President Carter lost his re-election campaign in 1980. Sometimes, expresidents don’t quite know what to do next, but not Jimmy Carter. He has been one of our busiest former chief executives. And he has become one of the most respected and recognized Americans in the world through his devotion to peacemaking missions around the globe.
Carter has worked for peace, human rights and democracy in Bosnia, Panama, Nicaragua, Haiti, Nigeria, Ethiopia, North and South Korea and, of course, in the Middle East.
Carter, now 92, and his wife still volunteer one week each year for Habitat for Humanity.
President Bill Clinton awarded Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1999.