I was reading about Jimmy Carter's latest antics today and then the next article featured a story of B.J. Clinton cussing after an interview regarding his wife. It made me think about some of the things that I have seen with our past Republican candidates. George Bush (41) did work with Clinton shortly to help restore New Orleans, and of course he was seen parachuting on his 80th birthday. That's it. Nothing else. No campaigning for his sons, no traveling the globe to seek out hugs from terrorists. Nothing . Then I thought of Regan and Ford. Pretty much the same. Regan went to almost immediate seclusion because of his Alzheimer's Disease and Ford just decided to stay out of the light. But Jimmy and BJ just can't stay out of the spot light. They had more than their 15 minutes of fame and they crave more and more.
What causes this insatiable desire to keep in the public eye. Is it because of their joyful disposition and the desire to make mankind better? Not the case with Carter, he is going without being asked to greet people declared an enemy of the state (and will someone please revoke his passport!). For Clinton I am sure that it is just part of the penance that he has to pay for past "indiscretions". I am sure that he would love nothing more than to be back home in Harlem cruising the strip.
While not the president, I have a good idea of how I will spend my retirement, and it won't be following the leadership of these guys. I might write my memoirs and hope to sell 2-3 copies. I will learn to fish better, I will spend time with my grandkids. And if I ever see a picture of myself like either of these two guys I think that I will move to Teirra Del Fuego.