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Jimmy Carter turned 95 on on October, and I continue to believe that he should be ranked higher that he is.
For one thing, he is probably one of our more intelligent presidents, since he had a degree in physics, and worked in the Navy's nuclear submarine program.
Interestingly, he was the very first president to be born in a hospital.
Carter’s tenure as president was most notable for his alternative-energy policies, racial-equality programs and friendly overtures toward Russia. He was instrumental in brokering a peace treaty between Israel and Egypt and signed an arms-reduction treaty with the Soviet Union (SALT II). These triumphs, however, were overshadowed by his inability to lead the nation out of a crippling energy crunch caused by the OPEC oil embargo of 1973.
In 2002, Carter won the prestigious Nobel Prize for his efforts to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights and to promote economic and social development.
Today, Jimmy still teaches an occasional Sunday School class - and he still builds houses for Habitat for Humanity.
He's 95 years old.