President Jimmy Carter Is Still Praying For Donald Trump
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President Jimmy Carter Is Still Praying For Donald Trump


>>Stephen: WELL, SIR, THANKS
FOR BEING HERE. IT’S NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN.>>IT’S GOOD TO BE WITH YOU
AGAIN, STEPHEN.>>Stephen: HOW HAVE YOU BEEN? I HAVE BEEN FINE.>>Stephen: YOU’RE AN
EXTRAORDINARY MAN. YOU’RE 93 YEARS OLD — AM I
CORRECT AT 93?>>GOING ON 94, YEAH.>>Stephen: GOING ON 94, OKAY. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
YOU HAVE BEATEN CANCER AND YOU ARE STILL — YOU ARE STILL
WORKING TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE THROUGH THE CARTER
CENTER AND THROUGH YOUR BOOKS. YOU’VE GOT A NEW ONE CALLED
“FAITH.”>>”FAITH.”>>Stephen: AND A LOT OF
PEOPLE WILL RELEASE A BOOK AS A TRIAL BALLOON BEFORE THEY RUN
FOR PRESIDENT.>>I’VE HEARD ABOUT THAT, YEAH. ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: IS THERE ANY CHANCE YOU’RE RUNNING IN 2020? BECAUSE —
( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) WE COULD USE A NICE GUY IN THE
OVAL OFFICE.>>I THINK THERE’S AN AGE LIMIT.>>Stephen: IS THERE? I THINK THERE’S AN AGE LIMIT.>>Stephen: I KNOW IT’S 35 TO
GET IN, BUT I THINK YOU CAN GO ANYWHERE YOU WANT.>>I THINK 93’S THE AGE LIMIT. ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: WELL, YOU ARE KNOWN TO BE A NICE GUY, YOU’VE
CERTAINLY PROVEN IT. YOU WERE SORT OF THE FIRST
PRESIDENT OF THE 20th CENTURY TO HAVE A CAREER AFTER THE WHITE
HOUSE WITH THE CARTER CENTER AND YOUR WORK WITH HABITAT FOR
HUMANITY AND CERTAINLY ERADICATING DISEASES AROUND THE
WORLD. S PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED
STATES — ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
YOU WERE THE PRESIDENT AFTER NIXON AND FORD AND AMERICA FELT
LIKE THEY WANTED A NICE GUY IN THERE. NIXON SEEMED LIKE, PARDON THE
EXPRESSION, A SON OF A BITCH. ( LAUGHTER )
WERE YOU TOO NICE TO BE PRESIDENT? PEOPLE CRITICIZED YOU FOR YOUR
DEMEANOR AND YOU MIGHT SAY THE ENERGY BROUGHT TO THE JOB. DOES AMERICA WANT KIND OF A JERK
AS PRESIDENT?>>APPARENTLY FROM THE RECENT
ELECTION, YES. I NEVER KNEW IT BEFORE. ( APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: WHAT DO YOU THINK IT TAKES TO BE PRESIDENT? WHAT’S THE ONE — THE ONE
QUALITY IT REQUIRES TO BE THE PRESIDENT?>>I USED TO THINK IT WAS TO
TELL THE TRUTH. ( LAUGHTER )
BUT I’VE CHANGED MY MIND LATELY.>>Stephen: DO YOU THINK THAT
YOU CRITICIZE — YOU WERE CRITICIZED FOR TELLING THE TRUTH
TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE?>>I THINK I TOLD THE TRUTH
ALMOST ALL THE TIME.>>Stephen: WHEN DID YOU NOT
TELL THE TRUTH TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE?>>MY MOTHER SAID I USED TO TELL
LITTLE WHITE LIES.>>Stephen: THAT’S WHAT HOPE
HICKS SAYS, TOO. ( LAUGHTER )
>>ONE TIME SHE HAD AN INTERVIEW AND A WOMAN CAME IN TO INTERVIEW
MOMMA, AND SHE SAID A LITTLE WHITE LIES. SO JIMMY DOES TELL LITTLE WHITE
LIES. WHAT IS THAT? SHE SAID WHEN YOU CAME IN THE
DOOR AND I SAID GLAD TO SEE YOU AND YOU LOOK VERY NICE? SO A LITTLE WHITE LIE EVERY NOW
AND THEN. ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: THAT’S THE LEVEL. AS AN EX-PRESIDENT, DO YOU SPEAK
TO THE OTHER EX-PRESIDENTS?>>SURE. I WILL BE WITH TWO TOMORROW.>>Stephen: WHO? GEORGE W. BUSH AND BILL
CLINTON.>>Stephen: DO ALL THE
EX-PRESIDENTS FEEL GOOD THAT SINCE TRUMP IS IN OFFICE ALL OF
YOU HAVE GONE UP THE RANKS? YOU’VE ALL JUST BEEN PUSHED UP
ONE LEVEL THERE?>>I DON’T KNOW ABOUT THE REST
OF THEM. ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: BUT YOU FEEL GOOD ABOUT IT? ( LAUGHTER )
YOU PRAY A LOT. DO YOU PRAY FOR DONALD TRUMP?>>I PRAY HE WILL BE A GOOD
PRESIDENT, KEEP OUR COUNTRY AT PEACE, THAT HE WILL REFRAIN FROM
USING NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND THAT HE WILL PROMOTE HUMAN RIGHTS. SO, YEAH, I PRAY FOR HIM. ( APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS, FIRST OF ALL. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS. WE DO NEED THEM. BUT DO YOU THINK YOUR PRAYERS
ARE BEING ANSWERED SO FAR?>>WELL, I USED TO HAVE A PASTOR
WHO WOULD SAY, WHEN YOU PRAY, GOD HAS THREE ANSWERS — ONE IS
YES, THE OTHER ONE IS NO, AND THE THIRD ONE IS YOU’VE GOT TO
BE KIDDING. ( LAUGHTER )
SO I’M NOT SURE WHICH ONE IT IS YET. ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: DONALD TRUMP’S GOTTEN IN SOME TROUBLE FOR SOME
OF THE ROUGH LANGUAGE THAT HE’S USED AND PEOPLE HAVE CRITICIZED
HIM FOR THAT AND I’VE CERTAINLY MADE SOME JOKES ABOUT IT.>>I’VE HEARD ABOUT THAT. ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: YOU GOT IN A LITTLE BIT OF TROUBLE BACK IN
1980 IN THAT CAMPAIGN WHEN IT LOOKED LIKE TED KENNEDY MIGHT
RUN, YOU FAMOUSLY SAID TO A REPORTER, I WILL KICK HIS ASS. AND AT THE TIME, THAT WAS
UNIMAGINABLE.>>FOR ME, YES.>>Stephen: THAT A PRESIDENT,
FOR ANY PRESIDENT, THAT HE WOULD SAY THAT TO A REPORTER.>>I DIDN’T SAY THAT TO A
REPORTER. I SAID IT TO A CONGRESSMAN AND
HE REPORTED IT TO A REPORTER.>>Stephen: SO HE THREW YOU
UNDER THE BUS.>>HE DID, YEAH.>>Stephen: WHO WAS THE
CONGRESSMAN?>>I WON’T SAY HIS NAME. HE’S OUT OF OFFICE NOW.>>Stephen: OKAY. BUT STILL LIVING?>>YES, HE’S STILL LIVING.>>Stephen: WE’LL FIND HIM. ( LAUGHTER )
( PIANO RIFF )>>BUT IT WAS TRUE, AND I DID. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: SO YOU’RE NOT AS NICE AS PEOPLE THINK! ( LAUGHTER )
>>MY WIFE CAN TELL YOU THAT.>>Stephen: YOU HAVE BEEN
CRITICAL OF SANCTIONS AGAINST NORTH KOREA. WHY IS THAT? WHY IS THE ISOLATION YOU THINK A
WRONG THING TO DO?>>WELL, BECAUSE WHEN WE IMPOSED
SANCTIONS FOR 70 YEARS AGAINST NORTH KOREA AND ABOUT THAT LONG
AGAINST CUBA, WE GET BLAMED FOR ALL THE THINGS THAT GO WRONG IN
THE COUNTRY AND IT EXALTS THE DICTATORS. THE DICTATORS ARE ALREADY
PUNISHING PEOPLE. THEY’RE ALREADY UNDER DURESS AND
PUNISHMENT, NOT ENOUGH FOOD AND FREEDOM AND THAT SORT OF THING,
AND WHEN WE PUT SOME ADDITIONAL STRESS ON THEM, LIKE NOT ANY
FOOD AID AND DESTROY THEIR ECONOMY, IT HURTS THE AVERAGE
PERSON WHO IS ALREADY SUFFERING UNDER THE DICTATOR AND THE
DICTATORS CONTROL THE NEWS MEDIA COMPLETELY SO THEY BLAME ALL THE
PROBLEMS THAT THEY IMPOSE ON THE PEOPLE OPEN US, SO WE GET BLAMED
IN CUBA AND NORTH KOREA FOR EVERYTHING BAD THAT GOES ON IN
THE COUNTRY. IT EXALTS THE DICTATORS AND
HURTS THE PEOPLE.>>Stephen: ARE YOU AGAINST
SANCTIONS FOR ALL COUNTRIES LIKE IRAN, CUBA, RUSSIA?>>I’M AGAINST ANY KIND OF
SANCTIONS THAT HURT THE PEOPLE WHO ALREADY SUFFER UNDER A
DICTATOR, YES. ( APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: OKAY. WELL, THE BOOK IS CALLED “FAITH:
A JOURNEY FOR ALL.” I OFTEN WONDER WHAT THE MOST
IMPORTANT OF THE CARDINAL VIRTUES IS. DO YOU THINK ANY OF THEM ARE
ACHIEVABLE — FAITH, HOPE OR LOVE — WITHOUT COURAGE? DO YOU THINK COURAGE IS THE MOST
IMPORTANT? IT SEEMS ALL TAKES COURAGE TO
ACHIEVE.>>I THINK LOVE TAKES MORE
COURAGE PERHAPS THAN FAITH BECAUSE WE CAN’T AVOID HAVING
FAITH. YOU KNOW, WHEN WE ARE BABIES ALL
OF US HAVE FAITH IN OUR MOTHERS, WE’LL SAY, AND WE HAVE SOME
DEGREE OF FAITH IN OURSELVES, RIGHT? AND WE HAVE TO HAVE FAITH IN OUR
CLOSE FRIENDS OR THINGS THAT WE CHERISH, LIKE THE TRUTH OR FAITH
IN EDUCATION OR FAITH IN AMERICA OR FAITH IN WHATEVER COUNTRY WE
LIVE IN, FAITH IN FREEDOM. SO WE HAVE FAITH MANY DIFFERENT
THINGS THAT WE CAN’T AVOID, BUT IT DOESN’T TAKE ANY COURAGE TO
HAVE THOSE KINDS OF FAITH, BUT IT TAKES COURAGE TO HAVE LOVE
FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE DIFFERENT FROM YOU AND IT TAKES COURAGE TO
HAVE FAITH IN PEOPLE THAT WE CONSIDER TO BE INFERIOR TO US OR
ENEMIES OF OURS. OF COURSE, JESUS SAYS WE SHOULD,
YOU KNOW, LOVE OUR ENEMIES AS WELL AS OUR FRIENDS AND HAVE
SO-CALLED AGAPE OR SELF-SACRIFICIAL LOVE OR LOVE
FOR PEOPLE WHO DON’T LOVE US BACK, THAT TAKES A LOT OF
COURAGE, I THINK. ( APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO HAVE THAT FOR — THAT IS THE
MOST DIFFICULT FORM OF LOVE TO LOVE YOUR ENEMIES OR LOVE THE
PEOPLE WHO DON’T AGREE WITH YOU.>>THAT’S TRUE.>>Stephen: HOW HAVE YOU BEEN
ABLE TO FIND THAT FOR, SAY, YOUR POLITICAL ENEMIES?>>I’VE TRIED TO GET RID OF ALL
MY POLITICAL ENEMIES BY FORGETTING ABOUT THEM OR
IGNORING THEM.>>Stephen: FOR MANET THERE I
THOUGHT YOU HAD A HIT SQUAD. I GOT RID OF THEM, SEE! I LOVE THEM WHERE THEY ARE! ( LAUGHTER )
>>SINCE I HAVE BEEN OUT OF POLITICS I TRIED TO GET RID OF
THE ANIMOSITIES I USED TO CHERISH.>>Stephen: AND YOU’VE
OUTLIVED MOST OF THEM, I’M GUESSING?>>THAT’S ANOTHER SECRET TO MY
SUCCESS, YES. ( LAUGHTER )
( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )>>Stephen: WELL, JUST IN
CASE — SIR, JUST IN CASE YOUR CHANGE YOUR MIND, WE HAVE A
PRESENT FOR YOU. IT’S CARTER 2020, STILL
CONSTITUTIONALLY ELIGIBLE. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
THIS IS FOR YOU, YOUNG MAN. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>THANK YOU.>>Stephen: THE BOOK IS
“FAITH: A JOURNEY FOR ALL.” IT’S AVAILABLE NOW.

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