Jimmy Carter, trounced in 1980, gets fresh look from history

Jimmy Carter is sometimes called a better former president than he was president. 40 years removed from the White House, the most famous resident of Plains, Georgia, is riding a new wave of attention as biographers, filmmakers, climate activists and Carter’s fellow Democrats push to recast his presidential legacy, even as Republicans sometimes try to remind voters of the volatile economy and international affairs that doomed Carter to one term.