Former President Jimmy Carter is on an impressive publicity tour as he promotes his new book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power." The book addresses worldwide discrimination and violence against women and girls, covers the impact of “distorted religious texts on women” and urges change.
Carter, 89, is keeping up a busy schedule on his tour visiting bookstores throughout the nation, from New York City, to Chicago, to his home state of Georgia, and west to the San Francisco Bay Area and north to Seattle. Hundreds of people have been lining up at the stores to spend a brief moment with the 39th U.S. president as he signs his new book.
“This is my 28th book, and by far the most important I've ever written," Carter told the Oregonian and other media at Powell’s books on Sunday in Portland, Ore. “I hope you'll read it.”
Just the day before, Carter was in Marin County in the San Francisco Bay Area for a book-signing attended by almost 800 people, including Clint Hill, a former United States Secret Service agent that served five former presidents. Hill is best remembered as the agent that courageously attempted to protect President Kennedy and Mrs. Kennedy during the Kennedy assassination.
The two men exchanged handshakes and copies of each of their signed books. Hill recently co-authored “Five Days In November” with Lisa McCubbin. “It was an honor to meet former President Jimmy Carter. I respect him greatly,” Hill told Global-Gathering.
Their short encounter lasted longer than that of the rest of Carter's fans that day who waited outside the small, popular bookstore, the Book Passage, in rainy weather excited to meet the former president, if for only a few seconds. "Not only do I think he was one of our greatest presidents, but more importantly, he has done so much to advance peaceful relations and human rights throughout the world," said local resident Janice Hughes.
Beyond the book signings and meeting the public, Carter has also been interviewed on U.S. television shows including David Letterman, Charlie Rose, Stephen Colbert, Piers Morgan and Bill Maher. During the shows, the former president speaks about modern slavery, the severe problem of hidden sexual abuse cases on U.S. university campuses and in the U.S. military, and that worldwide, 160 million newborn or unborn girls have been killed by their own parents simply because the babies were female.
A wide coalition of leaders of all faiths encouraged Carter, who has visited 145 countries with his wife, Rosalynn, and who supports active projects in more than half of them through The Carter Center, to write “A Call to Action.” Carter draws upon his own experiences and the testimony of women from all regions and all major religions to demonstrate that women, more than half of all human beings, are being denied equal rights and are suffering from some of the worst abuse of modern times.
Laura Washburn in San Francisco