WBEZ | Jimmy Carter http://www.wbez.org/tags/jimmy-carter Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The most boring presidential political scandals http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2012-01-04/most-boring-presidential-political-scandals-95274 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-January/2012-01-04/jackson-rachel-631-large.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-04/jackson-rachel-631-large.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; width: 275px; height: 339px; " title="A portrait of Rachel Donelson by Ralph E. W. Earl"></span>Before Andrew Jackson was president, he married a woman named Rachel Donelson in 1791. She had previously been married and believed that she was legally divorced. However, after marrying Jackson, Rachel found out this was not the case. Then she realized that she was mistaken, and everything was fine.<br> <br> Once, at a state dinner, Millard Fillmore spilled soup on his own tie but since it was just consomme, it didn't stain and hardly anyone noticed.<br> <br> Warren G. Harding's presidency was struck by many scandals. The Teapot Dome scandal was the most significant. In it, the top of a White House teapot went missing for some time shortly before the Queen of England came for a state visit, but it was found in time.<br> <br> George H. W. Bush almost caused a mild stir when he called a White House maid by the wrong name, but then quickly corrected himself.<br> <br> It is rumored that Richard Nixon once petted another dog while his dog Checkers looked on.<br> <br> While not implicating the president himself, James Garfield had to deal with the Star Route Scandal in 1881. This scandal dealt with corruption in the postal service. The public was angry about how much stamps cost, but then quickly got distracted when the president was shot.<br> <br> Jimmy Carter confessed to a reporter that he once felt lust in his heart for a donut one of his cabinet members was eating.</p><p>Bill Clinton was known for playing the saxophone, when technically it was the tenor saxophone that he played.</p></p> Wed, 04 Jan 2012 17:43:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2012-01-04/most-boring-presidential-political-scandals-95274 Jimmy Carter's Guess: Egypt's Mubarak 'Will Have To Leave' http://www.wbez.org/story/anti-government-protests-roil-egypt/jimmy-carters-guess-egypts-mubarak-will-have-leave <p><p>Few U.S. presidents know the Middle East or Egypt as well, nor have come by their knowledge of the region as painfully, as Jimmy Carter.</p><p>So it&#39;s worth noting that Carter on Sunday said his &quot;guess is Mubarak will have to leave,&quot; speaking of embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.</p><p>The 86-year old Carter made his comments at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown of Plains, Ga., <a href="http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2011/01/31/1440918/former-president-carter-guesses.html">according to the Ledger-Inquirer</a> news website of the Columbus, Ga newspaper.</p><p>Carter is the nation&#39;s most famous Sunday school teacher, having led classes at the church since before his presidency.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>An excerpt from the Ledger-Inquirer:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;This is the most profound situation in the Middle East since I left office,&quot; Carter said Sunday to the nearly 300 people packed into the small sanctuary about a half mile from downtown Plains.</p><p>Carter spent the first 15 minutes of his 50-minute class talking about Egypt.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>&nbsp;</p><p>For Carter to describe the Egyptian crisis as the &quot;most profound&quot; in the Middle East since he was in the White House is saying something given the effect of the Iraq War not only on the region, removing a counterweight to Iranian influence.</p><p>Carter also had kind things to say about the man Mubarak named to be his vice president, Omar Suleiman:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;He&#39;s an intelligent man whom I like very much,&quot; Carter said.</p><p>Carter has maintained a relationship with Suleiman over the years.</p><p>&quot;In the last four or five years when I go to Egypt, I don&#39;t go to talk to Mubarak, who talks like a politician,&quot; Carter said. &quot;If I want to know what is going on in the Middle East, I talk to Suleiman. And as far as I know, he has always told me the truth.&quot;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>&nbsp;</p><p>It was Carter, of course, who negotiated the Camp David Accords in September 1978 between Egypt&#39;s President Anwar Sadat and Israel&#39;s Prime Minister Menachem Begin, a peace treaty between the two states</p><p>Besides agreeing to not take up arms against each other, Israel also agreed to withdraw its troops and return to Egypt the Sinai Peninsula it had taken during the Six Day War in 1967. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. 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