Kevin Mattson


On his book What the Heck Are You Up To, Mr. President?”: Jimmy Carter, America’s “Malaise,” and the Speech that Should Have Changed the Country

Cover Interview of February 07, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“How Jimmy Carter gave one of the toughest speeches in the history of presidential speeches.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Who are we as a nation: selfish individualists or citizens and members of a commonwealth?”

On the second:

“1979 makes you realize that the chaos of the 1960s never really ended; it just turned uglier.”