While Jimmy Carter hoped to make Government more competent and compassionate he was faced with the reality of rising energy costs, inflation and national tension.
His term saw no deaths in combat and America was at peace with the world.
Some achievements that were gained during his term were an increase of nearly eight million jobs and the national budget deficit was decreasing.
His domestic policies were well noted. Fighting for environmental improvements long before the rest of the country had considered Global warming. He expanded the National Park system including 103 million acres in Alaska.
He divided Department of Health, Education and Welfare into Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services. Creating the Department of Energy he strived to reduce the American dependence on imported oil. He sought to deregulate transportation, communications and finance.
Record numbers of minorities were given governmental jobs during his term.
He fought hard for and was successful in his Camp David talks with Egypt and Israel. The end of a 31 year war was achieved because of his help.
With the Cold war in full swing he was still able to complete the negotiation of the SALT II nuclear limitation with the Soviet Union. Sadly the Soviets didn't follow through invading Afghanistan.
He kept the word of former Americans and gave control of the Panama Canal back to Panama. He was fundamental in establishing ties with the People's Republic of China.
He had to face the harsh reality that the hostage crisis in Iran would haunt him on the campaign trail. The 52 Americans that were held were released the same day that Carter left the office.
Since his term in office he has been the most active former President. Working tirelessly for Habitat for Humanity . He has helped to defuse international crises from North Korea to Haiti. In 2002 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for "for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development."