Former President Jimmy Carter celebrates his record setting 97th Birthday today, and this is a cause for national celebration!
The 39th President of the United States has lived more than two and a half years longer than the second longest lived President, George H. W. Bush, who died in November 2018 at the age of 94 years and about five and a half months.
Carter surpassed Herbert Hoover in 2012 as the longest retired President, and on January 20 of next year, he will have survived as a former President for the amazing total of 41 years!
His wife, Rosalynn Carter, turned 94 in August, and the couple have been married longer than the Bushes were, a total of 75 years as of July of this year.
The basic decency, compassion, empathy and genuine nature of Jimmy Carter stand out as virtues not shared by many Presidents, although Joe Biden fits those descriptions for sure.
While Carter has not stood out in polls of experts or of the general public as outstanding, it is a certainty that his historical ranking will rise after his eventual passing.
Carter will be remembered:
for the Egyptian Israeli Camp David Accords;
for the Panama Canal Treaty;
for his environmental activism, ranking as the most successful one term President in this regard, and ranked as number 3 all time by environmental historians, just behind Theodore Roosevelt and Richard Nixon
for his brilliant intellect, with many thinking he is one of the few Presidents to have an extremely high IQ;
for his promotion of the values of human rights around the world in office and ever since leaving office through the Carter Center;
for winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for all of his good works;
for demonstrating what true religiosity was, as he was a genuine “good Christian” rather than being a hypocrite as so many supposedly devout people have been and continue to be;
for engaging in building housing for the poor through Habitat For Humanity;
for creating three Cabinet agencies, in Health and Human Services, Education and Energy;
and for having the closest, most engaged Vice President in history in Walter Mondale, who was a team for more than 40 years until his death in April of this year.