February 17th, 2005


Mecha Jimmy Carter!

I just learned that Jimmy Carter is about to become the first ex-president to be refitted as a giant robot.

According to this press release from the Navy, "Jimmy Carter will have built-in flexibility and an array of new warfighting features," including a "multimission platform (MMP), which ... will enable Jimmy Carter to accommodate the advanced technology required to develop and test a new generation of weapons, sensors and undersea vehicles for naval special warfare, tactical surveillance and mine-warfare operations." "[T]he 12,130-ton Jimmy Carter is 453 feet in length, has a beam of 40 feet, and can operate at speeds exceeding 25 knots when submerged."

I'm so excited about this news that I might have misread portions of the press release. But even if I've overstated some of Jimmy Carter's new abilities, it's still quite impressive.