I want to be former president Jimmy Carter when I grow up. I mean, the guy turns 93-years-old this year, yet he is out there building houses for Habitat for Humanity, writing 23 books, teaching Sunday school, and observing elections in foreign countries. But that’s not all. On Monday, Carter won his second Grammy Award in the Best Spoken Word category. This time, it was for the audio book version of his memoir, “A Full Life: Reflections At Ninety.”
Carter is our 39th president, and one of his campaign promises, which he kept, was to never tell a lie to the American people. This remarkable man’s book might give us a few hints on how to not only live long, but live well.
Here are just a few of his accomplishments:
- 2016 Second Grammy award for reading “A Full Life: Reflections At Ninety.”
- 2015 Beat brain cancer.
- 2007 Grammy Award for his reading of “Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis.”
- 2002 Nobel Peace Prize for decades of efforts to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, advance democracy and human rights, and promote economic and social development.
- 1999 Presidential Medal of Freedom, along with his wife Rosalynn Carter, which is the highest civilian honor in the United States.
- 1998 United Nations’ Human Rights Prize for his activism
- 1989 The Carter Center observed 100 elections in 38 countries to help establish and strengthen democracies, Carter observed 39.
- 1986 The Carter Center nearly eradicated the Guinea worm disease, which affected 3.5 million people in 1986 and only 126 cases in 2014.
- 1982 founded the Carter Center with Emory University. Its mission is to advance peace and health worldwide in 80 countries.
- 1978 Carter mediated negotiations between Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, producing the Camp David Accords. Egypt was the first country to extend full diplomatic recognition to Israel.
- 1974 Habitat for Humanity, building homes for needy families in America, attended 32nd annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project this year.
- 1962 Political career: elected to the Georgia Senate, 1970 Alabama Governor, 1976 the 39th president.
- 1952 Carter helped develop a nuclear-powered Navy submarine.
President Barack Obama also received two Grammy Awards. The first was in 2005 for his book, “Dreams From My Father.” In 2007, he for “The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts On Reclaiming The American Dream.”
For more information about President Carter’s experiences, check out this video below: