Bert Lance, confidant of Jimmy Carter, dead at 82 [View all]
Bert Lance, the former state highway director who helped Jimmy Carter climb to the presidency and then joined his White House administration, died Thursday evening. He was 82.
State Sen. Jason Carter, the former presidentís grandson, confirmed that President Carter was notified of Lanceís death within the last few hours.
Below is the top of the excellent advance obituary that my former AJC partner, Tom Baxter, wrote before he retired:
Bert Lance, who coined the phrase, ďIf it ainít broke, donít fix it,Ē advised politicians from Zell Miller to Jesse Jackson, and was director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Jimmy Carter, has died.