John Paul II was elected as pope toward the end of Jimmy Carter's presidency.
President Carter was lampooned for wearing his sweater and for appearing so informal in this address. He did not ask us to conserve oil in our private homes in that speech. It was in this video that he did. I remember this speech. After it, my family set its thermostat to 68 degrees during the day and 62 or 64 at night. I still enjoy having a cold nose and warm toes at night.
Jimmy Carter's legacy is much much broader than the energy crisis and energy policy. But, as we endure another New England winter, those lessons are worth learning once again.