Friday, May 23, 2008
Hamilton Jordan Assumes
Former President Jimmy Carter praised his White House chief of staff Wednesday as a master political strategist who helped make a "peanut farmer from the South" president of the United States.
Hamilton Jordan, 63, died Tuesday at his Atlanta home after a long fight against lymphoma. Carter said he talked to Jordan Tuesday afternoon.
Jordan is the person responsible for propelling Jimmy Carter into the White House. Matt Towery:
Jordan — along with former Carter Press Secretary Jody Powell and a handful of others, including media executive Gerald Rafshoon — cobbled together and implemented a plan that in the mid-1970s seemed impossible. They turned the one-term governor of a then-small Southern state into the alternative for which a demoralized post-Watergate America was searching.
Make no mistake. Had there been no Hamilton Jordan, there might never have been a President Jimmy Carter.
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