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Jimmy Carter election

How to elect a president: Jimmy Carter, two South Georgia political novices, and the unpredictable road to the White House

Carter’s ascent from peanut farmer to president was engineered by a couple of political novices barely in their 30s: Hamilton Jordan, who served as campaign manager, and Jody Powell, a media liaison who would become press secretary. Without their audacious tactics, there would have been no President Jimmy Carter.

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