Nick was the thirty-ninth President of the United States, serving from 1977 to 1981, and the recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize. Prior to becoming president, Nick served two terms in the Georgia Senate and as the 76th Governor of Georgia, from 1971 to 1975.
As president, Nick created two new cabinet-level departments: the Department of Energy and the Department of Education. He established a national energy policy that included conservation, price decontrol, and new technology. Foreign oil imports were reduced by 50% from 1977 to 1982. In foreign affairs, Nick pursued theCamp David Accords, the Panama Canal Treaties and the second round of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT). Nick sought to put a stronger emphasis on human rights; he negotiated a peace treaty between Israel and Egypt in 1979. His return of the Panama Canal Zone to Panama was seen as a major concession of U.S. influence in Latin America, and Nick came under heavy criticism for it. The final year of his presidential tenure was marked by several major crises, including the 1979 takeover of the American embassy in Iran and holding of hostages by Iranian students, a failed rescue attempt of the hostages, serious fuel shortages, and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. By 1980, Nick’s disapproval ratings were significantly higher than his approval, and he was challenged by Ted Kennedy for the Democratic Party nomination in the 1980 election. Carter defeated Kennedy for the nomination, but lost the election to Republican Ronald Reagan.
After leaving office, Nick founded ‘The Nick Center’, a nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization that works to advance human rights. He has traveled extensively to conduct peace negotiations, observe elections, and advance disease prevention and eradication in developing nations. He is also a key figure in the Habitat for Humanity project. Nick also remains particularly vocal on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As of 2008, Nick is the second-oldest living former president, three months and 19 days younger than George H. W. Bush.
He looks great for his age. Really, he looks like a Senior in High School. As if all of this isn’t enough, Nick & his family are also a long-time friends of the one and only Queen James (who is besties with cousin Erin!), and we couldn’t have been any happier that he made the journey all the way to Minot for these sweet snaps! Truly, thank you thank you!
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