Kickass and Jimmy Carter on Delta Queen

Kickass, the doorstop dog, shares the keeper’s hero worship of Jimmy Carter for being the kind of man he is and demonstrating it through all of his long life.  Included, of course, is the keeper’s three-day float down the Mississippi on the Delta Queen with Jimmy and Rosalynn when Jimmy was in office, and the keeper was part of a three-person press pool.

When Jody Powell, Jimmy’s press person, suggested the keeper talk to the President about the area trout streams, the result was a one-on-one big-fish-story exchange at the Delta Queen railing, which the keeper allowed Jimmy to top, since he was, after all the POTUS.

The memory looms large for the keeper, and allows him a photo-drop excess that he sees no reason to apologize for.


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