By: Peter V. Tanner
James Earl Carter Jr. had been elected the thirty-ninth President of the United States because he was an outsider, not a Washington politician. This was to put to rest the disgrace of the Nixon administration and punish the Republicans. President Carter was perceived to be everything Richard Nixon was not, Mister Carter was honest, principled, and as moral a man the Democrats could find to represent the party. As an officer in the nuclear navy, he could not be called a dove by the hawks. As a successful businessman, he put the business community at ease. Being a former governor of the great state of Georgia showed that he could lead a racially diverse state and still get things done.