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Still Jimmy After All These Years

In my puerile, naive youth, I cast my first presidential vote for Jimmy Carter, an act that shames me to this day. I'm a little sad that so many continue to foolishly worship him, a man who never met a dictator (or, apparently, America-hating polemicist) he didn't like, in light of things like this:

As a candidate, Carter promised only that as president he would never tell a lie, thereby leaving himself a loophole for his post-presidential career as a fabulist.
Posted by Rand Simberg at August 11, 2005 09:32 AM
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Oh the shame! I was going to school in downtown KC during the 1976 Republican convention, and was so hoping that Ronald Reagan would get the nomination. Even Jimmy Stewart was in town promoting Reagan, I passed by him on the street, but no such luck. So my shame was to vote for the hapless Gerald Ford as my first ever presidential vote.

Posted by zztop at August 11, 2005 09:44 AM

Check out page 524 of Harry Turtledove's latest alternate history book "Settling Accounts: Drive to the East".

Posted by Raoul Ortega at August 11, 2005 09:52 AM

Cool. I did not know it was out yet!

Posted by zztop at August 11, 2005 10:01 AM

The other day I was just recollecting the irony of Jimmy Carter, when he was president, having surgery to remove hemorrhoids.

He got relief from the pain, but since he remained president afterward, the rest of us didn't.

Posted by McGehee at August 11, 2005 10:10 AM

For those of us that have semi-given up on Turtledove, what's the reference? I assume it has something to do with Carter?

Posted by Jeff Dougherty at August 11, 2005 10:35 AM

I remember Saturday Night Live having fun with that one.
I wasted my first vote also, and in the same election. I voted for Howard the Duck. He had mounted a lively write in campaign that I and many other servicemen followed with great interest.

Posted by JJS at August 11, 2005 10:38 AM

I may have done evil things in my mispent youth, but never have I voted for a Democrat.

Posted by Mark R. Whittington at August 11, 2005 11:40 AM

Of all the presidents of this last century, Jimmy is the one I respect the most. Though not as a president. Given that Carter's recall of the public debate is in error, you got to wonder whether his accusations against Will are similarly incorrect. Pretty sad.

Posted by Karl Hallowell at August 11, 2005 01:08 PM

Fortunately I had the good sense not to be born until 1962, so my first vote was for Reagan against Carter. Although Tennesse was still pretty yellow dog in the 70s, so I might have gone over to the dark side if I'd started voting a little sooner.

Posted by Bob at August 11, 2005 03:53 PM

The only President to undergo an anphibious assault from an Oryctolagus Cuniculus.

Posted by Mike Puckett at August 11, 2005 04:30 PM

We would have been better off keeping the hemorrhoids and ditching Jimah.

Posted by BDavis at August 11, 2005 07:40 PM

The most ineffective President since Hoover. A Woodrow Wilson wannabe, without the war or intellect.

Posted by Jim Rohrich at August 11, 2005 08:01 PM

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