I read a magazine article recently about our former living Presidents. They are George H W Bush, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W Bush.
While one reads only infrequently about them making public appearances together, apparently they see each other quite regularly. There is even a downtown Washington, DC, townhouse set aside for their use.
According to the article, when they get together, they don’t discuss the political views they either share, or, do not share. Instead, they discuss personal health issues and projects they share or do individually. They all realize their names on an effort can make the difference in fund raising and public approval.
Jimmy Carter has always been the President I’ve found most interesting. He has a certain level of idealism and the creative mind to put the idealism to work in ways not considered by other people.
He is arguable the worst politician of all of them. Demonstrating this less than perfect political skill, he was the only one of the four who had something candid to say about their collective lives as ex Presidents, “We all have our sorrows.”
One wonders what those might be for each. Is it the things we have come to know about each as failures, Clinton’s sexual escapades, Carter’s hostages and W Bush’s invasions. Or, were they inside things, like betrayals of close people thought to be loyal.
Politics is such each will go to the grave with both loyal supporters and bitter enemies.