I’m grateful for the recent article from The Washington Post on Jimmy Carter. Here are a few things I learned.
Carter returned to Plains, Georgia when he was 56 years old. Carter has been an ex-president for 37 years, longer than anyone else in history.
He is the only modern president to return to the house he lived in prior to his presidency. His two-bedroom home is valued at $167,000, less than the secret service cars parked outside.
He flies commercial and usually walks the aisle, greeting the passengers.
“He doesn’t like big shots, and he doesn’t think he’s a big shot,” said Gerald Rafshoon, who was Carter’s White House communications director.
Carter costs taxpayers less than any of the other former presidents. About half as much.
Carter has used his post-presidency to support human rights, global health programs and fair elections worldwide through his Carter Center, based in Atlanta. He has helped renovate 4,300 homes in 14 countries for Habitat for Humanity, and with his own hammer and tool belt, he will be working on homes for low-income people in Indiana later this month.