The first time I saw President Jimmy Carter was when, in the 1960s, I covered a 3rd District Democratic Party convention at Americus, Georgia. He immediately stood out as he walked down the aisle of the Rylander Theater auditorium where the convention was held. His hair style reminded me of President John F. Kennedy’s, as did his radiant smile. I said to myself at the time, that man is going to make news politically. Sometimes I get it right.
He still has that hair and that radiant smile and , at age 89, is still making news. His advanced years have not stopped him from writing books and going on national TV to promote them. David Letterman devoted a lot of his Monday night show to interviewing President Carter about world events and Carter’s latest book A Call to Action.
The book is about the worldwide abuse and violence against women, and how religion has been and is being used to subjugate them. In the book he writes that the depravation of women and girls is the most serious and unaddressed worldwide challenge. He says it is “largely caused by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare, unfortunately following the example set during my lifetime by the United States.”
To be able to do what he does at his age is quite impressive. His energy level and ability to entertain as well as inform was as high as anyone I have seen on the Letterman show. His performance should be an inspiration to senior citizens everywhere.