"Unforgettable Gravitas" = forgettable stiffness
His post-presidential work with the Carter Center fighting guinea-worm disease, river blindness, and other plagues has likewise turned him into a global humanitarian folk hero.
"Global humanitarian folk hero" = someone much less well-known abroad than at home but more welcome overseas than in his own country
Carter Mr. Clean Energy had become the butt of innumerable jokes.
"Mr. Clean Energy" = Mr. Scared of Killer Rabbit or Mr. Obsessively Scrutinized White House Tennis Court Sign-Up Sheets
Carter also deserves credit for establishing Channel Islands National Park in Southern California, the favorite marine paradise of many in the movie industry, and for protecting the Dakota Badlands from ruin.
"Deserves credit" = signed bills upgrading already federally protected National Monuments to National Parks which increased tourist traffic to threatened ecosystems
In my estimation, the greatest environmental speech ever delivered to Congress was Carters stunningly prescient May 23, 1977 message.
"Stunningly prescient" = mindnumbingly mixing banal rhetoric with billion dollar spending proposals
And Carter was the avatar of mass-transit.
"Avatar" = manifestation of a deity in bodily form on earth.
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