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The Best of Notable Quotables; December 25, 1989

Vol. Two; No. 26

The Real Jimmy Carter Award



"Perhaps the Democrat who best personifies this republic of virtue is former President Jimmy Carter. His reputation burnished by the elevated tone of his retirement, Carter would actually bring to the task energy, integrity and his legendary distaste for congressional business as usual. He could even boast a made-to-order campaign slogan: ‘After the Wright stuff, why not the best?’"

-- Time Senior Writer and former Carter Administration official Margaret Carlson recommending a new House Speaker, June 5 issue.

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"While Reagan peddles his time and talents to the highest bidder and Gerald Ford perfects his putt and Richard Nixon struggles to gain a toehold in history, Carter, like some jazzed superhero, circles the globe at 30,000 ft., seeking opportunities to Do Good."

-- Stanley Cloud, Time Washington Bureau Chief, September 11 issue.

"The person we have chosen this week [as "Person of the Week"] has continued his life with distinction, considerable grace, and with a very strong commitment to peace and justice...In the public’s mind, the scales were never balanced. Carter’s successes in foreign affairs, peace between Egypt and Israel, renewed respect for the United States in Latin America, have always been outweighed in the public mind by the hostage crisis."

-- Peter Jennings on ABC’s World News Tonight, May 12.