What’s your Issaquah IQ?

June 28, 2012

So, you think you know Issaquah? Is the city just another buttoned-up suburb? Nope. Issaquah is home to more than 30,000 people — and more than a century of secrets. Issaquah anecdotes stretch deep into the past and continue into the 21st century. Look beyond the basics to discover tidbits and trivia.

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Former President Jimmy Carter greets Issaquah fans

November 2, 2010

Former President Jimmy Carter takes a break from signing copies of 'White House Diary' at the Issaquah Costco Oct. 27. By Greg Farrar

Costco event attracts almost 1,000 people

In Issaquah, more than 30 years after President Jimmy Carter delivered the so-called malaise speech, the former president finally uttered the word.

Carter — during a break from a packed Oct. 27 book signing at the local Costco — said a lack of national confidence set the stage for a Washington outsider to run for president in 1976.

“There was a lot of dissatisfaction back in those days with the government and with incumbents in office,” he said. “I really capitalized on that, there’s no doubt about that. Because we had had the Watergate scandal, we had had the Vietnam disgrace, we had had the Kennedy brothers assassinated and Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, so there was just a general malaise about what was going on in Washington.”

The scene at Costco carried flickers of the enthusiasm Carter inspired among the electorate a generation ago.

The former president, 86, attracted almost 1,000 people to the Issaquah stop on a tour to promote “White House Diary” — a frank account of the single term he spent in the White House from 1977-81.

Carter — encircled by a retinue of aides, Secret Service agents and Costco employees — strolled through the cavernous store just before noon to a table cordoned behind velvet ropes near jewelry cases and cookware displays.

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Former President Jimmy Carter brings book tour to Issaquah

October 27, 2010

Former President Jimmy Carter takes a break from signing copies of 'White House Diary' at the Issaquah Costco Wednesday. By Greg Farrar

NEW — 2:25 p.m. Oct. 27, 2010

In Issaquah, more than 30 years after President Jimmy Carter delivered the so-called malaise speech, the former president finally uttered the word.

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Jimmy Carter offers another chapter on tumultuous presidency

October 19, 2010

Former president brings book tour to Costco

Jimmy Carter owes a lot to Richard Nixon.

Sure, the Watergate scandal set the stage for the Washington outsider persona Carter cultivated on the stump in 1976, but the former peanut farmer credits Nixon for something else: the reason he started a diary.

Former President Jimmy Carter signs copies of ‘Living Faith’ during a 1996 stop at the Issaquah Costco. File

Back in the early 1970s, Carter and future first lady Rosalynn attended a White House reception.

Carter, then the governor of Georgia, had not met a president before.

“Nixon reached out to my wife and he shook her hand and said, ‘Young lady, do you keep a diary?’ Rosalynn said, ‘No.’ He said, ‘Well, you ought to keep a diary to let people know in future years what happened to you at the White House,” Carter recalled in a phone interview last week.

The idea lingered and Carter, then a little-known Southerner, put pen to paper. Nixon, of course, preferred to tape record.

Carter recounts the prescient scene in the opening pages of “White House Diary,” the annotated, edited and candid account of a tumultuous era.

The former president — in the midst of a national tour to promote the tome — is due in Issaquah next week to sign copies at Costco. (Carter last appeared at the local Costco on a 1996 book tour.)

“I think a lot of people are intrigued by my personal insights into the struggles and achievements and doubts and fears and accomplishments — and sometimes failures — of an incumbent president,” he said.

Carter, 86, outlined parallels between the political squabbles of a generation ago and the present day.

“Many issues carried over from my time — and I had a very difficult time dealing with them — and are now on the desk of President Obama,” he said.

The nettlesome struggle to foster peace in the Middle East, questions about energy policy, a hostile regime in Iran and a lethargic economy — for the record, Carter did not use the word “malaise” — continue to shape the debate in the other Washington.

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Jimmy Carter to appear at Costco

September 21, 2010

Former President Jimmy Carter will stop at the Issaquah Costco in late October to sign copies of his latest book, a collection of excerpts from the private diary he kept as president.

Carter is due at Costco, 801 10th Ave. N.W., from noon – 1:30 p.m. Oct. 27. Call the warehouse at 313-0965 to learn more.

The former president, 85, is on tour to promote “White House Diary” — a behind-the-scenes account of the inner workings of the Carter White House and a peek inside the Camp David Accords, the Iran hostage crisis and the 1980 battle for the Democratic nomination.

Carter has written more than 20 books in the 30 years since he lost the White House to Ronald Reagan.