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President Carter makes hometown appearance on Presidents Day

President Jimmy Carter in Plains, Georgia President Jimmy Carter in Plains, Georgia
First Lady Rosalynn Carter in Plains, Georgia First Lady Rosalynn Carter in Plains, Georgia
PLAINS, GA (WALB) -

Ginger Croft brought her family from Florida to hear President Jimmy Carter speak in his hometown of Plains, Georgia Monday morning.

They waited anxiously in line to have Carter sign their books.

"He was very enlightening and gave a lot of information about his presidency and what he's done afterwards," said Croft. "Kind of made you feel like you were there with him."

Croft's 12-year-old son was surprised to see how entertaining and funny President Carter was.

Carter, who served as the 39th President of the United States and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, talked about his time in office and his work as a State Senator and Governor. He married Rosalynn in the 1940's at a church in Plains and also served in the United States Navy.

The former President and First Lady also talked about life in the White house and their work to promote world peace and civil rights.

One visitor from Florida said she makes it a point to try to visit Plains whenever he speaks.

"I've always tried to bring my children to these events, because it is monumental that a former president does this, he doesn't have to do it but he's so involved in the community and these activities."

Carter usually visits the historic site in Plains at least three or four times each year. Chief Interpreter of the site Steve Theus says this is a great way for kids to learn about history.

"You never know who President Carter could be speaking to here," said Theus. "It could be the next President of the United States, Ms. Julia Coleman didn't know that she had a President and a First Lady, and that was his teacher here, so you just never know. It's just very important to get that history."

The Carters still live in Plains, just a few miles from where they attended high School.

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