President Jimmy Carter honored on President's Day

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email

PLAINS, GA (WTVM) -  The nation's 39th president, Jimmy Carter, gave a speech in his hometown of Plains, Georgia for President's Day.

Can you imagine a better way to spend President's Day than with a former president? Several lucky students had that opportunity.

"This is a holiday from school and whoever wanted to go, could once we filled up the bus. It was 7th and 8th graders who wanted to learn more about Jimmy Carter," said middle school teacher Jackie Brown.

President Carter spoke to hundreds of students from all over Georgia about growing up in Plains, his involvement with the civil rights movement and in honor of President's Day, he talked about his favorite president, Harry Truman.

President Jimmy Carter said, "Had it not been for Harry Truman, Martin Luther King Jr., and Lyndon Johnson I would have never been president. It was that liberation of Americans from 100 years of racial segregation that made it possible for a southerner to be considered seriously for the top political office in our land."

Carter shared with students that the Panama Canal Treaty was his most fulfilling moment in office, while the 1979 hostage situation was the worst. Kids had the chance to ask President Carter some questions and then have him autograph a book for them.

Emiline Myers is in the 5th grade and spent her day out of school visiting President Carter's National Historic Site. She told News Leader Nine, "I got to see Jimmy Carter speak in front of everyone and it's cool because it's a president speaking on President's Day."

President Carter also talked about his work with Habitat for Humanity.  He and his wife still travel all over the globe and help build homes. Their next build will be in Haiti.

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