President Jimmy Carter on the virtues of riding a Trikke [video]

Jimmy Carter rides Trikke
President Jimmy Carter rides a Trikke in San Diego in 2012.

“It’s a tricycle, Mr. President, you’re on a tricycle!”

“They call it a Trikke, yeah,” says Jimmy Carter, former president of the United States. He’s carving around his property in Plains, Georgia, educating CBS reporter Leslie Stahl about Trikke carving vehicles on 60 Minutes (original airdate: September 19, 2010).

“It gives you a workout from your ankles all the way up to your shoulders and your neck,” adds the man who served as leader of the free world from 1977-1981. “There’s no jarring to your joints and that sort of thing.”

Stahl seems unconvinced, even though she’s much younger than Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, now approaching their mid nineties. Mrs. Carter tells her the Trikke is “great exercise” and offers Stahl a test-drive.

“No, I’m afraid,” says Stahl, a reporter who’s braved the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. “I’m a wimp.

Good thing the Carters aren’t.

Since his tenure in the White House, former President Jimmy Carter has gone on to make Nobel-Peace-Prize-worthy contributions to the world through the Carter Center. In partnership with Emory University in metropolitan Atlanta, the Center is committed to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering, and seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.

But as far as Trikke riders are concern, perhaps one of President Jimmy Carter’s finer moments came during his 60 Minutes appearance, where he helped educate America about the wonders of the joyride of the 21st century.

See the Carters talk about their Trikkes on 60 Minutes Overtime:

See the Carters talking about Trikke on 60 Minutes in this video (13 minutes in):

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