Jimmy Carter, at 90, was in the area to attend the change of command of the attack submarine USS Jimmy Carter.
He was a failed president. I remember him as the holier-than-thou Baptist. He frustrated even his chief of staff, Hamilton Jordan, who later became my friend. But along with John Quincy Adams, he has been our best former president.
He was the only president to graduate from the Naval Academy, was a protege of Admiral Hyman Rickover, and intended to make the Navy his career until his father died. He was also the only president to "qualify in submarines."
Only years later did I understand what an achievement this was. Sailors and officers (like Carter) were trained before being assigned to subs. But to "qualify" meant learning every job, skill and task aboard a submarine. So it's a huge accomplishment and the mastery that makes a submariner special.
So no chickenhawk has standing to criticize Carter.
Now, I was simply trying to say something nice about the man. But as is often the case with "social media" — god, I hate the 21st century — it didn't end there.