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January 18th, 2012
08:31 PM ET

Web Extra: Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter give Piers Morgan an exclusive tour of the former president's Oval Office replica

On Wednesday, Piers Morgan enjoyed an exclusive, guided tour of the Carter Center in Atlanta, which features an exact replica of the Oval Office as it appeared during President Carter's time in the White House. Asked what's it's like to walk through the office today, Carter says "It makes you feel at home. It brings back a lot of memories."

One particularly noteworthy item in the office is a large globe that is featured prominently next to his desk:

Carter remembers staying focused on the Soviet Union. "It was during the Cold War, and I would turn that globe to Moscow and would try to put myself in the heart and mind of President Brezhnev, to make sure that he and I didn't do anything that would precipitate a nuclear war."

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  1. Alex Bellen

    Carter is happy with an "Islamist" government in Egypt. Would he be happy with a "Christianity" Government in the USA?

    January 18, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • LA Bob

      Carter is the most christian president we have had. He walks the talk.

      Idiots criticize his honesty and well informed opinions.

      He is right on the two state solution, our dealings with Hamas and most issues in the Mid -east.
      He was 100% right on the dumb Iraq War.

      January 20, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. harvey

    Please ask the former President how can anyone sit down and discuss peace when there country is not recognized.

    January 18, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Graham

      Palestine is recognized as a State by UNESCO and about 100 countries recognize Palestine as a State. A two-state solution is, as President Carter has said, the route to peace for everyone in the region.

      January 18, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • TODD

        They tried that in 1948 and the Arabs rejected it.

        January 19, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |

    Thanks for an intelligent interview

    January 18, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Graham

    This interview with President Carter presents such a contrast to the political leadership we see today. President Carter's integrity, honesty, and pursuit of fundamental human ideals such as peace are admirable. He seeks fairness and transparency.

    January 18, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Chris J

    What a perfect match. A tabloid hack seeking media attention interviewing a failed ex-president seeking media attention.

    January 18, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Rob E

    The softball questions and Morgan's apparent acceptance of Carter's revisionist history of his Presidency is sickening. Those us around then remember the gas lines, 20% mortgage rates, Soviets invading countries unchallenged, and iranian hostage crisis. Cater's post presidency escapades do not change his failed leadership. Ironic that the 2 Democratic Presidents since he left office have turned their back on him.

    January 18, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chris

      And then there are those of us who remember that it was a GLOBAL recession that started 6 years prior to Carter taking office. And it was the Carter Doctrine that stopped the Soviets from what they really wanted to do which was to expand into Iran for oil and a warm water port. And I also remember Reagan scrapping his plan to use more solar and farm byproduct based fuels that might have led to energy independence by 2000 such as we now see in Brazil!

      January 19, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Rob E

        Nice try, but runaway inflation and obscene mortgage rates occurred during the Carter Presidency. You can put lipstick on it but it is still a failed presidency. Carter Doctrine?....oh...that brought us the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan because they knew Carter was weak....his response...keep American athletes from the 1980 Moscow Olympics. The Iranians witnessed this weakness and only released the hostages (oh and let's recall the Carter micro-managed rescue effort - poorly planned/manned –with dead American soldiers in the desert) upon Reagan's ascendancy to the White House. Thankfully, the Reagan landslide and revolution gave Carter some time to think about why he chose to spend his energies worrying about who was scheduled to play on the White House tennis courts– rather than confront national security threats.

        January 22, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joe

    Thanks for the interview with Jimmy Carter. Truely this man has proven the Nobel Prize he recieved has been earned many times. Here is a wise man. We need to shut up and listen to wise peace advocates and stop following war mongers. . Thanks Jimmy and Piers.

    January 18, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • bill huston

      i want to say joe u are right president carter is a great man and i look up to him i pray he lives to 100 .

      January 19, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Richard

    Joe beat me to it, but another great interview by Piers.

    January 18, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Don

    Being Canadian and having a vastly different political system versus your own (USA), the interview Piers conducted with former President Carter (and his wife) was both insightful and regrettable. Regrettably, here is a former United States President that is significantly undervalued within US political history – yet remaining insightful as a man having both moral and spiritual convictions while being sincerely dedicated to his country and people prior to, during and post Presidency. Echoing a portion of an earlier comment, perhaps it’s well past the time to stop and listen to an individual as sincere and genuine as former President Carter and take heed to the wisdom which would be offered. I continually watch and enjoy your CNN show Piers, and once again another enjoyable and personable interview with an individual who is of significant value to humanity.

    January 18, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Rob

    Piers. I must say I was super impressed with the respectful, friendly manner you handled the former president. I feel you were at your best.

    January 18, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. jim

    I am sitting watching the interview with President Carter and the 1st lady throughly enjoying the interview. I had the privledge to cast my 1st presidental vote for President Carter. I can also say it is the only vote I have never regretted or 2nd quessed. Thank you for a fine interview also thank you Mr. President and 1st Lady.

    January 19, 2012 at 1:06 am | Report abuse | Reply


      January 19, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Vicente

    My vote for President Carter was the only one I have cast with no doubt if I was doing the right thing. He never behaved like a politician but rather told us the truth. It is unfortunate that most of us were not ready to listen. If we had heeded his warnings about our gasoline over-consumption we would not be in the mess we are in today. If more world leaders had his peace-loving nature instead of the much more common "eye for an eye" philosophy we might today have peace in the Middle East. I admire his post-presidency contributions to the good of humanity. I look forward to reading his book and I hope he has many more years left to help make this world a better place. I hope he never stops "meddling" in spite of the criticism he receives for doing so because his excellent judgement is second to none.

    January 19, 2012 at 3:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Nick C

    Piers – I like your interviews as they always involve someone interesting.

    May I suggest though, when someone as important and seasoned as President Jimmy Carter is answering your questions that you let him finish before hitting in and jumping to a new topic almost as if you weren't listening. (This is towards the part where you ask him about entrepreneurial start and jump to his book and Obamas speech)

    I found it very rude and unfulfilled interview. I'm left wanting to hear the rest of his story(s).

    Appreciate your professionalism and attention on this. I understand you have a style, but please be courteous to fragile history banks when they are giving you the opportunity to hear what's on their minds. You may get shot down on someone very important if they find you disrespectful especially on air.

    I'm a 27 yr old male and anytime someone with knowledge and power (past or present) is speaking, I listen in hopes to learn something and become a better man.


    January 19, 2012 at 3:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Valerie Smith

    I am so grateful that I was up late last night and happened to catch at least part of this wonderful interview, and I concur with many of the previous responses. Will this be re-broadcast so that I can see it in its entirety?

    January 19, 2012 at 7:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. AMcLean

    Very nice, respectful interview with Pres. Carter & Mrs. Carter. Thank you, I really enjoyed it and appreciated the respect you showed them.

    January 19, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Ruegene H.

    I am so glad I was up and could enjoy and learn some important facts from the interview.

    January 19, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Marc

    Great interview with the Carters. I'm glad someone finally acknowleged that the so-called "Malaise Speech" was right on the money when it was made and still rings true today.

    January 19, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Rap Tor

    Jimmy Carter spoke out and reacted to race-baiting comments by republican presidential candidates only to be questioned by Morgan if that is really what they are doing. Carter responds that he has seen this tactic all his life, it is real and knows it when he hears it. Yet I came away with a sense that Piers does not understand race-baiting exists.

    Jimmy Carter knows something. Yet, the right wing media has created an image and painted a portrait of the former president that is so wide and so deep that for whatever reason, he is unable to break through. His failures were almost 100% his fault. Yet when you examine what they say his failures were, then one must rethink if "failure" is really what Jimmy Carter was. Maybe, that is just what we were told. And we fell for it.
    Further examination in context is required.

    January 19, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Joshua Zambrano

    After watching the interview, and learning more about Carter, I can't understand why people didn't like him. At least he's a sincere Christian unlike most of the Republicans in office. I have opposed Obama since 2004, you won't find a more adamant opponent of Obama's than me – I despised his support for killing newborn children (Born Alive bills). However, Carter appears everything a president should be, principled, compassionate, just, and sensible on economics. I was wondering before this interview who our last good president was, and now believe I have an answer. And for the record, I don't even like Piers or CNN, I prefer FOX News or C-Span. I thought Piers was trying to con Carter into making the interview an effective Obama endorsement, and thought Carter handled the trickery tactfully. I was surprised Carter did not call out Obama, however, as Carter struck me as a very honest person, and with honesty should come a willingness to criticize dishonesty – which Obama has in spades.

    January 19, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Barbara McNinch

    Piers Morgan a nice great show with Jimmy Carter. Very well done, enjoyed it and the conversation.

    January 22, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Barbara McNinch

    Piers Morgan your show with former Mayor Cuomo I did not care for because I do not like him. Cuomo is 'full of it'. I thought Cuomo was dead wrong concerning obama and putting the blame on Congress. Congress wants to stop obama in his tracks he is destroying America and of course do not want obama for 4 more years. The people do not want obamanos to be re-elected! Does
    he not hear the people of the United States!? NO MORE OBAMANOS! Speaker Boehner/Congress is also doing what the American people want...they hear us! We will VOTE obama out!

    January 22, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Barbara McNinch

    Piers Morgan I do enjoy your shows and I like you. Some guests I like and some I don't. I also enjoy you and your opinions on
    America's Got Talent. I did vote for Jimmy Carter and admired him and his wife for all that they did and do for humanity. Thanks
    for having interesting people on as the Carter's. His advice is 'right on' for presidents to tell the truth. I hope we have learned as a
    people and a nation that God may have put obama here for us to learn humility, turn away from sin, to put God back into America,
    have a greater faith in Him and pray that the Lord will Bless America. I have all the faith in the world that God will take care of America if we put Him back into our daily lives and back into America with prayer in schools, ten commandments back in, etc. Thank you for allowing the people to voice our freedom of speech.

    January 22, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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