By: Kyle Johnston
Jimmy's career before his Presidency included being a U.S. Naval officer, a Georgia State Senator, and the Govenor of Georgia.
During Carter's Presidency, he created 2 new Cabinet-Level Departments: The department of Energy and the department of Education.
He established a national energy policy that included conservation, price control, and new technology.
In foreign affairs, Carter pursued the Camp David Accords, the Panama Canal Treaties, the second round of Strategic Arms Litigations Talks (SALT II), and returned the Panama Canal Zone to Panama.
3 Failiures in Carter's Presidency
The Iranian Hostage Crisis---The deposed Shah of Iran had come to the U.S. to get treatment for cancer. When he arrived, the Iranians stormed our embassy, and held about 20 U.S. diplomats hostage for a little over a year. Carter tried a military rescue attempt, that failed miserably, with our helicopters crashing in the desert about 100 miles outside of Tehran, and about 30 solders getting killed.
Overly trusting the Soviet Union---He had negotiated an arms control treaty with Leonid Brezhnev, the then leader of the now deposed Soviet Union, trusting he would abide by it. About a month later, Brezhnev marched his Soviet troupes into Afghanistan, and overtook the country.
The economy---Under the Carter administration, both unemployment and inflation rose at a significant rate. One of his campaign promises was that he would send every American a $50.00 bill, hoping they would spend it and stimulate the economy. That never even came close to happening.
members of Jimmy Carter's Cabinet
Secretary of State- Jan. 23, 1977-Apr. 20, 1980 - Cyrus R. Vance
May 8, 1980-Jan. 20, 1981 - Edmund S. Muskie
Secretary of the Treasury
Jan. 23, 1977-Jul. 19, 1979 - W. Michael Blumenthal
Aug. 6, 1979-Jan. 20, 1981 - G. William Miller
Secretary of Defense
Jan. 21, 1977-Jan. 20, 1981 - Harold Brown
My opinion on this president's ability to lead the country in today's environment would be he couldn't do it. He had enough trouble in his presidency with the economy going downhill and with the trust issues he had with the USSR back in his presidency I don't think he could do any better now.
Sources of information----- Wikipedia, google images