GLEN ALLEN, Va. -- Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter appeared Saturday afternoon at Costco in Glen Allen. From noon to 2 p.m. President Carter signed 1,450 copies of his new book A Full Life. Only Costco members were allowed in the store, so bring your Costco card if you plan to attend the signing.
Those who attended underwent a few rounds of security before getting close to President Carter. When asked if customers would be allowed to take a photo -- specifically a selfie -- with the former president, a Costco representative said Fridday that he doubted it, but admitted those decisions would ultimately be made by Carter's security team.
Carter signed his book in a make-shift area of the wholesale superstore. The Costco representative, who asked to remain anonymous, said Carter was - by far - the biggest celebrity he recalls ever being at the Glen Allen store.
Carter fans were allowed to bring up to five items for him to sign, but those items are limited to previous Carter books.
In the book, which will be sold for $15.29, Carter "reflects on his public and private life with a frankness that is disarming."
Jimmy Carter, thirty-ninth President, Nobel Peace Prize winner, international humanitarian, fisherman, reflects on his full and happy life with pride, humor, and a few second thoughts.
At ninety, Jimmy Carter reflects on his public and private life with a frankness that is disarming. He adds detail and emotion about his youth in rural Georgia that he described in his magnificent An Hour Before Daylight. He writes about racism and the isolation of the Carters. He describes the brutality of the hazing regimen at Annapolis, and how he nearly lost his life twice serving on submarines and his amazing interview with Admiral Rickover. He describes the profound influence his mother had on him, and how he admired his father even though he didn’t emulate him. He admits that he decided to quit the Navy and later enter politics without consulting his wife, Rosalynn, and how appalled he is in retrospect.
In A Full Life, Carter tells what he is proud of and what he might do differently. He discusses his regret at losing his re-election, but how he and Rosalynn pushed on and made a new life and second and third rewarding careers. He is frank about the presidents who have succeeded him, world leaders, and his passions for the causes he cares most about, particularly the condition of women and the deprived people of the developing world.
This is a wise and moving look back from this remarkable man. Jimmy Carter has lived one of our great American lives—from rural obscurity to world fame, universal respect, and contentment. A Full Life is an extraordinary read.