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Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat (at right) is the author of the book "President Carter: The white House Years."
Stuart Eizenstat

U.S. diplomat and attorney Stuart Eizenstat recently published a 1,024-page book on the one-term presidency of Jimmy Carter, for whom he served as a chief adviser, and he’s headed to St. Louis this week to talk about it.

But in conversation with host Don Marsh on Monday’s St. Louis on the Air, Eizenstat also offered some thoughts on another one-term presidency he observed closely – that of George H.W. Bush, who died Friday.

“He was in many ways, somewhat like Carter, a ferocious campaigner, but who did, when he was in office, what he thought was the politically right thing rather than the politically advantageous thing,” the former ambassador to the European Union said of Bush. “It’s not coincidence, perhaps, that both were one-term presidents.”