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  • Jimmy Carter - White House Diary
    unpacked our belongings after returning to our home in Plains Georgia I was surprised to find twenty one large volumes of double spaced text a total of more than five thousand pages I still have the original document in my home and one copy has been sequestered in the Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta Until now none of the diary entries have been revealed except when snippets have been used in museum exhibits or when I have quoted brief excerpts in books I have written about official matters Recently though I reread parts of the diary and was struck by the number of subjects that were of common interest to me and other presidents And so almost thirty years after leaving the White House I decided that it would be worthwhile to publish excerpts from my diary I also decided that it would be useful to add explanatory notes to help the reader understand the context of the entries bring to life the duties of a president offer insights into a number of the people I worked with and point out how many of the important challenges faced by our country remain the same When preparing this book I decided not to revise the original transcript despite a temptation to conceal my errors misjudgments of people or lack of foresight Instead I chose to use the unchanged excerpts from the diaries that I considered to be most revealing and interesting For the sake of compression I concentrated on a few general themes that are still pertinent especially Middle East peace negotiations nuclear weaponry U S China relations energy policy anti inflation efforts health policy and my relationships with Congress I also included some elements of my personal life that illustrate how it feels and what it means to

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  • Jimmy Carter - White House Diary
    private diary He provided unvarnished assessments of cabinet members congressmen and foreign leaders he narrated the progress of secret negotiations such as those that led to the Camp David Accords he recorded his thoughts impressions delights and frustrations When his four year term came to an end in early 1981 the diary amounted to more than five thousand pages This extraordinary document has never been made public until now By selecting the most illuminating and relevant entries Carter has provided us with an astonishingly intimate view of his presidency Day by day we see his forceful advocacy for sustainable energy nuclear containment human rights and peace in the Middle East We witness his interactions with such complex personalities as Teddy Kennedy Henry Kissinger Joe Biden Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin We get the inside story of his so called malaise speech his bruising battle for the 1980 Democratic nomination and his relentless efforts to resolve the Iranian hostage crisis Remarkably we also get Carter s retrospective comments on these topics and more thirty years after the fact he has annotated the diary with his candid reflections on the people and events that shaped his presidency and on the many lessons

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  • Jimmy Carter - White House Diary - Photos
    REVIEWS LINKS BUY WHITE HOUSE DIARY MACMILLAN CARTER LIBRARY AMAZON BARNES NOBLE INDIEBOUND BORDERS POWELL S WALMART A Look Inside The Book Farrar Straus and Giroux September 20th 2010 30 00 Hardcover 592 pages ISBN 978 0 374 28099 4

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  • Jimmy Carter - White House Diary - Events
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  • Jimmy Carter - White House Diary - The Carter Legacy: The Early Years
    second nuclear submarine Return to Plains As a long stream of neighbors black and white came to pay tribute to his father in the final days before his death from cancer in 1953 Jimmy Carter came to believe that he could make a greater difference by returning to his hometown than he could even as a rising Navy officer I had only one life to live and I wanted to live it as a civilian with a potentially fuller opportunity for varied public service Carter remembers After they returned to Plains Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter focused on building the family farm and rearing their children Jimmy concentrated on improving the crop and connecting with the community serving on county boards supervising education the hospital authority and the library Rosalynn studied accounting and took over the office of the Carter farm supply business Public Service for Georgia In 1963 Jimmy Carter won his bid for the state senate seat in Quitman County after contesting the initial results which had been rigged by the local boss a state legislator backed by the old Democratic Party machine in Georgia After losing the election for governor in 1966 to segregationist Lester Maddox Carter ran again in 1970 and won He became Georgia s 76th governor on Jan 12 1971 tackling disorganization in government and waste in the Capitol improving race relations opening state jobs to African Americans achieving tax reform and reforming the state s prison system Rosalynn Carter used her influence to help improve mental health services in the state I say to you quite frankly that the time for racial discrimination is over The test of a government is not how popular it is with the powerful and privileged few but how honestly and fairly it deals with the many who must depend upon it Jimmy Carter Inaugural Address as Governor of Georgia January 12 1971 Race to the White House Jimmy Carter s rise to the presidency was one of the most remarkable ascents in American political history He was all but unknown to the public through much of 1975 Less than a year later he was the party s candidate for President When he ran for President the Vietnam War had just ended and Richard Nixon had resigned the presidency in disgrace A deep cynicism about the federal government was growing and earning people s trust became a crucial goal of Carter s campaign The American people wanted a president and a government they could trust and candidate Carter promised he would never lie to them His secret weapons his family and the Peanut Brigade a group of some 100 friends from Georgia who went state to state knocking on hundreds of thousands of doors to vouch for Jimmy Carter in person The tactic paid off with wins in the early races in Iowa New Hampshire and Florida catapulting him from unknown to Democratic Party frontrunner While this was a new strategy in the 1970s today nearly every presidential candidate

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  • Jimmy Carter - White House Diary - The Carter Legacy: Presidential Campaign and the Carter Presidency
    deploying new SS 20 missiles aimed at Europe His determined response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan economic sanctions including a politically explosive embargo on grain sales boycott of the Moscow Olympics and the arming of the Afghan resistance eventually helped lead the way to a powerful resistance with broad international support and eventual Soviet withdrawal While instinctively opposed to the unnecessary use of military force the strong defense policies of his administration helped set the stage for the end of the cold war Robert M Gates CIA Director under President George H W Bush and Secretary of Defense under both President George W Bush and President Obama wrote in his 1996 book From the Shadows The Ultimate Insider s Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War I believe historians and political observers alike have failed to appreciate the importance of Jimmy Carter s contributions to the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War He was the first president during the Cold War to challenge publicly and consistently the legitimacy of Soviet rule at home Carter s human rights policy by the testimony of countless Soviet and East European dissidents and future democratic leaders challenged the moral authority of the Soviet government and gave American sanction and support to those resisting that government SALT and Arms Reductions Many critics who assailed the Panama Canal treaties also attacked President Carter s aggressive proposal for deep cuts in U S and Soviet nuclear arsenals and the strategic arms limitation agreement he negotiated with the Soviet Union in 1979 Although the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan made ratification of the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty SALT politically impossible both sides continued to honor provisions throughout the Cold War and his deep cut proposals became the basis for arms control agreements under both Presidents Reagan and George H W Bush Relations with China President Jimmy Carter established full diplomatic relations with the People s Republic of China reversing an era of estrangement between the United States and China that began after communist takeover of the mainland in 1949 U S Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford initiated dialogue with China but agreeing to full diplomatic relations was a major step Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping came to the United States in January 1979 to formalize an agreement and Deng and Carter remained lifelong friends The commitment to diplomacy on both sides led to new good will increased trade and other vital connections between the nations Energy Policy President Carter s relationship with the Congress was frequently rocky due to his disinclination to defer controversial issues Nonetheless his legislative record of success was 76 4 percent placing him third highest among post WWII presidents Johnson 84 4 Kennedy 83 0 A notable example of tackling tough issues despite the political consequences was his four year struggle to give America a national energy policy that would reverse growing dependence on imported petroleum and move the country toward alternative sources of

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  • Jimmy Carter - White House Diary - The Carter Legacy: Post-Presidency
    the Sudan and Liberia Sudan In the Sudan President Carter and the Carter Center s Conflict Resolution Program worked for more than a decade to find a peaceful resolution to the country s civil war Among the program s achievements was the negotiation of the 1995 Guinea worm cease fire which gave international health workers including the Center s Guinea Worm Eradication Program an unprecedented period of almost six months of relative peace allowing health workers to enter areas of Sudan previously inaccessible due to fighting This was the longest humanitarian cease fire ever achieved in Sudan s long civil war In 1999 an important breakthrough for peace occurred when President Carter brokered the Nairobi Agreement between the governments of Sudan and Uganda in which the governments pledged to stop supporting rebels acting against each other s governments and agreed to eventually re establish diplomatic relations Cuba In May 2002 President Carter was the first former or sitting U S president to travel to Cuba since 1928 In an unprecedented live speech broadcast on Cuban radio and television President Carter speaking in Spanish called on the United States to end an ineffective 43 year old economic embargo and on President Castro to hold free elections improve human rights and allow greater civil liberties Analysts said it was the first time in 43 years that citizens had heard any public criticism of the Cuban government much less direct condemnation of human rights violations President Carter wrote in his report from the trip I anticipated President Castro would be upset but he greeted me after the session Middle East As part of a decades long commitment to peace in the Middle East that began during his presidency President Carter led a landmark and somewhat controversial study mission to Israel the West Bank Egypt Syria Saudi Arabia and Jordan in the spring of 2008 The goal of the visit was to explore what conditions would be necessary from all actors including those previously excluded from discussions by the United States and Israel to facilitate peace with security for Israel and peace with justice for the Palestinians As part of this visit President Carter met with leaders from Hamas a political party the U S administration had labeled a terrorist organization and Syria a nation whose relationship with the United States was severely strained at the time Although President Carter realized his visit would engender mixed reactions from Americans he also noted that the majority of Israelis 64 percent at the time of his visit supported direct peace talks between Israel and Hamas Election Observation Under President Carter s leadership The Carter Center has become a pioneer in the field of election observation helping to strengthen democracy by serving as an independent neutral monitor in more than 70 elections throughout the Americas Africa and Asia President Carter has led dozens of these election missions When it comes to elections said Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa Carter is the most listened to voice in the world After elections The Carter Center guides the growth of democratic institutions to ensure that there is respect for rule of law and human rights that government decisions are open and transparent and that everyone can have adequate resources to compete fairly for public office Panama The Carter Center s first election observation was in Panama in 1989 The mission was co led by President Carter President Gerald Ford and former Belize Prime Minister George Price General Manuel Noriega was confident of victory but when it became clear that his candidates had lost badly he falsified the results President Carter denounced the fraudulent election to the world media saying in Spanish Estan ustedes honestos o ladrones Are you honest or are you thieves General Noriega s candidates never took office and eventually he was ousted by U S troops Nicaragua In 1990 President Carter again was a voice for democracy in the Americas when he convinced leftist Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega to concede the election he had lost I went to see him said President Carter There were nine Sandinista comandantes cabinet members in the room I met with them and told them in no uncertain terms that they had lost They were in a quandary about how to accept it I told them that I also had lost when I ran for re election I never wanted to go back into politics but I told them that if they accepted the defeat graciously they had a chance to run again in the future Indeed after several unsuccessful runs for re election Ortega was elected Nicaragua s president again in November 2006 during the fourth Nicaraguan election observed by The Carter Center Human Rights Human rights has been a constant theme throughout both the Carter presidency and post presidency and has become emblematic of Jimmy Carter His constant advancement of human rights throughout the world and his campaigns for the release of political prisoners in virtually every country he visited have been credited with the release of tens of thousands of such prisoners in the decades that followed his time in elective office With The Carter Center as their vehicle President and Mrs Carter have spent the decades after leaving the White House attacking a host of seemingly insoluble problems throughout the world alleviating unnecessary suffering from preventable diseases mediating political conflicts and building stronger democracies that protect human rights Habitat for Humanity Since leaving office President and Mrs Carter have volunteered one week a year to build homes for Habitat for Humanity a non profit organization that helps needy people in the United States and in other countries renovate and build homes for themselves Religion Throughout his life President Carter has been active in church work and for decades in his post presidency has taught Sunday school in Plains at the Maranatha Baptist Church In October 2000 after much soul searching he broke with the Southern Baptist Convention over what he considered to be its increasingly rigid and

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  • Jimmy Carter - White House Diary - Media
    Smithsonian Associates November 29th 2010 Reliable Sources on CNN October 31st 2010 Al Jazeera with Riz Khan October 31st 2010 Real Time with Bill Maher October 30th 2010 The Today Show Weekend October 30th 2010 Jimmy Carter Visits Kepler s Books and Magazines in Menlo Park CA October 29th 2010 Jimmy Carter on Deregulation Health Care Marketplace October 27th 2010 Download the Episode mp3 Republican Congress Carter Says May Be Good for Country King5 News PolitiKing October 27th 2010 BBC World News America October 27th 2010 The Joy Behar Show October 27th 2010 Hardball with Chris Matthews October 25th 2010 Tavis Smiley October 25th 2010 President Carter visits Panorama City school Los Angeles Times October 25th 2010 Jimmy Carter visits St Genevieve answers kids tough questions LA Daily News October 25th 2010 AirTalk on 89 3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio October 25th 2010 Download the Episode mp3 Charlie Rose September 28th 2010 Truly Madly Purely Jimmy Maureen Dowd New York Times September 21st 2010 The Brian Lehrer Show September 20th 2010 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart September 20th 2010 The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon Thurs 11p 10c Jimmy Carter www thedailyshow com Daily Show Full Episodes

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