On this eve of former President Jimmy Carter’s 88th birthday, a bit of perhaps overlooked presidential trivia is in order. Earlier this month, on September 6 to be exact, Carter broke the record for living the longest post-presidential life. This is not to be confused with the U.S. president who lived the longest life, but rather he who has lived the most time since leaving office. Until this September, the record was held by our 31st president, Herbert Hoover, who left office in 1933 and died in 1964. Now turning another year older but whether living or not, President Carter will hold this quiet distinction for at least the next 20 years!
Monthly Archives: September 2012
Of all the timeless and elegant automotive creations I admire– and aspire to own– this uncomplicated ’80s classic remains at the top of my list. There’s nothing quite like a well-maintained factory original to command my attention, in red of course. Recalling my prize sighting two years ago, a 560 SL is still the one in my book!
The “Right” Phone?
The iPhone 5 is now officially on its way, almost an entire year after some of us had thought it might be. If you’re wondering if this is indeed the right phone for you, consider a bit of simple reasoning from those supposedly in the know. It seems to be right for me, as I meet the criteria by falling into one of two groups. Therefore, though no sort of tech geek, I’m ready for my new 5 right away. Are you ready for yours?
I know. I miss him too. And what a wonderful trip back in time it was, almost as if we were watching one of his State of the Union addresses, seeing him once again in his element where he always shines at his best. Love him or less-than-love him, align yourself with his party or not, agree with his policies and principles or beg to differ, you’ll be hard-pressed to argue this tried and simple fact: There’s only one Bill Clinton.
His charisma, magnetism and power of persuasion– woven with his undisputable intellect— remain unmatched. He speaks, and continues to speak, for a relatively long stretch of time. But we know this. It’s Bill, after all. His presentation last night at the Democratic National Convention was no deviation from his expected and accepted style and use of time. President Clinton was back– if but for one night, for now at least— stronger, more commanding and even funnier than ever. Only he, the master orator, can do what he does the way he does it, even better after 20 years. This is precisely what you have to love– if not love– about #42.
If anything in common exists between the two national political conventions of 2012, it falls under the heading of spousal devotion to our presidential nominees– so at least one editorial in The New York Times might lead us to believe. This, or for what our never-failing satirist friends at The Onion label Michelle, the same may just get pinned on Ann. Bipartisan ground could flourish yet– if we dig for it– in strategy if nothing else.