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♪ everybody wants to rule the world ♪ i've never had more faith in america than i do today. we have an america that in bob dylan's phrase, is busy being born, not busy dying .
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[ applause ] ♪ ♪ ♪ hey mr. tambourine man play a song for me ♪ >> sounds familiar. ♪ i'm not sleepy and there is no place i'm going to ♪ ♪ hey mr. tambourine man play a song for me ♪ ♪ in a jingle jangle morning i'll come following you ♪ ♪ though i know that evening's empire has returned into sand ♪ ♪ vanished from my hand left me
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blindly here to stand ♪ ♪ but still not sleeping ♪ ♪ my weariness amazes me i'm branded on my feet ♪ ♪ i have no one to meet ♪ ♪ and my ancient empty street's too dead for dreaming ♪ >> you should know all the big bob dylan records before i was governor. and i know i think everything that willie nelson ever wrote. it was the all man brothers helped put me in the white house by raising money when i didn't have any money. ♪ ♪ for there's a man down there might be your man i don't know ♪ >> the allman brothers had been here, and bob dylan has not been here, but willie nelson has been here, and johnny cash has been here. ♪ we got married in a beater ♪
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>> he brought june cash down here to meet me. we always claimed she was my cousin. ♪ >> when willie nelson boat his autobiography, he confessed that he smoked pot in the white house one night when he was spending the night with me. and he says that his companion that shared the pot with him was one of the servants at the white house. that is not exactly true. it actually was one of my sons, which he didn't want to, you k know, get a rise from a pot smoker like him. there were people that didn't like my being deeply involved with willie nelson and bob dylan and disrepable rock 'n' rollers, but i didn't care about that
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because i was doing what i believed. the response, i think, from the followers of those musicians was much more influential than a few people who thought that people associated with rock 'n' roll and radical people was inappropriate for a president. ♪ never for ever ♪ ♪ >> one of the things that has held america together when we've been together has been the music that we share and love. i'd say that the common beat that people have within them, a desire for country music or a desire for rock 'n' roll or a desire for jazz or a desire for
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classical music, is something that binds people together. when i was a child, for instance, i used to go to gospel performances just of local singers. and sometimes we'd have all-night gospel sings in various churches around where i lived. so i think that the origin of jazz and maybe later rock 'n' roll came out of gospel music. >> jimmy carter was from georgia, and he wasn't from atlanta, by the way, he was from this little town down there in south georgia. so to appreciate gospel music and to understand what shirley caesar was about was real. and you could tell it. >> jimmy carter would go to a black church, and they'd start singing, he'd start singing. he wouldn't pick up the hymnbook. he knew all the words to the songs. ♪ ♪ down by the riverside ♪
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♪ dirty waters no more dirty waters no more ♪ ♪ no more no more hallelujah ♪ >> we were raise d d mihelia jackson. i guess that's why they called music the devil's music. the black sheep of the family was rock 'n' roll, right? >> but in the south, it was so connected because i grew up singing in the church choir, which was -- which was fine. it was traditional church songs. but i also grew up a huge elvis presley fan, and elvis was so influenced by gospel. >> gospel music is derived from deep within the heart of human beings. we have been to waycross,
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georgia, where they have all-day singings, by that i mean 24 hours. we've been down to bonneville, florida, where they have 24-hour sings. and we apologize for cutting this one short. ♪ ♪ ain't nobody nobody ain't nobody nobody do you like niece ♪ >> there was a wonderful compatibility between the church songs that were prevalent in white churches and church songs that were prevalent in african american churches. and so i think music broke down barriers between people, not only geographically, but between the two races. >> i grew up listening to that, because that's part of what dad played. we were liberals, and we were not racist. and in plains that meant that you had, like, two other friends. >> he grew up in a county that was 80% black. and he probably never had white
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friends until he went to the navy. he was just an anomaly that i'd never seen before. ♪ i'll fly away o glory i'll fly away ♪ ♪ when i die hallelujah flying by ♪ ♪ i'll fly away ♪ ♪ >> my folks had been farmers in georgia for more than 200 years. and we'd been living around here for, oh, 150 years. well, i grew up in a home that didn't have running water or electricity until i was a
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teenager. we had a battered radio. and in the times when we used it, that was very stingy with how many hours we'd use the battered radio so we didn't run the battery down. we could get nashville, sometimes we'd hear chicago, and we could hear country music then, and i'd listen to glenn miller. that was my only contact with the outside world at all. ♪ >> i look at the great composers that have come before me, and i see how they changed society. i see how, as harry belafonte once said to me, that artists are the gatekeepers of truth. >> did your dad ever play an instrument? >> the stereo. he played the stereo well. when we had no money dad spent $600 on a stereo in plains, georgia.
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huge speakers, it would blow you out. it was fantastic. he would let us, as children, me and my brothers, play our music on it. and he would stay in there and learn the songs and try to figure out what we would doing that way. it's one of the ways that he kind of stayed in touch with his children. >> i'd like to welcome our special guest this morning to the open line program, former state senator and gubernatorial candidate jimmy carter. ♪ >> well, i replaced lester madison in the governor's mansion. and lester madick's symbol was a pick hammer that he used to drive away african american customers who came to his chicken restaurant. he bragged on that as being a stalwart defender of racial segregation. ♪ >> for years the solid south were very segregationist and very -- let's just call it racist. they were anti-black.
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>> when i came into the governor's mansion, one of the first things i did in the governor's office in the capitol building was to hang martin luther king jr.'s portrait there, because he had won the nobel peace prize. >> he was the only georgian to become the recipient of the nobel peace award. where as a reverend dr. king was a man who placed the welfare of his fellow man above his own and assumed the burden of a country that rendered the inequities and experiences of the black man and poor man of whatever color. ♪ oh georgia oh georgia ♪ >> jimmy carter was a leader in civil rights. he was part of this transitional generation of southern governors that were just absolutely magnificent. >> the greatest thing that ever happened to the south was the passage of the civil rights act and the granting to our minority groups of a chance to vote, to hold a job, to buy a home, to be
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educated, to travel on an equal basis, in accordance with their own choice. >> there were southerners who a lot of them went to the ivy leagues and then came back home. they started bipartisan think tanks. they were freedom riders. there was this camelot decade or two in the south that carter was part of. >> jimmy carter represented the new south. he represented hope for the south where, as the old ladies used to say, there would be plenty of room for all god's children. and he did, he represented that and embodied it. ♪ for georgia my little georgia ♪ ♪ mmm-mmm no no no peace i mind ♪
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♪ this old sweet song keeps georgia on my mind ♪ >> so georgia is this very interesting place. as a black musician, you can't help but be influenced by james brown lyrics. and when james brown goes, "the name of this place, good god, is augusta ga." georgia in our heads has a different kind of vibe. music has the capacity to speak on multiple levels. i mean, there's the level of the words, the lyrics. that's there. but sometimes there's a deeper level on what the music connects inside the brain, and maybe better yet, inside the soul. ♪ >> we were coming into a new era. and the allman brothers was an integrated band with jamo on
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>> i remember he and i had a spat. and i spent over a year without speaking to him. and we would communicate by the third song on the second bob album and blah, blah, blah, blah for over a year without ever actually talking to each other. ♪ they hand you a nickel he hands you a dime ♪ ♪ he asks you with a grin if you're having a good time ♪ ♪ and he finds you any time you slam the door ♪ ♪ i ain't gonna work for maggie's brother no more ♪ >> bob dylan and his band performed in atlanta, and i was governor. so i invited bob dylan and the band to the governor's mansion. and my sons were very eager to be with the band. and i was honored because bob dylan asked me to go out in the garden, as a matter of fact, and have a private conversation with him. the only questions he asked me were questions about my christian faith and what it meant to me and basically the
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principles of it. >> when i first met jimmy, first thing he did was quote my songs back to me. and it was the first time that i realized my songs had reached into -- basically into the establishment world. and i had no experience in that realm. never seen that side. so it made me a little uneasy. he put my mind at ease by not talking down to me and showing me that he had sincere appreciation of the songs that i'd written. ♪ many tried to stop me shake me up in my mind ♪ ♪ said prove to me that he's lord show me a sign ♪ ♪ what kind of sign they need when it all come from within ♪ ♪ when the lost has been found what's to come has already been ♪ ♪ i just keep pressing on pressing on on and on and on and
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on ♪ >> he's a kindred spirit to me of a rare kind. kind of man you don't meet every day that you're lucky to meet if you do. >> bob dylan has been one of my best friends, along with willie nelson. >> probably he and bob had a lot of good ideas to exchange, because they come from entirely different places. but jimmy and i basically come from the same spot. ♪ >> we had been invited to this party that governor carter was throwing for bob dylan. so we got there just as the last guest was leaving. >> bob dylan and his band had already gone home. and i'm sure i had taken off my dress-up clothes, kind of. >> there's this guy standing on the porch. he had on this old pair of levi's, holes in them. no shirt, no shoes. i thought, who's this bum hanging out at the governor's
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mansion? well, it was him. there's a full bottle of j and b scotch sitting there which we proceeded to drink just about all of. he says, you know, i'm going to be our next president. >> i went out on the porch and had a drink with greg. but i don't remember a bottle of scotch. i only -- i limited myself to one drink of wine or whiskey a day. so that may be a little bit exaggeration. >> he was cool, he enjoyed our music. he was real. and he became a friend. ♪ oh i'm not gonna let them catch me no ♪ ♪ not gonna let them catch the midnight rider ♪ >> the marquee at the civic center tells the story. tomorrow evening at 5:30, the jimmy carter for president campaign officially gets under way. >> jimmy carter campaign headquarters, may i help you, please? ♪ oh yeah hold on i'm coming ♪
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>> phil walden, the band's manager and owner of copapricor records announced carter was coming to what we used to call the capricorn picnic and games. ♪ something about you mama sure gives me the blues ♪ ♪ it's the darn stitched stockings and those buckle shoes ♪ >> phil came to the band and he said, listen, carter's going to run. he needs some money, he needs support. would you guys be willing to do some benefits for him? >> i think he's just a real fan. he came here one night to a recording session. so he befriended these performers. and his interest was genuine.
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and they could sense that. >> i think the vibe was, wow, here's this wonderful man who's been a great governor for the state of georgia, a southerner, and we had come through the nixon era. and we saw what happened with that. isn't it time for somebody with great integrity and dignity to take this office? does he really have a chance? you know, honestly, we probably thought, oh, he didn't -- odds are a little low. but let's try. you never know until you try, right? >> thank you very much for sparing the time to speak with me today. i know that you are very interested in rock music. >> yes, i am. i'm not only interested in it, what it signifies in our society, but also i enjoy it. >> who do you most enjoy listening to? >> i've really gotten to know the ones who have called on georgia better on a personal basis. they are martin tucker band, charlie daniels, allman
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brothers. >> i want to introduce to you my friends and your friends, the ones that are going to help you get elected along with you, the great allman brothers! >> when we did that first concert for the president in provident, rhode island, i don't think we gave a lot of thought to the fact that this was a political fund-raiser. hey, it was a gig. we got fans, we're going to play. ♪ i've been such a fool yeah ♪ ♪ i found myself in sorrow with a look at what you done ♪ ♪ sometimes i feel ♪
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♪ sometimes i feel i've been tied to the whipping post ♪ ♪ lord tied sometimes i feel like i'm dying ♪ >> chip came to the concert. and he was saying, you know, nobody knew it, but you know, y'all brought us into the light. >> i was practically a nonentity, but everybody knew the allman brothers, particularly the ones that came to their concerts. when the allman brothers would endorse me, all the young people there said, if the allman brothers like jimmy carter, we can vote for him. ♪ sometimes i feel by myself oh sometimes i feel that i've tied ♪ welcomed bath fitter into their homes? it just fits.
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♪ i believe in human beings, in equal opportunity and freedom, and equality of opportunity. and i'll fight for it. >> vote for jimmy carter, a leader for a change.
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♪ ♪ we the people, hey now, got to make the world go round ♪ ♪ got to make the world now ♪ >> there was a plan among my opponents. they'd named it abc, "anybody but carter." they would send their top person into a state to oppose me, then all the other candidates about ten of them, would support whoever came in against me. >> jimmy, who was an outsider, you know. more than just an outsider, an outsider from the south. >> he was from georgia, for christ sakes. i mean, there was something more -- start out there. at that time in the south, coming out of the south was a death warrant to try to run for national office. >> we were coming out of the watergate era. and looking for -- to be a country of integrity again. and certainly in the black communities out of which i came,
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he made an immediate connection because of that. >> while jerry brown took his entourage to woo rural votes in western maryland, jimmy carter concentrated on collecting endorsements from officials and black leaders in baltimore. >> the main confrontation i had with jerry brown, they brought him in to run against me in maryland. because he was kind of looked on as mr. moonbeam back then. they figured he'd get a lot of support in that particular area. >> if maryland sends the right message to the rest of the country, that's exactly what's going to happen. anyone else? thank you very much, thank you. thank you very much. now listen to the music. >> just like a fund-raising dinner. some people go to eat the chicken and the peas and the mashed potatoes and the gravy. other people would rather listen to the eagles and chicago and linda ronstadt. ♪ >> i remember when jerry brown jumped into the race and dragged
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linda ronstadt and the eagles along with him. it was a battle event. >> there was no battle. i think we had it wrapped up there. it was maybe too little, too late. but i don't remember having any -- didn't make me mad, you know. the eagles were doing -- how did we miss that? that's all. >> i mean, there was no real rivalry, you know. we didn't want to get in a fistfight with the eagles or anything. and i guess there was some admiration for jerry brown, you know. he was a good guy. but our guy was better. >> i liked him. i loved ronstadt. but i didn't buy into it. i just didn't -- honestly, i didn't think he had the gravitas. bringing the eagles along didn't help that. ♪ i've been put down i've been pushed round ♪ ♪ when will i be loved ♪
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>> when i went to oregon, i had a couple of events and very few people showed up. and jimmy buffett had promised to help me if i ever needed him. so i called jimmy buffett and asked him if he would come to oregon and perform, which i knew would gather a big crowd. >> i picked up the campaign in portland, oregon. i remember the band was there. it was -- they didn't have a sound system big enough for the band, so a couple of us got out with acoustic guitars. we were pretty popular up in the oregon and washington at that time. so we probably drew, i don't know, 15,000 people out there, something like that. it was outside. ♪ ♪ questions that bothered him
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so ♪ >> jerry brown was ahead of me before jimmy buffett came. but with jimmy buffett's help, i came out quite well. >> thank you very much! thank you, vote for jimmy carter. >> the rock 'n' roll aspect of the campaign, first of all, it was about raising money. second, it was about trying to reach to a younger generation with somebody hip enough to get it. ♪ >> "rolling stone" had first made its mark in national politics in the '72 election when mcgovern ran against nixon. hunter thompson got the presidential beat. in 1974, '75, he was in georgia
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and heard jimmy carter speak at something called law day. >> hunter thompson was sitting in the back of the audience because he had come with teddy kennedy. he was going outside, putting wild turkey whiskey in his iced tea glass. but he listened to my speech. the speech made a great impression on him. >> i saw him push teddy kennedy around in athens, atlanta. i'd never seen ted kennedy pushed around anywhere, in any room, and i was stunned. i'd never seen a politician do that before. he just pushed teddy aside, like out of the way, i got work to do, move aside. and kennedy was stunned. i was stunned. ♪ >> hunter thompson spent three nights with me and rosa at our house, and he became a very close personal friend of mine. i remember one time during the campaign, since we'd had a previous relationship, he thought he could have first crack at getting an interview with me. and jody powell, my press
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jimmy carter comes along, and he's being supported by some of the most famous important people in the rock world. namely the allman brothers. and they spoke in the words and language of the rock 'n' roll era. >> one thing in carter's association with rock music, that was the music of change, and you know, and disdense and hippies and pot smokers. there was a risk politically for that, and it didn't matter to him. ♪ >> well, it was, you know, these are times when some of the guys were experimenting pretty heavily with various drugs. and gregg had a connection to get pharmaceutical cocaine from a pharmacist, and there was a middleman, and they were all caught. and then they turned to gregg and said, all right, we're going to offer you immunity, which means you have to testify. if you don't testify, you have to go sit in jail until you're
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ready to testify. and that was really tough. you can imagine the position greg was in. he didn't want to rat on his friend, you know. he had to testify. or otherwise, he would have just been sitting behind bars for god knows how long. ♪ she don't like she don't like she don't like cocaine ♪ >> the trial begins. gregg testifies. it's just a tumultuous time. and not only the drug bust, okay? at that point the allmans had been together for quite some time. it -- i think there was just a toll taken, and it was time for a break. >> as an example of how compassionate jimmy carter was, while the rest of the allman brothers turned on gregg for his testimony in court, jimmy never did. i mean, he thought this was the moment to help somebody, when
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they're down. >> well, can you imagine, you know, he's running for the office of the presidency of the united states. he could have easily said, look, sorry, gregg. sorry, capricorn. sorry, allman brothers band. this is too big a risk for me to take, i can't do it, i'm going to go this way. love you guys, good-bye. but he didn't do that. he didn't turn his back on any of us. >> i had some problems with drugs when i was a kid. my father helped me. he made me his driver in the campaign. i don't think he judges people. i really don't believe that he is a judge what was you do personally. i don't think he cares. he wants you to be who you when are you're with him. gregg was a good example of that, i think. ♪ ♪ yeah yeah hey ♪
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♪ when you wish upon a star your dream will take you very far yeah ♪ >> our nation has seen a failure of leadership. we've been hurt, and we've been disillusioned. we've seen a wall go up that separates us from our own government. we've lost some precious things that historically have bound our people and our government together. it's now a time for healing. we want to have faith again. we want to be proud again. we just want the truth again. it's time for the people to run the government and not the other way around. [ cheers and applause ] [ crowd chanting: we want c carter ]
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>> the next first lady of the united states, mrs. rosalynn carter. >> thank you very much. i have campaigned since april of last year all over the country. we have learned the country. the country has learned about us. the campaign has drawn my family close together, and i believe that my family can draw this country close together. >> '76 was the first time i could vote. and i cast my vote proudly for jimmy carter. and my stepmother, june carter, insisted that they were cousins, although it couldn't quite connect the tree. but i'm sure they were. so we voted that day. and they didn't call the
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election early in the evening. i went to bed that night not knowing. and i heard my dad around 5:00 in the morning whooping and yelling. and june as well. they were screaming, "he won, he won, he won." it was a lot of excitement. >> governor carter, are you prepared to take the constitutional oath? >> i am. >> will you place your left hand on the bible and raise your right hand and repeat after me. i, adjustmentmy carter, do solemnly swear -- >> i, jimmy carter, solemnly swear -- >> that i will faithfully execute the office of the president of the united states and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend -- >> preserve, protect, and defend -- >> the constitution of the united states. >> the constitution of the united states. >> so help me, god.
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>> so help me, god. >> congratulations.
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>> john wane, i said what's it called? a cue card. i had it signed by john wayne, and it says hello, i'm john wayne. >> hello, my name is john wayne. i've come here tonight to pay my respects to our 39th president, our new commander in chief and to wish you god speed, sir, in the unchartered waters ahead. i am considered a member of the opposition. accent on the loyal, i'll have it no other way. >> he was a wonderful american. we disagreed on politics but we wouldn't get the panama canal treaties signed.
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he called every republican senator several times trying to get them to vote with us on those things. so it was a way the commonality of what you believed in and getting it done was something that was happening back there. >> in conclusion, may i add my voice to the millions of others around the world, we wish you well, mr. president. we ask only one thing, that you preserve this one nation under god, with liberty and justice for all. and we know that you will, sir. thank you. [ applause ] >> it was a really pleasant night. everybody was, you know, happy for him. and surprised that john wayne showed up. it was an honor to be asked to perform. >> i'd like to dedicate this song to jimmy carter in the hopes that a time of righteousness and dignity may now be upon us.
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♪ >> many is the time i've been mistaken. ♪ and many times confused ♪ i've often felt forsaken ♪ ♪ and certainly misused ♪ ♪ but i'm all right i'm all right ♪ ♪ i'm just weary to my bones ♪ ♪ still you don't expect to be bright and bon vivant so far away from home ♪ ♪ so far away from home ♪ >> paul simon and aretha
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thank you very much. being the president of the greatest country on earth, are you having a good time? so are we. >> i can definitely feel in my heart that we helped him become president. a lot of other people did, too. but we had a hand in it. >> you're looking good. >> gregg allman became one of
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the first invited to the white house when i got to be president. >> i had dinner with him the first night he had dinner in the white house. they were showing him where to put the spoons and the plates and all this. they had the finger bowls. >> being from plains, we had never had finger bowls. we showed up at the white house and at lunch and dinner they put a crystal bowl with water in it and a lemon geranium leaf in it. what you're supposed to do is use the leaf to rub your fingers and rings in the finger bowl. we oftentimes sat there with guests who had never had a finger bowl like gregg and cher. >> she picked up the glass and started drinking from it. had a gar deania hit a little flower in it. >> when we finished, all of us washed our hands in the finger bowl and moved on to the next course. ♪
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♪ >> various entertains would come to the white house and oftentimes unannounced. many times they would say they're at the front gate and they don't have them scheduled to see the president, can you take care of them? my office was in the west wing in the basement and they hung out. everybody would come by and meet them and then finally took them in to see the president. ♪ ♪ will you come see me ♪ ♪ thursdays and saturdays ♪ >> this was the first time young people were kind of in charge. this is really ground breaking when you come out of the nixon era. they liked and listened to rock 'n' roll. we weren't just window dressing. when we went to the white house, we were welcomed in.
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>> it was kind of funny because i was on crutches at the time. i had just been to jamaica, i think it was, and i got busted down there. so i was so glad to get out of jail that i jumped off the porch and sprung my ankle. then the next day i had to go see the president of the united states. so it was really kind of funny. we laughed about it a lot. ♪ >> president carter has an encyclopedia knowledge of all music. not just rock 'n' roll. a deep, deep knowledge of classical music. he also knows a lot about blues and an awful lot about jazz. >> when i had this opportunity to produce music at the white house, it was one of the most moving moments in my life in
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jazz. >> many concerts were held at the white house. maybe more than any other four years. the jazz concert is the one i remember the most. it was just magical. ♪ ♪ >> i was deeply infatuated with jazz musicians. so it was a great honor and pleasure to bring to the white house these people that in many cases had not been previously recognized for their great contribution to our society. >> if there was ever an
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indigenous art form, one that has special and peculiar to the united states and represents what we are as a country, i would say that it is jazz. at first this jazz form was not well accepted in respectable circles. i think there was an element of racism perhaps at the beginning. because most of the famous earlier performers were black, and particularly in the south, to have black and white musicians playing together was not a normal thing. and i believe that this particular form of music, of art has done as much as anything to break down those barriers. and to let us live and work and play and make beautiful music together. [ applause ] >> the president, his
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highness -- [ laughter ] >> -- has asked to us play a tune that we played at the white house when we were here before. we're going to play this tune, the name of it is "salt peanuts." but there are some diplomatic strings attached. [ laughter ] to wit, that the president himself, his majesty -- >> right on! [ laughter ] >> sing the lyrics. [ cheers and applause ] >> all right, all right! >> dizzy gillespie asked me to come up and join him in singing "salt peanuts," which is a very peculiar song. and that was the only time when i was in the white house that "the new york times"
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congratulated me on my rhythm, not on my tone, but my rhythm. ♪ salt peanuts, salt peanuts! salt peanuts, salt peanuts! ♪ ♪ salt peanuts salt peanuts ♪ ♪ ♪ salt peanuts salt peanuts ♪ ♪ salt peanuts salt peanuts ♪ [ laughter ] ♪ >> wait, wait, wait, i just want to ask one question. would you like to go on the road with us? [ laughter ] >> i might have to after tonight. >> president carter loved jazz. he loved all kinds of music. but he really did love jazz. and i have always thought that music was our best ambassador.
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and especially jazz because it is so identified with america and being very special to america, and music is one of the, i think, most vibrant, i think, parts of south power. >> south power is the use of culture, music, jimmy carter was i think the best ever at his understanding of it. mainly because he was a fan. he used music in a way that helped anymore his politics. he used music to entertain members of congress a lot at different events did he on the white house lawn that had never been done quite that way. your future starts today at [♪] you no longer need to visit a dermatologist for top skincare ingredients. introducing dermageek's detoxifying facial serum
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>> i think one of the great events i remember was president carter had a nascar event and had none other than willie nelson come in and sing, outside on the south lawn of the white house. he had race cars come in. had some of the big-time drivers of that era there and had members of congress who were just eating this up. ♪ irene good night ♪ ♪ irene good night ♪ ♪ good night irene ♪
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♪ good night irene ♪ ♪ i'll see you in my dreams ♪ ♪ stop your rambling and stop your gambling ♪ ♪ stop staying out so late at night ♪ ♪ go home to your wife and your family ♪ ♪ and stay by the fire side bright ♪ >> my mother was in charge of all the events that happened at the white house. so when they wanted to do a concert, my mother would be the one to say, everything was going on around it. >> i just want to say that it has been a wonderful evening for me and it could only have been
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better if jimmy had been here to hear you. >> when willie nelson came and performed at the white house, president carter was at camp david for 13 days with begin and sadat. and it was for good reason. >> i have to go back to camp david. i'm sorry. but i want to leave you with one thought. you know how very important the summit is and how much is at stake in these meetings. i want to ask to you continue to pray for jimmy, for prime minister begin, for president sadat. pray for them. pray for those who are with them and that the summit will be a success. good night. i love every one of you. [ applause ] >> if you've ever read the history of the talks between begin and sadat, it is riveting story of how many times each of the other side were willing to pull out and in fact, that
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carter was there with his wife, managing the whole thing, going from side to side. not just policy but the personality things. all things you really need to do to reconcile people who have hated each other for their life times. >> i had been hired to work specifically on foreign policy issues for the carter administration. as someone that was sitting in washington while they were all at camp david, it was fairly nerve-racking. because people kept saying, when are they coming down? when are they coming down from the mountain? and they were there for a couple of weeks. >> he brings both these guys, takes them up on top of that mountain in camp david and locks them up. back and forth and back and forth. and it almost fell apart. and then it starts looking like it's going to happen. and as carter realizes that he's
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going to get a deal, he's going to get a camp david accords between the biggest army in the middle east, egypt, and the israelis. >> president carter really used his knowledge of the subject and his willingness to talk to people in a very direct way to get a result. he was very good i think about being able to put himself into other people's shoes. to understand what they needed. >> the odds of pulling off this peace treaty between sadat and begin was slight. and a lot of his international advisers were saying don't this. and carter had this moment in time that he knew he had a shot at it so he did. >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states, the president of the arab republic of egypt, and the prime minister of israel. [ applause ]
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>> he put his life and soul into that. it's been the most important and only breakthrough, really, in the middle east. >> we are privileged to witness tonight a significant achievement in the cause of peace. >> president carter was interested in having a moral foreign policy. he thought that our dedication to human rights, america's value system, was what he wanted to represent. and he did make the pursuit of human rights all over the world one of his basic tenets about national security policy. the best of america. what are we about? [ cheers ] >> human rights. the right to live like a human. that's something that president jimmy carter tried to make real
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with his foreign policy. and he had difficulty implementing it around the world. but at least he was trying. >> he sent me to africa with a note. a torn piece of paper. i want you to ask african leaders what they expect from this administration and how we can help them. that's revolutionary. >> with the coming of the new year, a new and controversial chapter in america's relationship with asia. here in washington this morning, the flag of the people's republic of china raised for the first time at what's now the chinese embassy. that ceremony one of several marking the opening of formal ties and the end of formal relations with taiwan. >> in terms of opening up to china, president carter followed through on what had been an opening by a republican president. and i find the bipartisanship of that is something that is worth
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noting, given what some of the atmosphere has been on that reasonable. -- recently. >> the chinese investor came. like president carter would always do, is there anything i can do for you? anything you want? and the ambassador said yes, i would like to go to nashville. ♪ >> the president asked me to put that trip together. and it was just a magnificent weekend. because nashville rolled out the red carpet at jimmy carter's request for this first people's republic of china ambassador. it started with the luncheon of every business leader in the music business, coming to the bmi conference room. that lunch ended with barbara man dorell as the doors opened, standing there with her combo singing, sleeping single in a double bed, as the interim -- interpreter was telling the ambassador what he was singing,
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he just died laughing. then the weekend ended with sunday morning brunch. minnie pearl came. june and johnny cash came. the terrific remembrance i have of this is dixie rings the bell and says breakfast is served. this is sunday morning and it's nashville. in 1979, somebody would usually say a blessing. but we had our guest from beijing there and it was a hesitant moment there. and all of a sudden, johnny cash and june carter started singing, "shall the circle be unbroken." ♪ will the circle be unbroken ♪ ♪ by and by lord ♪ ♪ in the sky in the sky ♪
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national treasure and indeed, a worldwide source of entertainment enjoyment that transcends language and transcends national borders. it is always good to see to come out of south have an unexpected achievement. [ applause ] >> i think what they underestimated about president carter is what a dedicated, patriotic, smart political person he was. people did think that he was just this peanut farmer that had come up from georgia, forgetting that he had been a governor, that he had had military service, and he was somebody who loved history and was somebody that was so proud to be an american. >> ladies and gentlemen, loretta lynn. break a leg. [ applause ] ♪
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♪ well i was born a coal miner's daughter in a cabin on a hill in the holler ♪ ♪ we were poor but we had love ♪ ♪ that's the one thing daddy made sure of ♪ ♪ he shoveled coal to make a poor man's dollar ♪ >> i believe one of the reasons musicians were drawn to president carter and vice versa, he was a man of the earth. for god's sake, he was a peanut farmer. he was raised around that music. that was part of that culture. shakespeare said if music be the language of love, play on. my favorite is lord fletcher saltoon. he said were i able to make the ballads of a nation, i need not write its laws.
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the songs that any given 10 or 20-year period will more honestly or accurately reflected what happened. ♪ well i think the world changed since way back then ♪ ♪ and it's so good to be back home again ♪ ♪ not much left but the floor ♪ ♪ no one lives here will anymore ♪ ♪ except the memories of a coal miner's daughter ♪ [ applause ] >> carter had a lot of entertaining with his music friends he had. loretta lynn, conway twitty, tom t. hall. all the greats of that era performed in the east room of the white house to honor jimmy carter. ♪
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[ scatting ] >> i was lucky enough to go to the state dinner for the shah of iran. pretty grand affair. the entertainment was none other than sarah vaughn and dizzy gillespie. [ scatting ] ♪ >> president carter had worked so hard on relationships with iran, frankly, and he was someone who analyzed from my perspective national security policy very carefully. but it was a very complex period. >> this was not the first time the shah of iran has been forced to flee his country. this time his absence will certainly be much longer. >> the shah becomes very sick with cancer. he is trying to get to america to get treatment. and there was a lot of pushback
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from a lot of corners of foreign policy not to do that. afraid of what it would uncork. the thing that is part of that history that's been known is the republican foreign policy establishment that led the charge on carter to let the shah in to get his treatment. >> i would say very firmly that under no circumstances can the united states give into the blackmail that seems to be practiced by the demonstrators in iran. they claim to provide the medical service to the shah of iran who is very, very ill with cancer. >> i kind of don't disagree that was probably the humanitarian thing to do. but it was part of the problem that led to the hostage situation. ♪ >>-muslim stunts occupying the embassy in iran have now called for their government to break all relations with the united states. the crowd burned the american flag and demanded the united states return the shah who is in
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a new york city hospital to iran for trial. the students took more than 50 hostages and said they would not be released until the shah is in iran ♪ one way or another ♪ ♪ i'm going to find you i'm going to get cha get cha get cha one way or another ♪ ♪ i'm going to win ya ♪ >> the iranian hostage crisis was a genuine disaster in so many different ways. because what happened was that a number of our diplomats in iran had been seized and held and in so many ways, it completely paralyzed the carter administration because we had to deal with it day by day. people thought, why is this happening? we're the most powerful country in the world and we can't rescue these hostages. >> my thoughts and my prayers for our hostages in iran are as though they were my own sons and daughters. >> i was under a great deal of strain. a lot of people were advising me
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to bomb iran. i knew if i bombed iran, it would kill the hostages first thing. >> he was dedicated to getting those hostages home alive at almost any political cost. being president is a very lonely job. you're all by yourself. carter would retreat to his study and listen to willie nelson. if i remember correctly at that time it was a gospel music album. he made his decisions in the solitude of that room. >> i went into the room where harry truman used to have his office, next door to the bedroom. i would play willie nelson music primarily so i could think about my problems and say a few prayers. ♪ amazing grace how sweet the sound ♪ ♪ that saved a wretch like me ♪
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♪ i once was lost but now i'm found ♪ ♪ i was blind but now i see ♪ >> if iran has brought home one thing to americans, it is that foreign affairs cannot be separated from our domestic concerns. concern about the hostages, about oil prices and supply. what concerns people, voters, also concerns politicians. this is a presidential election year and iran has upset the best laid plans of most of the candidates. >> on a political point, he could have gone in any time and attacked tehran. multiple lives lost on both sides and he would have been a hero to the american people. but his only interest was getting the american hostages back alive to their families. >> i think a lot of other politically strategic military thinking would have done something a bit bolder.
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>> the 1980 re-election campaign opened up in the north part of alabama. >> when charlie daniels, look at charlie, he is a pretty good republican. he was a great friend. he and carter got along well and we were with the president. >> when the president arrived, the secret service was all up tight. because a whole delegation of ku clan folks showed up to jeer and wave signs at him. i'll never forget that. ♪ >> the devil went down to georgia he was looking for a soul to steal. and the devil jumped up and
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said, boy, let me tell you why. i guess you didn't know it, but i'm a fiddle player too. >> if you care to make a dare, i'll play a bet with you. ♪ you play a pretty good fiddle but give devil his due ♪ ♪ i've got a fiddle of gold ♪ >> and i think i'm better than you. >> i said these people in white sheets do not understand our region and what it has been through. they do not understand what our country stands for. they do not understand the south and all of america must move forward. our past is a rich source of inspiration. we've had lessons that we learned with a great deal of pain, but the past is not a place to live. we must go forward in the south and we will. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> we had to walk through this gauntlet of all these guys.
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and carter being jimmy carter, he would stop and jeer back at them about what cowards they were. >> the guys with the white hoods and the burning crosses did not like that. >> there was a lot of discontent. >> there had been outrageous inflation. in this country through about three presidents. you had 18% interest, 18% inflation, and you had the price of gas through the ceiling and you had long lines back in '79 and '80, people running out of gas. and it made carter appear like he was weak. >> are you and your family more secure after four years of jimmy carter? >> no! >> and is america still a country that enjoys respect throughout the world? >> no! >> i think there was a sense of spiritual depression, where there was a sense in which we were stuck.
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then the cultural climate changed because of all the various factors, economic and geopolitical. the global climate and the national climate changed, and i think that tilted the election as much as anything else. >> it was the one-year anniversary of the iran hostage crisis, and all the networks had special programs and president carter's numbers just took a nosedive. >> our election map tells the story of the presidential race. carter won 52 electoral votes. reagan in a land slide, 486. anderson, none. but i've always felt all along that he got the shortest end of the stick of any president that i could think of in modern history. >> the irony of the carter presidency is that many of its accomplishments about which he is proud are in the hands of the man who is going to be sworn in next tuesday.
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ronald reagan. such accomplishments as an energy policy or separate education department, the deregulation of business or the reorganization of the government, all those could be undone by ronald reagan. >> i was one of the last people in the white house when the administration changed. and i had gone out to andrews air force base with a lot of other people to go and say goodbye to president carter. and it was at that moment that the hostages were released to president reagan. >> there were tears in the eyes of mr. carter's aides when the presidential jet went out of its way to fly over the white house one last time. in plains, mr. carter made his first public statement since the freeing of the hostages. >> just a few moments ago on air force one before we landed, i had received word officially for the first time that the aircraft carrying the 52 american hostages had cleared iranian air
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space on the first leg of a journey home and that every one of the 52 hostages was alive, was well, and free. >> he was praising that day. that's what he wanted. he didn't care about how and when it happened. >> he handled the crisis in a peaceful way. took a lot of courage to do that. >> i tried when i was president to pre serve the peace and i'm grateful now that i went through four years in the white house. and we never dropped a bomb. we never fired a missile. we never shot a bullet to kill another person. and i would say that my religious commitment to the prince of peace was an important part of one of the basic principles that i tried to preserve.
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i think he took that loss with incredible grace and dignity. i'm sure he had to think a lot about what he would do. i think he probably entertained the idea of coming to atlanta and living and maybe working out
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of atlanta. but he made the decision, they did, to go back to plains, georgia. and i thought that was very cool. go back to the small town. be who you are. >> it worked out well. we ended up coming home, starting the carter center and starting our new lives. so we missed the white house, sure. but in what we might be able to accomplish there but it didn't slow down dad's desire to help people. >> we heard president carter speak. he talked about when they left the white house and he said, we realize that we had a lot of life left and we had to figure out what we wanted to do with our lives. and i think there has not been a president with anyone who has done more since they left office than even they did when they were in office and i think it is a testament to them as a couple, just the humanitarians they have been to us as a nation and to the world.
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>> the carter center is joint between my parents and we only do projects that nobody else is doing. so we'll take the lead on these things that are not household names, not here in the united states but worldwide. >> i associate president carter with the eradication of guinea worm. he used to carry a jar of guinea worm around with him. and frighten people into action. >> the worm comes out of a joint like the knee. it swells out and destroys the tissue so the aftermath is very similar to polio. it did he believe takes the knee and sometimes the leg is crippled for the rest of one's life. >> when we were fighting hiv
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aids with antiviral drugs, say, look, if you just had three of these, you stay alive. three of these. and show people what they look like. eventually it became one but it was three. >> completely eradicated before the last beginy worm to die before i do. >> president carter and the carter center, and i know this from travels in africa and around the world. they're trusted. and the truth is they had the level of trust that you don't often see around the world from an institution that is embedded in america. >> this morning former president jimmy carter won the nobel peace prize for, quote, his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts. ♪ ♪ georgia, georgia the whole way through ♪ ♪ just an old sweet song keeps
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georgia on my mind ♪ >> when i went to europe to be there when jimmy carter received the nobel peace prize, it was one of the greatest moments of my life. because i knew it was one of the greatest moments in his, and he definitely deserved that prize. ♪ and peaceful dreams i see ♪ ♪ the road leads back to you ♪ >> i'm very humbled as well as proud because i recognize how many people have shared with me the commitments and how much work they have done without recognition and my hope is that this award will be adequately appreciated by all of them who i feel are part of my own family and i'm especially grateful to
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rosalynn. she's been a part of everything i've ever done. >> she's been a good calming influence on dad, and she has changed his mind politically on some big issues that i've really appreciated, like the death penalty, for instance. my mother has always been against it. dad always had a few exceptions that he would accept, and my mother for years would not accept a single thing that he did. and now dad is against the death penalty. so she has changed him over the years. >> what i've learned from her is probably the greatest gift in a marriage is to take a supporting role. it takes a lot more strength. it takes a lot more patience. and then that's why i guess only when the light shines on her, she just blows you away. >> rose and i have been involved
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in habitat for humanity for 40 years. and 35 years in a row we have devoted a full week to building houses. one year we go overseas and the next year we build somewhere in the united states. >> i look and i see the homeowners and then i see all the wonderful volunteers who are just working to do something just working to do something good for somebody. i thank you. >> i would say the best habitat volunteers we ever had with us have been garth brooks and trisha yearwood. >> you know, they say everything comes from the top down. well, the top at habitat are the carters. the guy is 40 years older than me and he runs circles around me. it's no the a competition. these are his words, not a competition as long as our house gets done first. that's how he does it. rever? grandpa coming out of retirement
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this is the first world leader that i knew to know the words to all the words to the songs. to my song telegraph. ♪ ♪ one man comes in the name of love ♪ ♪ one man come and go ♪
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♪ one man comes and just sit by ♪ ♪ one man you will overthrow ♪ ♪ in the name of love ♪ ♪ what more in the name of love ♪ >> bono is a rock star. niles is a rock star. but president carter was a rock star to thaefrn night. >> often mem say don't meet your you'd ols because they won't live up to what you expect. that was not the case for president carter. ♪ >> we have any visitors here?
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okay. and where you from? i want to start here and in the front. where are you from many? >> maryland. >> maryland. >> california. >> california. >> south dakota. >> california. >> texas. >> north carolina. >> washington, d.c. i used to live in some of these places. >> it's impossible to define jimmy. i think of him as a simple kind of man. like in the lynyrd skynyrd song. takes his time. doesn't live too fast. he will come but they will pass. find a woman and find love, and don't forget there is always someone above. there are many sides to him. he's a nuclear engineer. he is a wood working carpenter and also a poet, he is a drifter f you told me he was a race car driver, i wouldn't be surprised. >> it's up to every one of us to make a basic decision this is
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kind of person that i want to be. ♪ don't you worry you'll find yourself ♪ ♪ i know your heart ♪ >> i watched him over the years. i watched him do what i think was the right thing to do time after time after time with all the odds against him. he still did what he thought was right. that's not a bad pattern for all of us to follow. ♪ simple kind of man ♪ won't you do this my son if you can. >> his love for music makes sense to me. music is the voice of heart.
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it is the voicest soul. when you talk about heart and soul, i think he's the president in my mind of my living time that i can think of that brought it to the office. >> i think music is the best proof that people have one thing in common no matter where you live, no matter what your language is. in the future, i think we'll recognize that some of our religious beliefs, belief in the truth, belief in helping others and our faith in democracy and freedom, those are the kind of things that are similar to music that we can share and eventually will bring us together even after divisive era of constant changing history. ♪ simple kind of man ♪ >> to what extent do you think you'll succeed? i mean by that, will you be satisfy philadelphia you just
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get through it or do you really think you have a chance for greatness? >> well, i hope i have a chance to exemplify what the american people are and what they would like to be f i can stay close to the people in this country and not disappoint them, i think i have a chance to be a great president. ♪ make the world go around ♪
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>> it's the beatles! >> nothing but a bunch of british elvis presley. >> the beatles, from then on, 1,000 different things around us. there is a desire to get power for good. pop musicians in


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