Former Presidents & First Ladies Promote COVID Vaccinations

Former President George W. Bush urges Americans to get vaccinated against the coronavirus
Former President George W. Bush urges Americans to get vaccinated against the coronavirus
Former President George W. Bush

Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and former First Ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton and Rosalynn Carter discuss the important role of COVID-19 vaccination in getting back to the moments we miss and love.

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News Round-Up: October 7, 2019

Fitness model Anthony Varrechia (via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

InstaHunks: So, I pretty much have no words here. Fitness model Anthony Varrechia (above) has me speechless. Please, just enjoy (and follow him on Instagram here).

Outsports: Jon Lee-Olsen, goalkeeper for Rungsted Seier Capital in Rungsted, Denmark, recently came out as gay during a live interview with Danish news. The 27-year-old becomes the first professional male ice hockey player to come out publicly as gay in Denmark and may be the only openly gay ice hockey player competing professionally in the world.

TVLine: Harry Potter vet Brendan Gleeson has been cast as President Trump in CBS Studios’ four-hour limited series based on former FBI Director James Comey’s bestselling book, A Higher Loyalty. Jeff Daniels will star as Comey in the as-yet-untitled project.

Reddit: Some folks think gay culture focuses too much on sex – others think sex is just human nature.

Men’s Variety: Congrats on being a grown-up and having sex. Now check out this list of ‘after sex’ etiquette to make sure you don’t ruin the moment.

NBC News: Just a day after falling at his home where he got a black eye and had to get stitches above his eye, Jimmy Carter, the oldest living president showed up to build a home for Habitats for Humanity. Lesson? Be like Jimmy, not like Donald.

Jimmy Carter: Trump Became President “Because The Russians Interfered On His Behalf”

Speaking at the Carter Center's retreat in Leesburg, Virginia, on Friday, former President Jimmy Carter told the crowd he believes a full investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election would reveal that Donald Trump did not indeed win the presidency.
Former President Jimmy Carter

Speaking at the Carter Center’s retreat in Leesburg, Virginia, on Friday, former President Jimmy Carter told the crowd he believes a full investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election would reveal that Donald Trump did not indeed win the presidency.

“There’s no doubt that the Russians did interfere in the election,” said Carter. “And I think the interference, although not yet quantified, if fully investigated would show that Trump didn’t actually win the election in 2016. He lost the election and he was put into office because the Russians interfered on his behalf.”

When the moderator inquired if he believes Trump is an illegitimate president, Carter replied, “Based on what I just said, which I can’t retract.”

Former President Carter: Jesus Would Approve Of Gay Marriage

Former President Jimmy Carter
(photo credit: Commonwealth Club / CC license)

In a recent interview with HuffPost Live, former President Jimmy Carter shared he believes that Jesus would approve of same-sex marriage.

Promoting his book Faith: A Journey For All, Carter was asked by journalist Marc Lamont how his religious background aligns with the concept of marriage equality.

“That’s no problem with me,” he said. “I think everyone should have a right to get married regardless of their sex.”

The only conflict Carter says he holds regarding the issue would be if a church were forced to perform same-sex marriages which conflicted with that church’s teachings. This, of course, has never happened.

“But those two partners should be able to go to the local courthouse, or to a different church, and get married,” he added.

The 39th president did say abortion was a moral “problem” for him.

“I have a hard time believing that Jesus, for instance, would approve of abortions unless it was because of rape or incest or if the mother’s life was in danger.”

Carter admitted that while he has long held a conflict on the issue he ‘went along with that” because his “oath of office was to obey the Constitution and the laws of this country, as interpreted by the Supreme Court.”

Lamont pivoted back to the topic of marriage asking point-blank, “Would Jesus have approved of gay marriage?”

The 93-year-old didn’t hesitate in answering. “I believe he would,” Carter said. “I believe Jesus would. I don’t have any verse and scripture.”

“Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere, and was not damaging to anyone else,” he added. “And I don’t see that gay marriage damages anyone else.”

A longtime ally, Carter campaigned on the idea that “homosexuals should not be singled out for discrimination.”

After winning election, in 1977 Carter became the first sitting president to invite LGBTQ advocates to the White House.

He also shared in 2010 that he feels the United States is ready for an openly gay president.

President Jimmy Carter supports marriage equality

“In all of [Jesus’] teachings about multiple things -– he never said that gay people should be condemned. I personally think it is very fine for gay people to be married in civil ceremonies.”

“I draw the line, maybe arbitrarily, in requiring by law that churches must marry people. I’m a Baptist, and I believe that each congregation is autonomous and can govern its own affairs. So if a local Baptist church wants to accept gay members on an equal basis, which my church does by the way, then that is fine. If a church decides not to, then government laws shouldn’t require them to.” – President Jimmy Carter speaking to the Huffington Post