Monday, July 26, 2004

Mr. Ex-President



BOSTON--If I make it to 81, I should look so good--my first thought upon seeing the man who made the ex-presidency a career of on its own.



We're talking Jimmy Carter, of course. Now, he may not be the most scintillating speaker, but he sure serves up a mighty platter of gravitas, and loveable gravitas, at that. (As opposed to, say, the f-u grumpiness of our current vice president, a trait too often mistaken for gravitas.)



And Carter's speech had some dashes of poetry, even if they seemed a bit derivative of the Book of Revelations.



The phrase I've been chewing on: "with...the Middle East ablaze..." Trouble is, this ain't hyperbole.

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