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President Jimmy Carter: A Man Of The People

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“I'll never tell a lie. I'll never make a misleading statement. I'll never betray the confidence that any of you had in me. And I'll never avoid a controversial issue.” President Jimmy Carter said this when addressing the people. He assured them of his trustworthiness and kept to this for the whole of his presidency. Throughout his period in office, President Carter made many choices to focus on domestic affairs and handle multiple goals at a time. These are the attributes that made him, and many other presidents, effective leaders of our country.

President Carter entered office with a humble but solid background. He grew up on a peanut farm in Georgia but continued on to serve in the Navy and become the Governor of Georgia. President Carter studied at Georgia Southwestern College and Georgia Institute of Technology before transferring to the United States Naval Academy and earning a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in 1946. He also did graduate work involving reactor technology and nuclear physics at Union College. The topics he studied were very relevant to the energy issues he conquered during his presidency. After serving in the Navy for 7 years and frequently moving to better positions, President Carter was elected to serve as a member on the Georgia State Senate. He made many advances in the quality of education for all children. However, he made many more changes once he was elected as Governor of Georgia. First, he launched a statewide kindergarten program and made strides to improve education for mentally handicapped children. As Governor, President Carter also promoted equal rights for women and all races. His great actions as Governor gave him experience to become an effective President and make changes to improve the government as a whole.

Jimmy Carter was a champion of human rights. As a closing of his Inaugural Address, President Carter addressed his goals for his term as President. He said, “And I join in the hope that when my time as your President has ended, people might say this about our Nation:
—that we had torn down the barriers that separated those of different race and region and religion, and where there had been mistrust, built unity, with a respect for diversity;
—that we had ensured respect for the law, and equal treatment under the law, for the weak and the powerful, for the rich and the poor”
These promises were a main focus of his presidency. In order to fulfill his promises, President Carter appointed many blacks, Hispanics, and women to government...

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