PLAINS, Ga. — For the second consecutive week, former President Jimmy Carter on Sunday brought up the unrest in Egypt at the start of his Sunday school class at Maranatha Baptist Church.
Carter said he was to have been in Atlanta this week meeting with “some top American leaders and some top leaders from Syria” but the leaders didn’t want to be away during this time of turmoil.
In his class remarks last week, Carter said he guessed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak “will have to leave,” and that he finds the unrest the most profound situation since leaving office in 1981.
“I tell the truth. Sometimes I don’t tell the whole truth,” he said today. “I got some negative responses, but I said, ‘So be it,’ ” said Carter, drawing laughs.
“We hope it will be resolved peacefully,” he said.
“A lot of people have underestimated how tough Mubarak is,” he said today. “He’s stamped out or put in prison anyone who has challenged him politically.”
Carter views the majority of the protesters as “ordinary people ... who want freedom and democracy.”
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