This American Moment: Jimmy Carter

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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter on the stage of the Democra

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter on the stage of the Democratic National Convention in Denver, CO. Source: Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Jimmy Carter. America's 39th President. Nobel Peace Prize winner. Humanitarian. And today's special guest of our on-going series, "This American Moment." All this week and next, we're asking top thinkers from a variety of backgrounds to put this election in context, and tell us what he or she thinks is at stake. We'll check in with President Carter. We'll ask him about the transformation he's seen from segregation and Jim Crow to the nomination of Senator Obama, and whether he thinks America's role in the world has changed. But we also want you to join the conversation: what does this American moment mean to you?



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Having grown up and been active in the 60's, I felt that I had payed my dues, but no, again, I feel as though my country has been taken from me. I'm hoping the election will bring my country back to me.

Sent by Will Murtough | 2:29 PM | 8-28-2008

It is time for our generation to lead us into the future and time to reject the failed policies of the past. Barak is that kind of leader.

Sent by terri in portland oregon | 2:39 PM | 8-28-2008

This moment means to me that it is time for a new generation to lead us into the future, it is time to reject the failed policies of the past.

Sent by terri in portland oregon | 2:46 PM | 8-28-2008

I've been asking myself more and more, If Obama were a white man with the same credentials, would he be the nominee? The answer is no. Hillary would have mopped the floor with him.

Sent by Mo | 2:52 PM | 8-28-2008

While I am extremely disappointed that Barak Obama did not select a female running mate, I will most certainly not be voting for McCain. I am a proud Hillary supporter and I feel that Barak could have worked harder to assimilate her supporters in his group.

Sent by Kat Christensen | 2:59 PM | 8-28-2008

I can't believe that you wouldn't allow Jimmy Carter to finish his sentence just because it was 3:00. Could you be just a little bit less rigid? This man was the President of the United States and should have been shown greater courtesy.

Sent by Paul Wagner | 3:00 PM | 8-28-2008

Cater is senile. Just heard him talking on NPR and he credited Strom Thurman as being from North Carolina. He was not. He does not know the difference between North and South Carolina and he was only one state away.

James Strom Thurmond (December 5, 1902 -- June 26, 2003) was an American politician who served as governor of South Carolina and as a United States Senator

Sent by Steve | 3:38 PM | 8-28-2008

look here you liberal fantasy land Hope-ers! not gonna happen! America is not built on Hope. it is built on assurity and Realism not fanatisism. Wake up! Neil Cohnen, i am from the South, people WILL vote on Color, like it or not. Obama Will Not be the next president!!! sorry kid. also i know liberals think that all are equal but try to have some respect for our presidents. cutting off Carter was INCREDIBLY RUDE!!! I suppose liberals think we are all equal but please try to have some respect. You are clueless Neil.

Sent by Laura Atkinson | 2:34 AM | 8-29-2008

Was I listening to a political convention or a Marjoe tent revival? So many similarities: the hype, the emotion, the lack of substance, the quoting of scripture out of context, and most noticeably, no Messiah present.

Sent by Chris in Camden, SC | 11:34 AM | 8-29-2008

This count is under seige from our own incompetent Government. Who will save our great nation....we certainly know who has ruined it. Enough of this country be "Bushwacked" save us Obama!`

Sent by Kelly Dorward of Seattle, WA | 2:45 PM | 8-29-2008

Carter is very under-rated.If we followed his energy plan 30 yr.ago..we wouldn't be in this mess.
He was labeled"gloom and doom",by Reagen but was right on the money!People don't seem to know that Carter was a submarine officer(few mistakes can be tolerated on a sub).When Carter speaks..I listen..thanks for having him on!

Sent by peter jacobs | 3:33 PM | 8-29-2008

More than other presidents, Mr Carter has made significant accomplishments after his presidency that will have a lasting impact for generations to come.

Sent by Jerry | 11:53 AM | 8-31-2008

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