It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like… Jimmy Carter’s Birthday

We all have our idiosyncratic weirdnesses, right?  Boy, I hope so.  Mine are legion, but there’s one of annual import: I send Jimmy Carter a card every year on his birthday. 

I know he goes in and out of vogue as a leader (though he’s never gone so far out of style as that suit).  His presidential term was short and not so sweet, but his post-presidential acts of charity and service have been, well, the best example of what an American leader should be — just check out his Nobel lecture. Plus he’s the first president to ever have written a novel with sex in it.  Heh heh.

Anyway, in case anyone else would like to join me in the celebration of the October 1 birthday of Nobel Prize Laureate James Earl Carter, Jr. (he’ll be 84 this year), I send the cards to his old home, where he still sometimes leads a Sunday school class:

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
300 North Bond Street
Plains, Georgia 31780

I believe the president likes cards that are a little funny and a little sweet, but you should send whatever you want.  Say hi to Rosalynn, too.

(If you need a little pepping up about Carter prior to sending your very best, check out these excerpts from his 1977 energy speech.  Then talk yourself — and me, if you have time — down from trying to re-elect him today.  He’s only 12 years older than John McCain).


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4 Responses to It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like… Jimmy Carter’s Birthday

  1. Pasquino says:

    I knew this about you, but I’d forgotten it, much like I forget most birthdays. Good on you for doing it, though. I can’t be bothered to do something everyday, let alone every year. It’s all I can do to shower and brush my teeth. If I had to shower, brush my teeth, and then, once a year, remember someone’s birthday, I’d probably just collapse.

    I exaggerate, though only a little. So far this year, I’ve managed to remember every birthday I was supposed to. Damnit. Almost every birthday. I forgot my brother’s, but I did call him a day or two later.

    The election in ’79 was the first election I really noticed, and I only remember support Reagan because my parents supported Reagan. Keep in mind, I was eight and hardly cognizant of much beyond the Dukes of Hazzard (mmm…Bo Duke) and a burgeoning taste for horror fiction. I’m happy to say things haven’t changed much since then.

    Happy birthday former President Carter.

  2. Jenn says:

    I get an Amazon reminder for Jimmy Carter’s birthday, otherwise I’d never remember. You have forty-seven computers, right? Use them, man! They’re there for good as well as evil.

    I have exactly the opposite memory from the first election I was conscious of — my mild mannered mother cursing about Ronald Reagan and our then-governor, a Republican. Formative experience, for sure.

  3. Kristen says:

    When I try to tell people things about you, my friend Jenn, this is one of the things that gets mentioned first. šŸ™‚

  4. Jenn says:

    Ah ha! So it’s officially become a defining trait. Eeeexcellent.

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