“I have one life and one chance to make it count for something… My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.”
― Jimmy Carter
My most historic moment in Nicaragua was meeting President Jimmy Carter on Ometepe Island three years ago. Read my story here. Our Visit with President Jimmy Carter
I admire Jimmy Carter for these great accomplishments:
1. He created the Department of Education
Of course, because I have had a lifetime career in the field of Education, I believe this was a bold and necessary move to separate it from the overburdened Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
2. He installed solar panels in the White House.
This demonstrated to the world that he was serious about conserving energy, which truly starts at home. Then, when Ronald Reagan moved into the White House, he had the solar panels removed because he thought they were silly!
3. He granted amnesty to Vietnam draft-dodgers. Although this was seen as a controversial move, it was gutsy and brought needed closure to an issue that needed closure in order to move forward.
4. He returned the Panama Canal to Panama.
Another bold move that made the U.S. look confident, instead of paranoid and petty.
I admire his strong faith and his service to others through Habitat for Humanity, the eradication of the Guinea worm in Africa, and the establishment of the Carter Center. He has a tremendous desire to make his life count. As a result of his philanthropic deeds, he is renowned world-wide for his dogged determination to bring basic human rights to those who are unable to secure them for themselves.
Written for Alisa’s Travel Theme: History.