Lots of life in the exclusive ex-presidents club
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the republic's first 200 years, just three presidents survived more than two decades after leaving office. The odds for ex-presidents have improved considerably since then.
Jimmy Carter has been out of office 32 years, and George H.W. Bush passed the two-decade mark this year. Bill Clinton and George W. Bush both are still going strong. And Gerald Ford lived nearly 30 years after leaving office.
There's a lot happening in the ex-presidents club these days -- thanks to increasing longevity, the personalities of the current members and expanding opportunities for influence.
All this activity isn't new. Andrew Johnson was elected to the Senate after his presidency; William Howard Taft became a Supreme Court justice; John Quincy Adams served in the House, and Teddy Roosevelt created the Bull Moose Party.