Guess Who Listens to Car Talk
TOM AND RAY: There's a rumor out there that you listen to Car Talk. Can you confirm or deny that for us?
CARTER: I confess. It's one of the worst habits that I haven't yet broken. I do listen every Saturday, and get ideas for teaching my Sunday School lessons and starting arguments with Rosalynn.
TOM AND RAY: You probably don't drive a car anymore. But, when you did, was there one you particularly liked?
CARTER: Back in the late '70s I had a big Cadillac that was just great, plenty of legroom with a big sunroof. And for some reason, I never had to stop at red lights. They took it away in '81, though.
TOM AND RAY: Can we borrow it?
CARTER: Ask the current owner.
TOM AND RAY: If you were filling out an administration, to what positions would you appoint Tom and Ray?
CARTER: Handling complaints about the IRS. This would give Tom and Ray something worthwhile to do on Saturday mornings.
TOM AND RAY: What's going on with The Carter Center? What kind of work are you involved in?
CARTER: Now that's a good question! Having just celebrated our 20th anniversary, the not-for-profit Carter Center promotes peace and health around the world. We have worked in more than 65 countries to resolve conflicts and advance democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity. We also work to prevent disease, promote mental health, and help farmers increase crop production. Go to www.cartercenter.org for more information.
TOM AND RAY: Why didn't you mention Car Talk when you received the Nobel Peace Prize?
CARTER: It was in my original speech, in the section on old cars, but the Nobel Committee edited it out. You can mention The Carter Center when you get the Nobel Prize for mediating conflicts.
TOM AND RAY: Can we join you on one of your election monitoring gigs? Poverty, violence, cheating... All stuff we've seen before in the garage.
CARTER: Hmmm... We have to deal with electoral problems like cheating, lying, false reports, and chicanery. I can't think of anyone who would be more experienced in all these things.
TOM AND RAY: We're very proud of you for the way you've dedicated your life to helping other people. Makes us feel kind of bad for ripping you off for the shocks you didn't need back in '72. Will you forgive us?
CARTER: We've already marked it off to terrible judgment. Besides, compassion on poor and lost people is one of our basic principles.
TOM AND RAY: What's next for you?
CARTER: Well, after I recover from listening to Car Talk, Rosalynn and I will go back to promoting peace, democracy, freedom, human rights, and eliminating suffering around the world. We can use some help, from you and your remaining listeners.