Jimmy Carter

Tom Donilon, Serving Democratic Presidents For 30 Years

From President Jimmy Carter’s diary, Monday, August 11, 1980:

Monday evening the convention began. There were heated debates on the rules question. When the vote came we did better than we had anticipated, getting 1,935 votes–about a 700+ vote margin over Kennedy. He called me shortly afterward to say he was going to withdraw his name …

In the Arena In the Arena

Obama as Jeffersonian Carterite? Hmmm.

Walter Russell Mead, usually a very fine foreign policy thinker, has a piece in the new issue of Foreign Policy that sort of compares Barack Obama to Jimmy Carter…and to Thomas Jefferson in his attitudes about America’s place in the world. I don’t find it very convincing. Here’s Mead’s definition of a Jeffersonian foreign …