Jimmy Carter has a system for signing books. He writes his name with his right hand while looking up at the person who’s receiving the book, then slides the book down the table and moves on to the next one. Sign, smile, slide, repeat.
The former president was at his book-signing best Sunday afternoon at Powell’s, autographing 1,600 books in a little more than two hours. Most of them were his new book “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power,” but his fans were allowed to buy or bring a total of six copies of any of his 28 books (no memorabilia allowed). Even with time out for breaks and slippage, Carter was signing a book every 10 seconds or so, an amazing physical feat for an 89-year-old.
“Sometimes I cramp up,” Carter said with his classic aw-shucks grin. “After about two hours I cramp up. It doesn’t hurt your arm, it hurts your shoulder.”
Nothing is cramping Carter’s style these days. He’s been on a media blitz the past couple of weeks, using a combination of relaxed charm and serious policy talk to winning effect on David Letterman, Stephen Colbert, Piers Morgan and anyone else who’ll have him. His bookstore appearances have been attracting thousands of fans, and Powell’s was stuffed with patient, good-natured people waiting for a few seconds with the former leader of the free world.
SOURCE: Jeff Baker