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Delegates wearing Jimmy Carter smile masks at the Democratic National Convention
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Illustration of a red lipped toothy grin on a green background

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James Earl Carter Jr., better known as Jimmy Carter, was the 39th president of the United States between 1977 to 1981. After serving a term as Georgia governor between 1971 and 1975, Carter began his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. As he was quite unknown outside of his home state of Georgia, Carter's campaign centered around his every-man anonymity and peanut farming background -- a breath of fresh air after the public's confidence in the government took a hit with both the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal. During his surprisingly successful rise to the presidency, Carter became known for his trademark toothy grin which was plastered across campaign buttons, banners, masks, and even peanut paraphernalia.

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