for the first time that the controversial effort ordered by President Bush was unconstitutional.

Washington Post
Aug 18, 2006 Ruling for the Law

QUOTE: A federal judge in Detroit declared the eavesdropping program to be illegal and unconstitutional. She also offered a scathing condemnation of what lies behind the wiretapping — Mr. Bush’s attempt to expand his powers to the point that he can place himself beyond the reach of Congress, judges or the Constitution.

New York Times
May 22, 2006 Commentary: No Sacrifices, Please: Conservation is too painful for this generation

QUOTE: feebates could end up penalizing individual consumers (rather than auto makers, as today's fuel standards do)...They're even opposed by some conservation fans, who worry that poor families, who often require larger cars, would be hurt.


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