(Gazette Photo)

Former President, Jimmy Carter, made a stop in Gastonia on Friday to promote his newest book, “Beyond the White House: Waging Peace, Fighting Diseases, Building Hope“.


He was a bit late, or so the “waiters-in-line” were told. But it was worth the experience to see a living former US president. He looked old and tired and still had the charm that the textile workers from the mid-70’s remember. Mr. Carter may not have had the “greatest presidency” or been the “most beloved” president, but he has done the most with his post-presidential life.

Nobel laureate, statesman, philanthropist, author, and world-traveler just to name a few expressions that follow his name.

Thank you Mr. President,  for remembering Gaston County and your ties to our area.