Plains, Georgia

As a journalist in the late 1970s I developed a fondness for Plains, Georgia.

It was the hometown of our peanut-farmer president, Jimmy Carter, and a place where I could get a quote out of his mother Lillian; sister Ruth,  or better-yet, brother Billy, good enough to hang a story on, if I asked the right questions.newsweek-brother-billy-cover

I remember rather unfondly that long drive to Plains from the Atlanta airport, but more pleasantly I remember the feeling I always got in Plains that this president was of decent, albeit a little wacky sometimes, stock.

The 39th president of the U.S., James Earl Carter was for me the most down-to-earth leader this country has had in my lifetime.  He was a former Georgia Senator and Governor, but somehow didn’t act like others of the political establishment in this country at that time, or now.  He was maybe too down-to-earth and too naïve to get himself reelected, unfortunately.   He got shellacked by the first actor this country has elevated to the highest office, Ronald Reagan.

In recent years I have found his comments and opinions about the politics and politicians of the day sometimes pretty irrelevant and often just plain wrong, but there is one thing I cannot fault him for at all and that has been the way he, along with wife Rosalyn, has led his life as a former president.

Just this past March, with the passing of George H.W. Bush, Carter became the country’s JIMMY_CARTER_Habitat_for_humanityoldest living former president.  Still a Sunday school teacher at his church, Carter’s continued peacekeeping and humanitarian work since leaving office have gained him a lot of admirers.  The image of him in hardhat at a Habitat for Humanity house-building site is perhaps what most people will remember of him when he is long gone.

So there was no question when I was traveling up to Atlanta from Florida a few weeks ago with some spare time on my hands that I would take the detour to Plains to spend the afternoon.  Enjoy the photos.



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5 Responses to Plains, Georgia

  1. Leslie Dreier says:

    Thank you for this.

    Interesting that my copy, at least, was sponsored by Feragamo Shoes. An amusing incongruity.

    On another note, I’m in N Y for a couple of days on the way to NH. Had some extra time so took the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and then the ferry from Lewes VA to Cape May. It’s a great way to travel north.

    Here it is mid May and I don’t think the thermometer reached 50 today. Oy!



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  2. WalkingE says:

    Nicely done. Not the greatest president ever, but certainly one of the great citizens and human beings. Habitat is simply amazing, and one we have supported.


  3. ROGER HAINES says:

    Ron, you are know the serious envy of your sister-in-law, Beth!
    She’s been dying to visit Plains for some years now. I think she might just go ahead and do it!


  4. ROGER HAINES says:

    NOW not “know”…Eeek!


  5. Billy sent me some of his beer, back then!Jim This communication and any attachments may include privileged, confidential and/or copyright information or material.  It is intended for the addressed recipient(s) only.  The contents have not to be disclosed to anyone other than the recipient.  If you are not the intended recipient, please note that any dissemination, distribution or copying of the e-mail and any attachments thereto is strictly prohibited and it may be unlawful.  If you are not the recipient and have received the email in error, please return it to the sender, delete the email and destroy copies of it.


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