|A Full Life| by Jimmy Carter

IMG_8446<My most vivid and unpleasant memories are of cold weather> … <Strangely, I don’t really recall the discomfort of the hot summers days of South Georgia>

(about Rosalynn) <She was remarkably beautiful, almost painfully shy, obviously intelligent and yet unrestrained in our discussions of the rumble of seat of the Ford Coupe.>

<I heard my mother said to my sister, “Jimmy is so naive, so naive”.>

<There was a running debate whether I was a liberal or conservative with a conclusion that was being devious about my basic philosophy.>

<I wanted to do smth about Cuba.>

<During these confrontational times, I was always sensitive to the attitude of Soviet leader and tried to understand them as well as possible. Zbig Brzezinski made a droll comment that under Lenin the Soviet Union was like a religious revival, under Stalin like a prison, under Khrushchev like a circus, and under Brezhnev like the U.S. Post Office Department.>

<One of the most frequent questions I’ve had to answer has been, What was the greatest conflict between my religious beliefs and my public duties? The answer has always been “Abortion.”>

<After proceeding through Zagreb to Belgrade, we met with Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, who, like everyone I met, had first to recite a history of the region. I was thankful that he began with World War I instead of the twelfth century.>

<After writing ‘Why Not the Best?’ in 1974-75 for use in my presidential campaig, and ‘Keeping Faith: Memoirs of a President’ in 198-82 to explain aspects of my presidency, I found that I enjoyed writing.>

<By 1998 I was approaching my 75th birthday, and, considering how enjoyable and gratifying my experiences had been since my “retirement” from politics, I decided to write a book entitled ‘The Virtues of Aging’. Some jokesters commented that it would be the shortest book ever written.>

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