James Earl Carter, Jr.


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  • ''The root of the problem is not so much that our people have lost confidence in government, but that government has demonstrated time and again its lack of confidence in the people.''
    Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.) (b. 1924), U.S. president. Announcement Speech, National Press Club, Washington, DC, December 12, 1974, transcript in Speechwriters File: Nesmith, Box 1, Jimmy Carter Library, Atlanta, Georgia. Explaining the change he hoped to bring about as president.
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  • ''People make a big fuss over you when you're President. But I'm very serious about doing everything I can to make sure that it doesn't go to my head.''
    Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.) (b. 1924), U.S. president. Boston Evening Globe, p. 13 (February 28, 1977). He is answering a first grader who asked if it felt different to be president.
  • ''This is the first national administration we've ever seen where the housewife couldn't afford to buy groceries and the farmer couldn't afford to grow them.''
    Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.) (b. 1924), U.S. president. Bridge Dedication, Reed Bingham Park, Georgia, July 13, 1974, Addresses of Jimmy Carter, Governor of Georgia, 1971-1975, p. 274, compiled by Frank Daniel; Atlanta, GA: Ben W. Fortson, Jr., Secretary of State (1975). Criticizing the presidency of Richard Nixon; he had already decided to run for president himself but had not yet announced it.
  • ''Sadat was a great and good man, and ... his most bitter and dangerous enemies were people who were obsessed with hatred for his peaceful goals.''
    Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.) (b. 1924), U.S. president. Diary, October 6, 1981, quoted in Keeping Faith: Memoirs of a President, p. 269, New York: Bantam Books (1982). Comment upon hearing of an assassination attempt upon President Anwar Sadat of Egypt.
  • ''Ours was a highly activist administration, with a lot of controversy involved ... but I'm not sure that it would be inconsistent with my own political nature to do it differently if I had it to do all over again.''
    Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.) (b. 1924), U.S. president. Georgia Governors in an Age of Change, p. 250, edited by Harold P. Henderson and Gary L. Roberts; Athens: University of Georgia Press (1988). Commenting in 1985 on his governorship of Georgia, 1971-75.

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