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Carter weighs in on Obama's stimulus bill

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PLAINS, GA (WALB) - A crowd in Plains joined the rest of the country in honoring the past and present leaders of the United States on this Presidents Day.

"Being president is not an easy job. You have difficult decisions to make every single day and not just one. And I think we need to show our respect and appreciation for those who hold the office," said Rosalynn Carter.

Former President Jimmy Carter addressed the crowd and talked about the challenges of the office; challenges that are highlighted now as millions look to President Obama's stimulus package to help fix the deteriorating economy.

"I think it's a well balanced package. It is not a perfect one. You have to go through 535 members of congress in the House and Senate, and you have to accommodate what some them want," said Jimmy Carter.

President Obama will sign the stimulus bill into law Tuesday in Denver. "In general he survived quite well based on the original proposal and what is in the final bill," said Jimmy Carter.

Former-President Carter said that the massive $787 billion stimulus package won't be a quick fix. And he said it may take until the end of the year before the country starts to see results.

"If he just meets a major part of his goal to create 3.5 million jobs in the next two years, it will be well worth while," said Jimmy Carter.

"I don't know if anybody really knows what is best and what's going to work, but I think the best thing to do right now is to support him," said Rosalynn Carter.

She wants support from the faces in this crowd, and of those around the country who are unemployed or at risk of losing their homes. They all hope this bill will work to stimulate the ailing economy.

George Washington's birthday was first designated a federal holiday in 1880. By the 1980's the holiday had expanded to honor Abraham Lincoln's February birthday and all other presidents as well.