Jimmy Carter · President Barack Obama

Obama meets 47% video guy

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The POTUS was in my neck of the woods today, that is…if you count 15 miles northeast of Decatur, GA as part of my neck of the woods.

When I first moved to Georgia, I remember folks always used the term “up the road”.  I assumed, coming from New York City, that the term meant about 4 or 5 blocks.  That was not a correct assumption.  “Up the road” could mean as far as 1 to 5 miles.

So using the term “my neck of the woods” is not a far stretch, down here.


DECATUR, Ga. — President Obama on Thursday met the man who made “47 percent” part of Mitt Romney’s legacy.

Obama and opposition researcher James Carter, who released the infamous Romney fundraiser video, met backstage before Obama’s education event here, Carter’s cousin, Georgia state Sen. Jason Carter, told POLITICO.

Upon being introduced and told of James Carter’s role in the 47 percent video, Obama jumped forward to embrace him.

“Thank you, thank you so much,” Obama told James Carter, his cousin said.

Both Carters are grandsons of former President Jimmy Carter.


Environment · Jimmy Carter

Here comes the sun: White House to go solar!

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President Jimmy Carter had solar panels installed in the White House back in the late 1970’s.  President Regan promptly removed them when he came into office. 

To his credit, President George W. Bush used solar energy to power  a maintenance building and some of the mansion, and heated water for the pool.


Solar power is coming to President Barack Obama’s house.

The most famous residence in America, which has already boosted its green credentials by planting a garden, plans to install solar panels atop the White House’s living quarters. The solar panels are to be installed by spring 2011, and will heat water for the first family and supply some electricity.

The plans will be formally announced later Tuesday by White House Council on Environmental Quality Chairwoman Nancy Sutley and Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

Former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush both tapped the sun during their days in the White House. Carter in the late 1970s spent $30,000 on a solar water-heating system for West Wing offices. Bush’s solar systems powered a maintenance building and some of the mansion, and heated water for the pool.

Obama, who has championed renewable energy, has been under increasing pressure to lead by example by installing solar at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, something White House officials said has been under consideration since he first took office.

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Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter to resume book tour after hospitalization

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Former President Jimmy Carter is expected to resume his book tour Wednesday after spending the night in a hospital with an upset stomach.

Carter was taken Tuesday morning to MetroHealth Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was under observation and resting comfortably, the Carter Center said in a statement. His doctor recommended he spend the night at the hospital to rest, officials said.

“He is fully alert and participating in all decision-making related to his care,” the hospital said about Carter, who received a phone call from President Obama. “The decision to admit him overnight is purely precautionary.”

Emergency personnel were called to an incoming Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta for a passenger who felt sick, reported CNN affiliate WEWS. Upon arrival, they learned that the passenger was the former president.

Airport emergency crews performed an initial checkup and then transported Carter to the hospital.

Carter, who will turn 86 on Friday, was in Cleveland to sign copies of his new book, “White House Diary.”

He and former first lady Rosalynn Carter are known as fitness buffs who maintain active lifestyles.

Carter recently returned from a trip to North Korea, where he secured the freedom of U.S. citizen Aijalon Mahli Gomes.

During a September 20 appearance on CNN’s “Larry King Live,” Carter said he planned to stay busy in the future.

“I’ll stay involved in the Carter Center as long as I’m physically and mentally able,” he said. “I’m still a professor at Emory University. This is my 29th year as a professor. And I’ll still write a book every now and then.”