Wow – this is great stuff. I had no idea about any of the Libya/Israel connection at all. Carter was defeated by the Reagan campaign going behind his back and making a deal with Iran to keep the hostages until after the election. The Reagan administration sold arms to Iran, using Israel as a proxy, then used the money to fund the Contras – hence, Iran/Contra.
With presidential mediocrity Jimmy Carter back in the news for no particularly interesting reason, what better time than now to revisit the legacy of the undeniably much cooler Carter scion – Billy! Billy Carter’s charm and appeal in the wake of his brother’s election in 1976 is encapsulated in a piece by Michael Satchell syndicated through the Washington Star Service:
Plains, Ga. – Last Sunday, says Billy Carter, was just too much.
“Used to be at 10 o’clock on a Sunday morning, you could walk out onto Main Street and take a leak and nobody would see you,” he grumbled.
“Last Sunday there must have been 2,000 damned tourists here. I couldn’t stand it. I went off to the bootlegger, bought me a fifth, drove around the rest of the day and got good and drunk.”
If Jimmy Carter represents the clean cut, God fearing, modest mannered New South, Brother…
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