It has been reported that former president Jimmy Carter has fallen and broken his hip on the way to a turkey hunt. The 94-year-old had to undergo surgery after he fell at his home in Georgia on Sunday morning. It looks like the fall wasn’t a concern of his as he was more concerned with turkey season ending and “he has not reached his limit.”
A statement from his office said, “He hopes the state of Georgia will allow him to roll over the unused limit to next year.” We’re glad to hear he’s thinking positively!
Jimmy Carter was born on October 1st, 1924. Prior to becoming the 39th president of the United States, he would pursue an education at Plains High School in Georgia before going on to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland. He also began undergraduate coursework in engineering at Georgia Southwestern College.
He was granted admission into the Naval Academy by 1943 and graduated 60th out of 820 midshipmen in the class of 1946 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He became greatly interested with the U.S. Navy’s fledgling nuclear submarine program and was sent to the Naval Reactors Branch of the Atomic Energy Commission in Washington, D.C. for three-month temporary duty.
Carter’s political career began in 1963 when he was Georgia’s State Senator. This was when the civil rights movement was underway and Carter was a staunch supporter of racial tolerance and integration. He became the Governor of Georgia in 1971 and declared in his inaugural speech that “the time of racial discrimination is over. … No poor, rural, weak, or black person should ever have to bear the additional burden of being deprived of the opportunity for an education, a job or simple justice.”
On December 12th, 1974, Carter announced that he would be running for president. His speech and his campaign consisted of themes of domestic inequality, optimism, and change. He was in office as sitting president from 1977 to 1981.
Carter ran for president again in 1980 but was beaten in a landslide against Republican president-elect Ronald Reagan. By 1982, Carter had founded the Carter Center, which was a non-governmental and non-profit organization with the purpose of advancing human rights, alleviating human suffering, and improving the overall quality of human life.
He and his wife, Rosalynn, also worked as volunteers of Habitat for Humanity and they have also enjoyed hobbies such as painting, wood-working, and tennis in their spare time.
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