That time Jimmy Carter met the Pope

When Pope John Paul II visited President Jimmy Carter on October 6, 1979, it was first time any Pope had come to the White House, and it wouldn’t happen again until 2008. They met privately in the Oval Office for an hour, and President Carter took the worst notes ever about it. Like if there was a test on it later he definitely would have failed. Fortunately the White House issued a statement about it, saying that “the Pope and the President agreed that efforts to advance human rights constitute the compelling idea of our times.”

Notes and photo strip from the Jimmy Carter Library via the National Archives

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