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Carter’S Qualifications

Derb is narrowly right only in the sense that Carter met the constitutional “qualifications” to be Prez, but using the term this way is essentially meaningless, since that “qualifies,” what, 200 million Americans? By the common-sense understanding most citizens use, he was only thinly qualified. His own mother had the right insight about him: When Jimmy, then finishing his term as governor, told his family that he was going to run for President, she said, “President of what?” A prominent Atlanta businessman who was invited to have lunch with Governor Carter to discuss his presidential campaign assumed that Carter meant to run for the presidency of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He was better qualified for that.


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