Carter’s book: “This may be my last chance to assess White House years’

Word is flying around that former President Jimmy Carter has been hospitalized in Cleveland, after complaining of not feeling well on the flight there.

This from the Carter Center:

While on a flight to Cleveland, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter developed an upset stomach, and, upon arrival, was taken to Metro Health Hospital for observation. He is resting comfortably and is expected to resume his book tour this week.

Carter had been scheduled to make a 1 p.m. appearance just east of Cleveland to sign copies of his new book, “White House Diary.” Carter was scheduled to call Atlanta for a 20-minute interview – which I’d planned on using for a Sunday column – on his way back to the airport.

Carter’s election as governor in 1970 forged the alliance between black and white voters kept Georgia Democrats in power through the end of the century. It would have been worth asking the former president what he thought the chances were for a revival of that partnership.

His publisher’s schedule had Carter – who will turn 86 on Friday – making 16 appearances over 38 days, through Oct. 29, traveling from New York as far as Seattle and Salt Lake City. An Oct. 13 book-signing had been scheduled at the Carter Presidential Library.

When first released, “White House Diary” made a splash of headline’s for Carter’s contention that then U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, who died last year, thwarted the 39th president’s effort to pass health care reform.

Here’s hoping Carter is back on his feet quickly.

But this quote from the former president, contained in a press release enclosed with review copies of his book, jumped out at me last night:

“This may be my last chance to offer an assessment of my time in the White House, and to comment on how the United States and the world have changed since then. As I look back, I am proud of what we accomplished.”

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22 comments Add your comment

lmno

September 28th, 2010
1:13 pm

Get well soon, Mr. Carter!

When Hell Freezes Over

September 28th, 2010
1:18 pm

“This may be my last chance to offer an assessment of my time in the White House”

That’s OK. I believe that the public did its’ assessment when you ran for a second term.

Dave the man

September 28th, 2010
1:42 pm

“This may be my last chance to offer an assessment of my time in the White House”

Hey Jimmy! No need to write a “book”, ONE word: DISASTER.

D.C. Alexander

September 28th, 2010
1:42 pm

I lost respect for him years ago after he stiffed the Georgia architectural community in his selection of a designer from Hawaii for his library. The fight he picked with the late Sen. Kennedy was churlishness at its most refined. I am about as uninterested in his opinion as I am Andy Young’s. It’s past time for them to leave the stage – ah, but their egos won’t let them.

moe

September 28th, 2010
1:44 pm

remember mr pr the world love u u r d greatest pr in d history of u.s.a

God's Speed

September 28th, 2010
1:47 pm

Here’s hoping President Carter a speedy recovery. For his numerous failings as President, he has been a good ex-President on the whole and has helped some people through his actions.

Georgia Girl

September 28th, 2010
1:48 pm

Best wishes for a speedy recovery

about time

September 28th, 2010
2:01 pm

Wishing you a speedy recovery President Carter

North Avenue Ned

September 28th, 2010
2:02 pm

Carter’s was a failed presidency, regardless of the man’s essential goodness. He was in waters far too deep for him and was called upon to make decisions he was incapable of making. He did the best he could, but his opinions and viewpoints are no better now than they were in 1977. Hope he gets well soon.

maryland

September 28th, 2010
2:03 pm

Please have some respect for OUR distinguished former president. He has compassion for all peoples and has done great work since leaving office. These are the greatest accomplishments of his lifetime of SERVICE to our country. I wish President Carter a speedy recovery!

pcBobby

September 28th, 2010
2:06 pm

If you look at it from historical perspectives, Bush’s presidency was a much bigger failure. Many forces outside of Carter’s control contributed to his downfall. One could not say that about George W. Bush who chose to engage in irresponsible tax cuts, an illegal oil war and disdain for constitutional principles. Many in this forum incorrectly howl that Carter was a mean micromanager, but that description should be applied to the Bush/Cheney team which wasn’t much different than Nixon with his enemies list.

DW

September 28th, 2010
2:07 pm

Get well, Mr. President.

Dave the man

September 28th, 2010
2:10 pm

pcBobby

LMAO!!!

82Dawg

September 28th, 2010
2:26 pm

OMG an upset stomach….really???? This is so news worthy.

lmno

September 28th, 2010
2:27 pm

I guess since Carter wasn’t comfortable funding the Nicaraguan Contras or trading guns for hostages with Iran, that he wasn’t good, huh?

I mean, after all, we are so proud of the next President and how his guys liek Ollie North sold cocaine in the US to illegally fund the Contras who were creating all sorts of human rights violations like rape and targeting health care workers.

All in the name of spreadin democracy, huh?

Disaster

September 28th, 2010
2:33 pm

Obama needs him to live so he doesn’t become the worst president ever.

findog

September 28th, 2010
4:07 pm

The 1974 oil embargo took out the best president we’ve had in my life time [Ford], his replacement [Carter], and had the economy not rebounded by 1983 it would have taken out Reagan too

tom H

September 28th, 2010
4:18 pm

To When Hell Freezes Over: I’m sure you will be there.

Dave the man

September 28th, 2010
5:09 pm

LOOKOUT!!! It’s a killer rabbit!

WE have lost our way

September 28th, 2010
5:30 pm

Jimmy,I believe you could write a book about growing peanuts. We already know about your term as President.Peanut book a best seller.White House Diary not so good.

When Hell Freezes Over

September 28th, 2010
5:40 pm

tom H:

Look forward to seeing you there, Tom! Have a nice trip.

Avinash Machado

September 30th, 2010
1:52 am

Carter is more loved for his post presidency work than his presidential work.