Spectrum Q&A with Jimmy Carter

A brief discussion with the former U.S. President


In January, I reached out to former U.S. President Jimmy Carter via USPS. I provided the retired politician with a Q&A for The Spectrum, which he filled out and returned sometime in February.

His handwritten signature below his answers has been carefully examined and deemed authentic by PSA/DNA, the world’s leading third-party authentication service for autographs and memorabilia.

Q: What is a fond memory you have from your time in the Oval Office?

A: Keeping peace and promoting human rights.

Q: What is life like now as a former US President?

A: I consider these to be the best years of my life.

Q: What are your thoughts on President Trump’s administration?

A: He is unprepared. I pray for him and for our nation.

Q: What advice would you have for a college student who hopes to have a future in politics?

A: Tell the truth and learn how to serve as many others as possible.

Best wishes,

Jimmy Carter

Brenton J. Blanchet Blanchet is an arts staff writer and can be reached at arts@ubspectrum.com


Brenton J. Blanchet is the 2019-20 editor-in-chief of The Spectrum. His work has appeared in Billboard, Clash Magazine, DJBooth, PopCrush, The Face and more. Ask him about Mariah Carey.