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  Jimmy Carter Now Longest Serving Ex-President
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Last EditedJ.R.  Nov 15, 2012 06:22pm
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News DateTuesday, September 11, 2012 12:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionHe was tossed out of office after one term because voters saw him as a weak president in a wobbly economy. Replaced by a political movement and cast aside by his own party, he led an active retirement, doing humanitarian deeds, writing more than two dozen books, and trying to rewrite the reputation that his administration was a failure. Decades later he would address his party’s convention on its opening night, drawing cheers as the elder statesman.

Herbert Hoover enjoyed the longest retirement in presidential history, but that record was broken yesterday when Jimmy Carter — a man whose circumstances echo Hoover’s — marked Day 11,544 as Ex-President Carter.

There was no ceremony. “It’s not something that is on our calendar,” said Steven Hochman, director of research for the Carter Center, the human-rights nonprofit Carter and his wife founded in 1982. Hochman allowed that “there’s some significance to this milestone,” but “we’re not celebrating it.”
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