Jimmy Carter: From defeat (and debt) to a Nobel
Jimmy Carter (D) returned to Plains, Ga., in early 1981 after his defeat by Ronald Reagan (R) to find his blind trust had been mismanaged, leaving him $1 million in debt. He turned to writing, helping to build affordable housing and promoting democracy and human rights abroad (for which he won the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize). His approval rating, just 31 percent in late 1980, was measued in a CNN poll at 69 percent in 2009. At the end of the recent movie ''Argo,'' Carter, much maligned as ineffective, acknowledged he approved a daring rescue of six U.S. Embassy workers in Tehran in 1980 but added he couldn't publicize it, for fear of jeopardizing the fate of other Americans then held by the Iranians.