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Character Above All: Ten presidents from FDR to George Bush

Wilson, Robert A., ed., Hentrick Hertzberg “Jimmy Carter” | Simon & Schuster, 1995


p. 179

Carter is a saint. But “ being a saint isn’t all kindness and sweetness and compassion. Being a saint, especially a saint in politics, is a very mixed proposition and not always a completely attractive one. Saints can be intensely annoying. They can be hard on the people around them. They can be blind to ordinary human feelings and ordinary human failings, including their own.”

p. 180

‘Carter was the first and is still the only candidate for President who ever used the word ‘love’–in its specifically religious and Christian sense–in virtually every campaign speech he delivered.’