Karen, Sean and Ryan visited Atlanta last week, I decided to take them to the Carter Presidential Library. On the way, I mentioned that the Library did not tell the whole truth about the Carter presidency, but did not elaborate.
This is the only Presidential Library I have visited and I would like one day to see the Reagen Presidential Library. We learned that presidential libraries started with President Cleveland, so no libraries exist for presidents before him. I have no desire to see other president's libraries though the Clinton library might be interesting
just to see (as Rush Limbaugh has stated) if it is a Presidential Library and Massage Parlor.
The books and records are not available to the public to peruse, they are separated from the portion that can be toured. Books and records are available to scholars
and others by applying for admittance in writing. Even if allowed I would not have any idea of what to look at.
The viewing public has much to see as it is, we spent about two hours roaming around the various exhibits. Sean stated his interest was peaked by the grade school and high school report cards of various presidents. He was surprised that some of them had such poor grades. This exhibit also showed many pictures of them on athletic teams. Ford, Reagen and Eisenhower played football, Carter, Nixon and Bush Sr. played baseball. Some of them also played basketball.
I saw no reference to his, "there is a malaise
in the land speech" or, "I lusted after her in my heart" comment in his Playboy interview. No mention of his serving on voting commissions to insure honest voting.
There was much on the fact that he brought Begin and Sadat together to agree to peace between Israel and the Palestinians
. At the time it was heralded
as the greatest coop that any peace loving president had ever done. It was supposed to bring an end to Middle East violence. We see today how well that did.
Before we left, a visit to the bathroom was in order. Carter, the environmentalist, has agreed to the use of urinals of the future, which are waterless. We all saw and used these urinals of the future and I am here to report to you that the future stinks. Upon entering the men's
bathroom, there is a severely unpleasant odor of old urine. Just above each urinal was posted the story about how the urinal "works". The three of us were not impressed. I understand the environmentalists have almost perfected a waterless commode. As evidence that our society is going backwards, Africa already has waterless commodes.