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Jimmy Carter: My role is 'superior' to those of the other ex-presidents

Updated 9:39 p.m.
By Matt DeLong
During an interview that aired tonight on "NBC Nightly News," former president Jimmy Carter told anchor Brian Williams that he feels his role as an an activist in troubled parts of the world is "superior" to those of other former presidents. Carter was responding to a question about the now-famous photo of President Obama with the four living ex-presidents -- Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush and Carter -- in which Carter appeared alone and off to the side while the others seemed to converse collegially.

Here's the exchange, from released excerpts:

BRIAN WILLIAMS: The last photo of you with your -- fellow former presidents, you were well off to the side on the right. And I thought to myself, well, there's -- there's a possible metaphor. (LAUGHTER) What is it -- about you, you think, the way you've -- decided to conduct your life and post-presidency? Do you feel listened to? Do you feel -- that you receive your due? Or do you feel, in fact, apart from the crowd?
JIMMY CARTER: No. I -- I feel that my role as a former president is probably superior to that of other presidents'. Primarily because of the activism and the -- and the injection of working at the Carter Center and in international affairs, and to some degree, domestic affairs, on energy conservation, on -- on environment, and things of that kind. We're right in the midst of the -- of the constant daily debate.
And -- and -- and the Carter Center has decided, under my leadership, to fill vacuums in the world. When -- when the United States won't deal with troubled areas, we go there, and we meet with leaders who can bring an end to a conflict, or an end to a human rights abuse, and so forth. So I -- I feel that I have an advantage over many other former presidents in being involved in daily affairs that have shaped the policies of our nation and the world.

Carter seems to be on a bit of a roll lately. During an interview with "60 Minutes" last week, he drew headlines when he blamed the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), whom many credit for making universal health care a lifelong mission, for derailing Carter's own health-care plan in the lead-up to the 1980 election. Kennedy lost the Democratic presidential nomination to Carter that year.

"The fact is that we would have had comprehensive health care now, had it not been for Ted Kennedy's deliberately blocking the legislation that I proposed," Carter said in the interview. "It was his fault. Ted Kennedy killed the bill."

Carter told the Associated Press on Monday that he sees echoes of his 1976 presidential bid in the tea party movement. In that campaign, Carter says he was an "outsider" who "capitalized legitimately on the dissatisfaction that was permeating our society."

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He's right, and he was superior to the president immediately preceding him and the one that followed. One thing about Carter that you can depend on, he doesn't shy away from telling the truth.

Posted by: jbowen431 | September 21, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

He's right, and he was superior to the president immediately preceding him and the one that followed. One thing about Carter that you can depend on, he doesn't shy away from telling the truth.

Posted by: jbowen431 | September 21, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Carter: "My role is 'superior' to those of the other ex-presidents"

Yep, AND your need to make amends for what you did while in office is greater too.

Posted by: illogicbuster | September 21, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

He was a national embarrassment. He was a weak, uninspiring blame-America-First type who wrecked the economy and let the Soviets dominate in world affairs. Even the idiot Iranians could see what a weak sister he was and play him for a fool.

Poor old man, still sputtering and blaming others and thinking he's so pure.

We can thank him for one thing: RONALD REAGAN!!!!!

RONALDUS MAGNUS WAS THE REAL DEAL JIMMY! HE CRUSHED YOU (and your right hand man Mondull, 4 years later) AND SHOWED YOU WHAT A REAL MAN AND REAL PRESIDENT WAS, YOU PATHETIC SAP! GET A LIFE!!!!

Posted by: Robster1 | September 21, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

"One only had to be sitting in long gas lines to bring Carter to mind"...someone wrote on here...Funny when I think of those gas lines in 1973, I think of Nixon and Ford...not Carter(he wasn't president in 1973 when gas lines started, remember?). This poor man has been blamed for everything that happened before him and after him...and he is absolutely superior in that he picked up a hammer and went to work for America(unlike the $10K a pop the elite Bushes get for talking). He has done a superior job in the world realm of helping America in numerous ways. Even Reagan acknowledged his work on freeing the Iranian hostages and sent him to receive the rewards of his efforts as Reagan took office. Thanks Jimmy for all your hard work and efforts on behalf of an undeserving/bitter/angry nation! (and by the way I voted for Ronald Reagan and watched our military families have to be moved into military leased housing overseas because our dollar flopped/devalued under our "wonderful" Ronnie and the families were suffering greatly when their rents went up drastically & they couldn't feed their families on what was left. He was the last repub I've ever voted for-learned my lesson well!)

Posted by: Sherry91 | September 21, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

He was a national embarrassment. He was a weak, uninspiring blame-America-First type who wrecked the economy and let the Soviets dominate in world affairs. Even the idiot Iranians could see what a weak sister he was and play him for a fool.

Poor old man, still sputtering and blaming others and thinking he's so pure.

We can thank him for one thing: RONALD REAGAN!!!!!

RONALDUS MAGNUS WAS THE REAL DEAL JIMMY! HE CRUSHED YOU (and your right hand man Mondull, 4 years later) AND SHOWED YOU WHAT A REAL MAN AND REAL PRESIDENT WAS, YOU PATHETIC SAP! GET A LIFE!!!!

Posted by: Robster1 | September 21, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Has Jimmy been smoking medical marijuana?

Posted by: AnnieP1 | September 21, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Indeed president Carter was a great president, certainly the best former president. For those who think, feel or have no idea what they are talking about he was a joke of a presidet I submit you submit history and verify what I just said.
There is no question whatsoever that president Carter was and is morally and intelectually superior to Reagan, the Bushes and perhaps even Clinton (Intelectually)and yet some clowns in the media and the hate mongers on the right because they lack of intelect they don't think so.
Reagn slept most of the time, ran an economy which Bush father used to call it voodoo economics, went nuts giving money to the arms merchants and war industry, Star Wars, invade Granada and was very proud of this inmense milatary victory even though over 300 hundred marines were killed in Lebanon one night and he ordered the rest to leave town. A private plane bringin our soldiers crashed killing all of them and no one evr complained, his greatest achievement Mr. GHorbachev bring down that wall.
Bush father was a catastrophy, his greatest achievent, invade Panama and take Noriega prisoner to live in the Sates at our expense.
Yeah he did the right thing when he defended and liberated Kuwait and refused to invade Iraq, besides that he waS ON VACATION MOST OF THE TIME, something that his son inherited, the one known as S.O.B. (son of a Bush) as for Jr. the worst president ever, the only left to say about him is when he is brought to justice for crimes aginst humanity.
President Clinton, already considerer among the top 5 presidents ever left US a proud and prosperous country despite his shortcomings for which this nation was the laughing stack of the world and not for what he did but what Congress and many Americans did to him including one of the greatest hipocrites, Grenwitch who at the time acuse Clinton of inmorality when he was commiting adultery and mistreating his wife at the time.
I rest my case.

Posted by: postDC | September 21, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Read the column in the Post by Harold Meyerson. It points out how Jimmy Carter is full of himself.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2010/09/jimmy_carters_superiority.html

Posted by: danielhancock | September 21, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

andrew53, there were NO SIGNS at Beck's rally. He asked people not to bring signs and no one did. Why would you lie when you post? Especially when others know so easily that you lie. Either get back to school or to your porch rocker.

Posted by: annnort | September 21, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Please permit the worst president in history (until BHO'Carter) to wallow in delusional fantasies in his last years. It doesn't endanger anyone and no one believes him.

Posted by: IQ168 | September 21, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Looks to me as though youcanthandlethetruth1 can't recognize the truth. A number of huge problems that blew up on Carter's watch were actually generated by the misconduct and/or blunders of previous administrations... for example, Iran's revolution (a consequence of the CIA coup in 1953, and a quarter century of our puppet regime, headed by the Shah) and the hostage crisis. Fact is, the hostages survived to be released, in large measure, because of things Carter did NOT do (like attacking on Iran), despite many people urging such actions.

Similarly, the oil shortage... the alternative techs we are still now developing...solar, wind, etc... were not available then, as a practical matter, and could not have been made available by anything the President could have done.

People expect too much from presidents... all of them. The President is the chief executive, commander in chief of the armed forces, and only that. Congress makes the laws of the country, the Creator made the laws of Nature, and the President must act in accordance with both. He can't levy taxes, or cure cancer with a wave of his hand. He's not the Wizard of Oz, and he isn't Superman.

Carter is a decent man, and was a good President... better than he gets credit for... in evil times. He didn't make the times evil, and much he did helped make them better. Our Republic endured those times, and without scrapping ANY of our traditional Constitutional rights, our dignity, or the rule of law. That is light years ahead of a certain recent administration, which has a well-deserved image of error, criminality and reckless foreign adventurism, though some pundits persist in trying to rehabilitate it.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | September 21, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Carter is deranged. If he would quit patting himself on the back, he might turn around and see a world filled with people who have done far more than he. He truly is sick and needs professional help. So does the current President who is so phony it is shameful. I am sick of these nut jobs. We need more rational minds running our government. The arrogance is just shocking and stomach churning from both Carter and Obama.

Posted by: greatgran1 | September 21, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Whatever happened to the concept of modesty? Carter should allowing others to sing his praises rather than blowing his own horn. It seems rather obnoxious for him to describe his post presidential career as being superior to others.

It reduces him to the stature of a mid-management job applicant trying to impress an interviewer. It comes off as desperate.

As for his record as president, I will let his record speak for itself.

Posted by: danielhancock | September 21, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Carter is a man of substance who accomplished more than most as a one term president. On the other hand, Reagan was a mythological right wing icon who turned tail and ran when the Marine Barracks was suicide bombed in Lebanon and then invaded Grenada to heal his self esteem. Americans usually will choose an empty head and a glib personality over a person of substance.

Posted by: MickeyGarcia | September 21, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

I read a couple of comments by people who remember what happened. The Federal Reserve was responsible for the inflation, well-known, well-documented. Carter got hit with OPEC cutting off the spigot but he did not cause it. I agree with those who saw Nixon as a good President in many ways, particularly on international affairs. Reagan was an amiable man who was never too involved. His Alzheimer's began to surface in his first term and was fairly evident when he ran again but the right ignored it. He ran up huge deficits on military spending and the right fails to look at the whole picture. He does have one of the best post presidencies along with Bill Clinton. Some others are well regarded in history but came before my time.

Posted by: withersb | September 21, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

ChrisFord1:

Your comment about Nixon was spot on. I have felt for many years that what you suggest will, in fact, be the case. Nixon left under the serious clouds of Watergate, but the fact is, he was the best "international" president in my lifetime(without bowing to every one). Of course, the opening of relations with China may be something we regret later (or already do).

As for Carter, double digit inflation, interest rates peaked at 21%, et al., a bad, bad president, despite the fact that economies are not controlled by the executive branch. Given the rate hikes many of us are receiving from our health care providers, I wouldn't wrest from Teddie's clutches the credit for being visionary about government health care!

Posted by: jay_thompson | September 21, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

i only want to say that in regards to

Draesop

Jimmy Carter did NOT found Habitat for Humanity.

http://tinyurl.com/2wp4wq5

Posted by: dcleo | September 21, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

i only want to say that in regards to

Draesop

Jimmy Carter did NOT found Habitat for Humanity.

http://tinyurl.com/2wp4wq5

Posted by: dcleo | September 21, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

ChrisFord1:

Your comment about Nixon was spot on. I have felt for many years that what you suggest will, in fact, be the case. Nixon left under the serious clouds of Watergate, but the fact is, he was the best "international" president in my lifetime. Of course, the opening of relations with China may be something we regret later (or already do).

As for Carter, double digit inflation, interest rates peaked at 21%, et al., a bad, bad president, despite the fact that economies are not controlled by the executive branch. Given the rate hikes many of us are receiving from our health care providers, I wouldn't wrest from Teddie's clutches the credit for being visionary about government health care!

Posted by: jay_thompson | September 21, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

ChrisFord1:

Your comment about Nixon was spot on. I have felt for many years that what you suggest will, in fact, be the case. Nixon left under the serious clouds of Watergate, but the fact is, he was the best "international" president in my lifetime. Of course, the opening of relations with China may be something we regret later (or already do).

As for Carter, double digit inflation, interest rates peaked at 21%, et al., a bad, bad president, despite the fact that economies are not controlled by the executive branch. Given the rate hikes many of us are receiving from our health care provders, I wouldn't wrest from Teddie's clutches the credit for being visionary about government health care!

Posted by: jay_thompson | September 21, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Why don't those with such hysterical condemnations of Carter and Obama provide any substatiation for their claims of incompetence or being "the worst" president? Are they just parroting what others have said, or do they in fact have reasons?

Posted by: pato_md
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A lot of you folks weren't even a gleam in your father's eyes yet when he was Pres.

Double Digit Unemployment.
Double Digit Inflation
Double Digit Interest Rates (18%)

Gas lines without any effort to develop our own resources. Like today. Wind & Solar will not cut it. Natural Gas has been found across the country in quanities to last over 50 years to keep this country independent from middle east crazies to whom we send $Billions.

Carter was the worse President in my lifetime, but, Obama may prove that wrong without a divided government. JUST LOOK WHAT POWERS HAVE BEEN SHIFTED FROM CONGRESS TO THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. Now, we will have unelected, unknown regulators running this country without any oversight. Congress can't even get information from the SEC today. Sounds more like USSR.
SILENT NO MORE!

Posted by: leasador | September 21, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

I agree with President Carter. He is the best President that America has had in my lifetime. If we had paid more attention to Mr Carter, we would have been in a much better position. The military industrial complex may not like us, the gas guzzler manufacturers may abhor us and the oil producing countries may have been drilling for less oil. I enjoy it when he, an eighty six year old Doctorate in Nuclear physics, ex nuclear submarine captain, ex President, founder of Habitat for Humanity, Nobel Prize winner is referred to as less than intelligent by people who could not find on a map or spell the names of half of the towns visited and served by President Carter. His greatness is enhanced by his recent public appearances and pronouncements including his repudiation of the Southern Baptists (his lifelong church) for their racist, sexist idelogies and practices. That has also fired up some of his dtractors. You go, Jimmy!

Posted by: Draesop | September 21, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse


He always was a sanctimonious jerk.

Posted by: Gidgmom | September 21, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

LiberalBasher:

As mentioned by some other posters, your not knowing the correct usage of "worse", "wore" and "your" speaks volumes. You're definitely not a poster child for the public education system in this country, assuming you did actually attend school.

And to add to dseib's refuting your claims, the Iranians purposely released the hostages on Regan's first day in office to embarrass Carter. The rest of your illiterate ramblings dont really deserve any further refuting.

Posted by: semilost44 | September 21, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

While his role in world affairs may be more active, it is only in his vain and delusional mind that his actions are "superior". What a putz.

Posted by: Lilycat11 | September 21, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Carter should throw his hat back into the ring in 2012.

Posted by: zippyspeed | September 21, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Former President Carter has been superior as a former President to most former Presidents. Not to Clinton (they've both been admirable), but to most.

My bet is that Carter was simply inartful in his language. He was also a great President, confronting very new types of threats (hostage-taking; an organized energy cartel; an increasingly apathetic and uninformed public) very well. Not perfectly, but well.

Post-Presidency, he has been superior to most.

Posted by: capsfan521 | September 21, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

I think that in retrospect, Jimmy Carter will wish he hadn't made that comment, true or not. He has made far greater contributions as a former President and his efforts speak for themselves. Still, were he not 86 years of age, He probably wouldn't have said what he said. Its unfortunate.

Posted by: briankenyn2 | September 21, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Carter was the worst President of my lifetime. He was a complete failure and now we can add angry and bitter to his resume. What ex-President goes around saying he is better than all the other ex-Presidents? Probably the one who is thin skinned and angry about having been labeled a failure as President. Carter was book smart, but completely ignorant in people skills and political skills. Throw in poor judgement and a go it alone bunker mentality.

Unfortunately for Carter, he doesn't control the internet and all the world's printing presses, so he will not be able to write his own fictional story of his awesome greatness.

Posted by: youcanthandlethetruth1 | September 21, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Delusions of grandeur - - another thing Carter and OBowMa have in common.

Posted by: segeny | September 21, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Sad, sad people bashing President Carter on here.

Seriously folks here is an 86 year old man spending his golden years trying to help people. Lighten up for God's sake.

Posted by: Rocky420 | September 21, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

My 2 cents for Paladine7E is that the truth always lies somewhere in the middle and although his justifications appear legitimate, they are only partially correct.

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Jimmy Carter is the worse president because.
1). Iran Hostage crisis. Notice they were release the FIRST day President Regan came into office.

Actually Carter did most of the work to get them released. Ronnie only took office the day it all ended. Carter tried a poorly designed plan to extract them that failed.

2). Cuban boat lift. Check your history. Castro emptied the prisons and sent them to american. This only EVER occurred once. You got it bucko. During President Carters presidency.

This was occurring because Cubans wanted to come to the greatest country on earth, at that time presided by Carter. There was a lot more to this story.


3). I lived through President Carters recession. I thought it was worse by far then the one we just came out of. Sorry youngens, you haven't a clue.

It always amazes me that people think the president controls the econonomy. He/she doesn't even come close. Government spending is only 20% of GDP and it is controlled by Congress and not the President, and interest rates are controlled by the Fed, which is traditionally autonomous from Presidential guidance. Presidents just get lucky or unlucky on the economic cycles during their tenure. i.e. Clinton in 99 when the deficit (not debt) was balanced primarily due to a great economy and increased receipts from taxes.

4). Oil embargo. Again, this has only occurred ONCE. You got it bucko, during president Carters time in office.

Does the president control the oil industry? I don't think so.

5). He GAVE AWAY the Panama Canal. Not a cent given in return.

This was scheduled to occur way before he took office.

These are all straw man arguments.

On the other hand I don't mean to imply Carter was a great president because he wasn't. His greates flaw in my opinion was that he could not delegate, and tried to do too much himself. I respect his graduation from the Naval Academy, and his devotion to the poor of the world, but superior is too strong a word when compared to the other presidents post tenure activities.

Posted by: dseib | September 21, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

President Carter has a skewed moral compass which he follows religiously.

Posted by: moralcompass1 | September 21, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

I am not much for the straight up, vitriolic, hate that some have for Carter. However, I must say, I do find Carter to be, absolutely, the most annoying former President in history. His particular brand of arrogance is disturbing. While Bush Sr. and Clinton, and, to a lesser extent, W, are anylitical about their Presidencies, pointing out their shortcomings, giving themseleves credit where it is due, Carter is unapologetic. I have yet to see him acknowledge a single policy failure. In the meantime, he goes around the world performing all these good works. Yet, it is never about what was done to make the world a better place. It is about what HE did to make the world a better place. I don't recall any interviews where Bush Sr. and Clinton were talking about how awesome and special they were after all the work they did regarding the tsunami a few years ago. That is not to say that Carter hasn't done good things, but it is hard to believe that he did those things for any other reason than the edification of his own ego. The day he starts taking responsibility for his shortcomings and the failures of his Presidency, I will start taking him seriously.

Posted by: mathewcarson1975 | September 21, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

As usual, Carter is correct. It will just take 40 years for some people to figure it out, one of whom appears here in duplicate ad infinitum.

Posted by: merrill1 | September 21, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

As usual, Carter is right. It will take the rest of the df's in this country 40 years to figure it out.

Posted by: merrill1 | September 21, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Posted by LiberalBasher:
Seriously, your father should have wore a rubber. Your to stupid to live.

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Where do I start with the irony? That you're calling someone "stupid" when you can't even spell? Or that you can't construct a sentence in proper English?

You must have been the guy at the Glenn Beck rally with the "Love America!" sign with "America" spelled wrong.

Posted by: Andrew53 | September 21, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse

After reading so many of the posts, I'm reminded of Carter's attack rabbit. Is there another out there?

Posted by: gfafblifr | September 21, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse

He's joking, right? This from a man who denigrates the US at every opportunity. Lambastes other Presidents with whom he disagrees. The man does not have one iota of class, doesn't even know what it is. Jimmy, do us all a favor and shut up and go away. You are a disgrace.

Posted by: kavalair | September 21, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

It's official, the worst president this country has ever has finally flipped his cork. We are looking for all democrats to contribute to a fund to lock Carter up.

Posted by: lori9 | September 21, 2010 6:59 AM | Report abuse

It's official, the worst president this country has ever has finally flipped his cork. We are looking for all democrats to contribute to a fund to lock Carter up.

Posted by: lori9 | September 21, 2010 6:59 AM | Report abuse

Any article on Carter should always mention the fact that the American people couldn't wait to throw him out of office when his first term was up.

A lot of young people aren't aware of this fact.

Posted by: corco02az | September 21, 2010 6:38 AM | Report abuse

Clearly, dealing with reality has never been Mr. Carter's forte.

Posted by: jackdonaghy | September 21, 2010 5:51 AM | Report abuse

Why don't those with such hysterical condemnations of Carter and Obama provide any substatiation for their claims of incompetence or being "the worst" president? Are they just parroting what others have said, or do they in fact have reasons?

Posted by: pato_md | September 21, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse
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Jimmy Carter is the worse president because.
1). Iran Hostage crisis. Notice they were release the FIRST day President Regan came into office.
2). Cuban boat lift. Check your history. Castro emptied the prisons and sent them to american. This only EVER occurred once. You got it bucko. During President Carters presidency.
3). I lived through President Carters recession. I thought it was worse by far then the one we just came out of. Sorry youngens, you haven't a clue.
4). Oil embargo. Again, this has only occurred ONCE. You got it bucko, during president Carters time in office.
5). He GAVE AWAY the Panama Canal. Not a cent given in return.

Should I go on pato_md. You really should read up on things now shouldn't you before you make stupid comments.

And the comment about President Obama being as bad or worse than President CArter. This is a comparison to Carter you idiot. This is a prediction that President Obama will be considered based on HIS policies to President Carter. The presidency is still young stupid. There is plenty of time for President Obama to screw up royally, and for other nations to abuse this nation, just as occurred under President Carter.

Seriously, your father should have wore a rubber. Your to stupid to live.

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Carter--
The "Misery Index", the sum of unemployment plus inflation, was the (highest, lowest, median) recorded under President Carter (Highest)

Under President Obama, the number of people living in poverty (including 30% of all blacks) has reached the (highest, lowest, median) figure recorded
President Obama--Highest.

'Nuff said

Posted by: PALADIN7E | September 21, 2010 4:28 AM | Report abuse

Carter's greatest achievement as president was the creation of Nightline, born from the Iranian hostage crisis. Ted Koppel will always be grateful.

The Carter clan can claim 2 dubious achievements: (i) one of the worst presidencies and (ii) one of the worst beers (Billy Beer tasted like raw sewage).

Posted by: randysbailin | September 21, 2010 3:54 AM | Report abuse

I think that most people would agree that Mr. Carter is better as an ex-president than as a president.....

Posted by: eeterrific | September 21, 2010 3:00 AM | Report abuse

Why don't those with such hysterical condemnations of Carter and Obama provide any substatiation for their claims of incompetence or being "the worst" president? Are they just parroting what others have said, or do they in fact have reasons?

Posted by: pato_md | September 21, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse
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Jimmy Carter is the worse president because.
1). Iran Hostage crisis. Notice they were release the FIRST day President Regan came into office.
2). Cuban boat lift. Check your history. Castro emptied the prisons and sent them to american. This only EVER occurred once. You got it bucko. During President Carters presidency.
3). I lived through President Carters recession. I thought it was worse by far then the one we just came out of. Sorry youngens, you haven't a clue.
4). Oil embargo. Again, this has only occurred ONCE. You got it bucko, during president Carters time in office.
5). He GAVE AWAY the Panama Canal. Not a cent given in return.

Should I go on pato_md. You really should read up on things now shouldn't you before you make stupid comments.

And the comment about President Obama being as bad or worse than President CArter. This is a comparison to Carter you idiot. This is a prediction that President Obama will be considered based on HIS policies to President Carter. The presidency is still young stupid. There is plenty of time for President Obama to screw up royally, and for other nations to abuse this nation, just as occurred under President Carter.

Seriously, your father should have wore a rubber. Your to stupid to live.

Posted by: LiberalBasher | September 21, 2010 2:23 AM | Report abuse

Why don't those with such hysterical condemnations of Carter and Obama provide any substatiation for their claims of incompetence or being "the worst" president? Are they just parroting what others have said, or do they in fact have reasons?

Posted by: pato_md | September 21, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse
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Jimmy Carter is the worse president because.
1). Iran Hostage crisis. Notice they were release the FIRST day President Regan came into office.
2). Cuban boat lift. Check your history. Castro emptied the prisons and sent them to american. This only EVER occurred once. You got it bucko. During President Carters presidency.
3). I lived through President Carters recession. I thought it was worse by far then the one we just came out of. Sorry youngens, you haven't a clue.
4). Oil embargo. Again, this has only occurred ONCE. You got it bucko, during president Carters time in office.
5). He GAVE AWAY the Panama Canal. Not a cent given in return.

Should I go on pato_md. You really should read up on things now shouldn't you before you make stupid comments.

And the comment about President Obama being as bad or worse than President CArter. This is a comparison to Carter you idiot. This is a prediction that President Obama will be considered based on HIS policies to President Carter. The presidency is still young stupid. There is plenty of time for President Obama to screw up royally, and for other nations to abuse this nation, just as occurred under President Carter.

Seriously, your father should have wore a rubber. Your to stupid to live.

Posted by: LiberalBasher | September 21, 2010 2:22 AM | Report abuse

Why don't those with such hysterical condemnations of Carter and Obama provide any substatiation for their claims of incompetence or being "the worst" president? Are they just parroting what others have said, or do they in fact have reasons?

Posted by: pato_md | September 21, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse
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Jimmy Carter is the worse president because.
1). Iran Hostage crisis. Notice they were release the FIRST day President Regan came into office.
2). Cuban boat lift. Check your history. Castro emptied the prisons and sent them to american. This only EVER occurred once. You got it bucko. During President Carters presidency.
3). I lived through President Carters recession. I thought it was worse by far then the one we just came out of. Sorry youngens, you haven't a clue.
4). Oil embargo. Again, this has only occurred ONCE. You got it bucko, during president Carters time in office.
5). He GAVE AWAY the Panama Canal. Not a cent given in return.

Should I go on pato_md. You really should read up on things now shouldn't you before you make stupid comments.

And the comment about President Obama being as bad or worse than President CArter. This is a comparison to Carter you idiot. This is a prediction that President Obama will be considered based on HIS policies to President Carter. The presidency is still young stupid. There is plenty of time for President Obama to screw up royally, and for other nations to abuse this nation, just as occurred under President Carter.

Seriously, your father should have wore a rubber. Your to stupid to live.

Posted by: LiberalBasher | September 21, 2010 2:21 AM | Report abuse

So much of what set the public's teeth on edge about Carter when he was president is on display in this interview. He's a good man, but sometimes hard to take.

Posted by: cassandra9 | September 21, 2010 1:33 AM | Report abuse

So much of what set the public's teeth on edge about Carter when he was president is on display in this interview. He's a good man, but sometimes hard to take.

Posted by: cassandra9 | September 21, 2010 1:26 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Carter has certainly played a “superior” role in psychiatric science. He has exemplified a heretofore unrecognized malady – Narcissistic Dementia!

Posted by: dcn1 | September 21, 2010 1:12 AM | Report abuse


He'll always be "Peanut Six". A gutless, spineless coward with an ego (and mouth) that doesn't know when to quit.


Posted by: AG11 | September 21, 2010 1:00 AM | Report abuse

To: gilbertbp... I'm sorry that you consider returning combat veterans as less fortunate. Thanks for your advise. I gave it the attention it deserved.

Posted by: whocares666 | September 21, 2010 12:53 AM | Report abuse

JIMMY CARTER: No. I -- I feel that my role as a former president is probably superior to that of other presidents'.

too bad your Presidency wasn't.

Posted by: dilettante | September 21, 2010 12:37 AM | Report abuse

JIMMY CARTER: No. I -- I feel that my role as a former president is probably superior to that of other presidents'.

too bad your Presidency wasn't.

Posted by: dilettante | September 21, 2010 12:36 AM | Report abuse

Why don't those with such hysterical condemnations of Carter and Obama provide any substatiation for their claims of incompetence or being "the worst" president? Are they just parroting what others have said, or do they in fact have reasons?

Posted by: pato_md | September 21, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

And here I thought Nixon was the "worst" president ever, what with the lies, corruption, and secret war "stuff"
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Nixon is one of the ones who will slowly and surely rise in the history books as a consequential President, with lasting accomplishments that outweigh his flaws.

Like Truman, Eisenhower, LBJ, and what is looking like a Bill Clinton that will grow in reputation.
Reagan may shrink in esteem because of the long-term adverse effects of free trade, concentration of wealth in the hands of a few, voodoo economics and the deregulation of Wall Street.

Jimmy Carter though was regarded at the end of his Presidency as a poor one - and all his homebuilding activism is nice, but doesn't show any skill that indicates he was a better President than circumstances showed him. His flitting off on his own for diplomacy like declaring N Korea ended it's nuke program thanks to Jimmy, undercut Bush, Reagan - and Bill Clinton particularly - will not rehab him. It makes him look like a clueless meddler and loose cannon.

US Grant did more lasting contribution post-Presidency just writing his autobiography.
Nixons post-Presidency books are a lasting political contribution, as was his behind the scenes advice to all Presidents but Jimmy Carter - who knew better than Nixon how world events should be handled.
Truman by not doing much, but returning like Cincinnatus to resume being a humble citizen was another great example. George Washington and Jefferson did it - someone leaving the Presidency may not serve the best interests of the country by running amok as some activist accountable to no one. It may be best if they leave the meddling out and do a decent retirement acknowledging they have zero power now, contributing behind the scenes to who the people have currently elected.

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | September 20, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Carter is one of the darkest stains on the Pantheon of American history. Thank goodness that this disaster of a President and a human being has no standing other than with uber-libs and their terrorist counterparts. Carter never met a dictator he didn't love and never loved ordinary Americans. He is a bitter,decrepit, racist, and anti-Semitic old man whose legacy will always epitomize arrogance and failure (not unlike the current administration).

Posted by: freepost | September 20, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

I've always wondered if the rescue attempt of the hostages hadn't ended up as a disaster in the sandstorm in the desert of Iran, and actually suceeded, would it have turned the tide for the electorate? The pictures of the Iranian official poking a pencil in the charred skull of the US serviceman probably ruined Carter's hopes of ever getting re-elected and turned some Americans against Iran and Carter forever.

Posted by: gapinsent | September 20, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Jimmy Carter may not have been our greatest President but he is ceretainly not the worst. That title goes to George W. Bush who will go down in the history books as the man who lied us into a disastorous war that has killed millions of innocent women and children. May he burn in hell!

Posted by: phansen1 | September 20, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

With all dur respect to you chumps with the easy shots...the man, Carter, has a point. He happened to lose his second term to a fine looking piece of crap that went on to initiate the destruction of our nation, the debasement of Congress, illegal wars, a hearty smile and a healthy nap when needed. Yeah, President Carter was no Ronald Reagan. Thank goodness for that.

Example: How many lives have been saved in Egypt and Israel because of President Carter's intervention?

Example: How many live were lost in the blowing up of the Beirut Barracks? And old man Reagan simply cut line and ran outta there.

It's to damn easy taking cheap insults at Carter that he in no way deserves.

Posted by: jato11 | September 20, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

With all dur respect to you chumps with the easy shots...the man, Carter, has a point. He happened to lose his second term to a fine looking piece of crap that went on to initiate the destruction of our nation, the debasement of Congress, illegal wars, a hearty smile and a healthy nap when needed. Yeah, President Carter was no Ronald Reagan. Thank goodness for that.

Example: How many lives have been saved in Egypt and Israel because of President Carter's intervention?

Example: How many live were lost in the blowing up of the Beirut Barracks? And old man Reagan simply cut line and ran outta there.

It's to damn easy taking cheap insults at Carter that he in no way deserves.

Posted by: jato11 | September 20, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Carter is the reason that the toxic Muslim Ayatollahs came to power. History will remember him as an incompetent fool for the ages.

Posted by: carlbatey | September 20, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse
________
I've seen this right-wing talking point several times. The Shah was responsible for losing control. Iran was and is a sovereign country, and the Shah simply lost the support of his people. It was a question of either invading to keep a hated leader on the throne or finding a way to get the Shah out safely. The "mistake" he made was allowing the ailing Shah into the US for medical treatment; that was the immediate cause of the embassy takeover.

You might be interested to know that the strategy of tricking Russia into invading Afghanistan, which was one of the key factors in the overthrow of the Soviet Union, was hatched during the Carter presidency. Not that you people would give him credit for supporting your own goals.

Posted by: GeorgeSanders | September 20, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

I thought Mr. Carter was a terrible President, but I want to thank him for making it possible to make 16/17% on my savings accounts. Since I was only paying 4 3/4% on my home mortgage I was able to make a deal with the Savings & Loan to pay it off at a 25% discount of the principle. What ever happened to "Billy Beer?" I didn't know if the Ex-President broke his arm or was it his back from all the patting he gave himself. I do not believe he should be referred to as Former President Carter.

Posted by: deVinebobbie | September 20, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

It looks as though the zookeeper let the right wing baboons out of their cages. A horde of screeching and grunting in response to the word "Carter."

I'm sorry, baboons, Jimmy Carter is probably the greatest ex-president in history. He was also a visionary president who got caught on the bad end of the hostage crisis. If Carter had won the 1980 election, his environmental policies, which were 30 years ahead of their time, would have had a chance to change the US economy. Instead of being two generations behind European countries in recycling and non-oil energy use, we'd be only slightly behind. And we wouldn't be watching China corner the market in environmental technology, along with all the jobs that come with it.

Posted by: GeorgeSanders | September 20, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

From a medical perspective, he certainly seems to be exhibiting signs of senile dementia.

On the other hand, he was among our very shortest serving presidents, with Congress and the Country ignoring him in less than 100 days after he took office. So his comments are really trivial at best.

I hope that his staff at the Carter Center will reign him back into Plains, GA and provide him the dignity that he and the office of the President of the US deserve in his remaining days. President Reagan is a stellar example of how to do it, and Bush 41 isn't too far off.

Posted by: cpaalum | September 20, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

For over a century, it was customary for ex-presidents to hold their tongue when they went out out of office. It was considered good manners.

The peanut farmer from Plains, Georgia obviously has no manners. He obviously has no respect for traditions. He deserves no respect. Bill Clinton's active role in politics after he left office is also bad manners.

Until Obama was elected in Nov. 2008, Carter was our worst president.

Posted by: alance | September 20, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse


as always, jimmy carter has once again shot his mouth off and reminded us all why he was such a total failure as POTUS.

once a d-bag, always a d-bag.

Posted by: potomacfever00 | September 20, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Carter was the first (and last?) real born again Christian president but he still said the following:

The fundamentalists believe they have a unique relationship with God, and that they and their ideas are God's ideas and God's premises on the particular issue. Therefore, by definition since they are speaking for God anyone who disagrees with them is inherently wrong. And the next step is: Those who disagree with them are inherently inferior, and in extreme cases -- as is the case with some fundamentalists around the world -- it makes your opponents sub-humans, so that their lives are not significant. Another thing is that a fundamentalist can't bring himself or herself to negotiate with people who disagree with them because the negotiating process itself is an indication of implied equality.

Posted by: Emmetrope | September 20, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Most of these nasty, vile, ignorant mouths were in grade school during the Carter years and never even KNEW him, and some weren't even, or BARELY, BORN yet! Still, they HAVE to advertise their ignorance.
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Unfortunately I was in the Navy when Carter was president and I did, again unfortunately, know him. Until Obama came along Carter was, without question, the worst president in my lifetime which stretches back to FDR. Sadly for America we now have a president who is even worse than Carter and frankly I didn't think that was possible.

Posted by: gun313 | September 20, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

He was a national embarrassment. He was a weak, uninspiring blame-America-First type who wrecked the economy and let the Soviets dominate in world affairs. Even the idiot Iranians could see what a weak sister he was and play him for a fool.

Poor old man, still sputtering and blaming others and thinking he's so pure.

We can thank him for one thing: RONALD REAGAN!!!!!

RONALDUS MAGNUS WAS THE REAL DEAL JIMMY! HE CRUSHED YOU (and your right hand man Mondull, 4 years later) AND SHOWED YOU WHAT A REAL MAN AND REAL PRESIDENT WAS, YOU PATHETIC SAP! GET A LIFE!!!!

Posted by: Robster1 | September 20, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

He was a national embarrassment. He was a weak, uninspiring blame-America-First type who wrecked the economy and let the Soviets dominate in world affairs. Even the idiot Iranians could see what a weak sister he was and play him for a fool.

Poor old man, still sputtering and blaming others and thinking he's so pure.

We can thank him for one thing: RONALD REAGAN!!!!!

RONALDUS MAGNUS WAS THE REAL DEAL JIMMY! HE CRUSHED YOU (and your right hand man Mondull, 4 years later) AND SHOWED YOU WHAT A REAL MAN AND REAL PRESIDENT WAS, YOU PATHETIC SAP! GET A LIFE!!!!

Posted by: Robster1 | September 20, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Carter needs to take the MacArthur route.

Posted by: maus92 | September 20, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Jimmy has been doing penance for 30 years, he will only have to live another 175 years to fully redeem himself. Among his lesser sins, we shouldn't forget his protege, the ever bitter Chris Matthews, who credits his time in the Carter White house for making him who he is.

Posted by: droberts57 | September 20, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Jimmy Carter is a doddering old fool who should be neither seen or heard from. He and his failed presidency continue to be our greatest national shame.

Posted by: gorams1 | September 20, 2010 8:44 PM
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You do a disservice to doddering old fools everywhere. But you redeemed yourself by acknowledging his shameful presidency.

Posted by: SavingGrace | September 20, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Most of these nasty, vile, ignorant mouths were in grade school during the Carter years and never even KNEW him, and some weren't even, or BARELY, BORN yet! Still, they HAVE to advertise their ignorance.

Posted by: Maerzie | September 20, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

What a naive man Jimmy Carter is. He proved that those who think that they know it all are the ones who know the least. A failed President, whose moral superiority is only in his own mind. His best choice is to go back to building houses for Habitat for Humanity. Just don't use anymore of that bad drywall from China.

Posted by: bobbo2 | September 20, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse


Carter, in building homes for the poor has done a good service for the country.

As president, he was less than successful.

Posted by: chicago77 | September 20, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

If spending thirty years sniping at the heels of men more qualified to hold the Presidency makes you "superior" , then Carter for once is right.

Posted by: carolinadreams | September 20, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Carter is the living embodiment of liberal hubris. And the best example of how destructive the left can be. He was an embarassment as a president, and has not improved with age.

Posted by: SavingGrace | September 20, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Carter is the living embodiment of liberal hubris. And the best example of how destructive the left can be. He was an embarassment as a president, and has not improved with age.

Posted by: SavingGrace | September 20, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

"and did i mention that humility is one of my strongest traits as well !!!"

Posted by: Hoops44 | September 20, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

President carter is candid and correct.He deserves a Noble Prize for his activism. I wish more ex-presidents were as helpful activist as he is. Kudos to him and his organization.

Posted by: syedahaq2000 | September 20, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

And here I thought Nixon was the "worst" president ever, what with the lies, corruption, and secret war "stuff"

Posted by: jacobcurtis | September 20, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone tell me why this pitiful, useless relic of a terrible Presidency has to dump all of his hurt, sour grapes and frustration on us 30 years after we booted him out of office? He was the worst President this country ever had. Why does he have to remind us?

Posted by: sameolddoc | September 20, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone tell me why this pitiful, useless relic of a terrible Presidency has to dump all of his hurt, sour grapes and frustration on us 30 years after we booted him out of office? He was the worst President this country ever had. Why does he have to remind us?

Posted by: sameolddoc | September 20, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Carter's great sin was to let the muslim terrorist ayatollahs take over the secular nation of Iran and from there, spawn the great wave of toxic islam we suffer today. He would be comical if not for all the deaths his pinhead policies caused.

Posted by: carlbatey | September 20, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Carter's great sin was to let the muslim terrorist ayatollahs take over the secular nation of Iran and from there, spawn the great wave of toxic islam we suffer today. He would be comical if not for all the deaths his pinhead policies caused.

Posted by: carlbatey | September 20, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

"Carter" has become a euphemism for "a dottering leftist x-president"....

Carter....worst President the USA has suffered.....


....until Obama.


Recovery November!

Posted by: georgedixon1 | September 20, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

I am a big fan of Jimmy Carter. Sure when I was in the military, then President Jimmy Carter kept our pay low. Then along came Ronald Reagan and our low pay was raised. Of course, the national debt was raised as well. But who cares about national debt?

Jimmy Carter has indeed been an activist unlike any previous former presidents. He has a strong record of achievements in the Carter Institute, advancing Human Rights and alleviating suffering around the world.

It is hard to swallow when good people decry the Carter Institute. Good people don't decry the Red Cross or Mercy Corp, or "fill in your humantarian chapter."

Posted by: rmorris391 | September 20, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Do you think Kahtah is now completely demented or did his regular smarmy sanctimony just go into hyperdrive?

Posted by: jibe | September 20, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. Carter,

Thank you for reminding us what a crap president you were.

Sincerely,

Bitter Bill

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | September 20, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

So many of these highly negative comments about ex-President Carter have gotten me wondering:

I wonder how many of those who are making them actually know what Carter has been doing this last quarter century?

I wonder also how much these same folks care about the causes he has served: alleviating poverty and the ravages of disease on the world's poor, building shelters for the homeless, and trying to prevent war, with all the death, destruction, and waste theses wars always bring?

I don't know the answers to my questions, but all these negative comments do make me wonder what roles might be played here by simple ignorance on the one hand--people who don't know what Carter has actually been doing--and a self-centered uncaring attitude toward others in the world on the other hand?

If it is these latter factors, then who is it really that we ought to be ashamed of? Who is it who actually brings shame and discredit to the pride of our country? Who is it who is building up, and who is it who is just tearing down?

Posted by: mtolincoln | September 20, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Proverbs 11:2

Posted by: PALADIN7E | September 20, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse


Mr. Carter, you screwed the pooch when you were in office. I was a federal employee then and your "energy policies" were a joke. I worked in a sealed building and the temperatures were over 80 degrees. You lost the feds.

I lived in the District at that time and I still voted for you. What a dummy I was. You can take credit for all these things that have happened since your presidency but, they really mean nothing. It is the office, not you, that gave you legitimacy.

I am 65 years old and I don't vote in national elections anymore. It doesn't matter who is in the White House or who is in Congress, they are all corrupt. Local politics is all that matter to me.

So, crawl back into your housing projects and leave me alone.


Posted by: mortified469 | September 20, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

I'll never forgive him for wearing that sweater and suggesting that Americans act like adults and conserve energy.

As Dick Cheney so eloquently said a while back, conservation is for chumps. It's certainly not a Conservative Value. We're Americans! Waste is our Birthright. We are warming the earth so that in the future you won't NEED sweaters - even in the Arctic!

Proud to be an American.

Tea Party 2012

Posted by: TriCorneredHead | September 20, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Had Carter prevailed..
their would be
No National Debt
The US would not owe China a red cent
US would be energy independent
and competitve chices to what power system we could use.
Had the best education system in the world
There would be full employment
Had a National Healthcare system
Would have better and more efficient Public Transportation
and
our taxes would not be a high as they are today.
Because we would not have to cover $500 billion in interest payments.

President Carter is one of our best Presidents in history.

The right wingers are mad because Carter would not let them destroy the country..

ISA

Posted by: vettesport | September 20, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

James Earl, you are awfully giddy after the election of Obama, who will replace you as the worst president ever.

You truly are a foolish, old man.

Posted by: nolib1 | September 20, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Carter has earned his chops. He is the only former President who has made real contributions. Only wish he had this fire in his belly when he was president.

Posted by: atroncale1 | September 20, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

He is oblivious to the fact that he will be remembered as our most (possibly) anti-semitic president. zero humility.

Jimmy Carter to Cockburns: " I'm going to f--k the Jews," (http://open.salon.com//blog/nyframed/2010/09/20/jimmy_carter_to_cockburns_im_going_to_f--k_the_jews)


Posted by: saipul | September 20, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Did Carter's mama fail to teach little Jimmy -- "If you do not have something nice to say about someone, the KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT -- ESPECIALLY THE DEAD"???

He is truly a dithering old fool! SHame, shame on him!!

Hillary, PULL HIS PASSPORT! The pathetic guy is having visions of grandeur!

Posted by: wheeljc | September 20, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Dwarf_Sidious wrote:

President Carter: F
Former President Carter: A

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I couldn't agree more! I would never have voted for Jimmy Carter for elected office, but he has my vote for "former president." He has conducted himself in an ideal manner during the past 30 years.

Posted by: ashafer_usa | September 20, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Jimmy Carter is a doddering old fool who should be neither seen or heard from. He and his failed presidency continue to be our greatest national shame.

Posted by: gorams1 | September 20, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Jimmy Carter is a doddering old fool who should be neither seen or heard from. He and his failed presidency continue to be our greatest national shame.

Posted by: gorams1 | September 20, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Carter is the reason that the toxic Muslim Ayatollahs came to power. History will remember him as an incompetent fool for the ages.

Posted by: carlbatey | September 20, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Typical Jewish zealot - anyone who criticises Israel in any way is immediately wrong (NO MATTER WHAT - in your ever paranoid way). Excuse me - who broke the Oslo Accord by failing to withdraw from thr "Occupied Territories"? Israel. Jeez, awfully coincidental they ARE CALLED "OCCUPIED TERRITORIES"!

Guess Carter should have had the FBI spy on opposing groups (like W); and a war mongering liar (Cheney - "The Vice Presidency is the FOURTH BRANCH of Government" - thus not bound in the Constitution, etc).

You are the perma-nut.

Posted by: Bushlegacylies | September 20, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Typical Jewish zealot - anyone who criticises Israel in any way is immediately wrong (NO MATTER WHAT - in your ever paranoid way). Excuse me - who broke the Oslo Accord by failing to withdraw from thr "Occupied Territories"? Israel. Jeez, awfully coincidental they ARE CALLED "OCCUPIED TERRITORIES"!

Guess Carter should have had the FBI spy on opposing groups (like W); and a war mongering liar (Cheney - "The Vice Presidency is the FOURTH BRANCH of Government" - thus not bound in the Constitution, etc).

You are the perma-nut.

Posted by: Bushlegacylies | September 20, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Seems to me Republican presidents' legacies are made(or not made)while they serve. Democrats try for theirs after they leave office.

Posted by: LaVallette | September 20, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Seems to me Republican presidents' legacies are made(or not made)while they serve. Democrats try for theirs after they leave.

Posted by: LaVallette | September 20, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

While I was surprised that former President Carter would publicly use the word "superior" to describe his post-presidential activities, I know what he means and would have used that same term myself: I've often thought that the way he has conducted himself in attempting to help the causes of humanity and peace after his presidency does real credit to our country. I'm proud of the kind of leader he has been. And I've also noted how former democratic presidents, including Clinton, continue to actively do what they can to make the world a better place. Former Republican presidents seem to show little initiative or leadership in that direction.

I'm appalled at the derogatory comments about Obama here. Apparently many folks still don't grasp how destructive George Bush's administration was in its sheer incompetency: invading another country by mistake, starting a 7-yr war by mistake, destroying our economy, ignoring global warming, rejecting science, doing nothing to resolve conflicts peacefully! (He did do something about AIDS; that was good; but what else did he do that was not destructive, and undermining of our country's well-being?) I'm not saying Carter was an effective president, but his post-presidency has, I think, been an enviable model of the best in American and broadly human values.

Posted by: mtolincoln | September 20, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Congrats Jimmy! (Pssst.... Didn't know you were...uh, still around?)

Anyway, congrats on moving up from the bottom shelf!

Posted by: Hoople1 | September 20, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

this psalm singing fool with lust in his heart is a disgrace to our country.

Posted by: pofinpa | September 20, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Yes his blind, mouth-foaming hatred of Israel is also "superior" to that of other past presidents.

Posted by: KRIKET | September 20, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

You can lead a man to water, but you can't make him fish. You can feed a man, as Carter did, or teach a man to feed himself, as the other presidents did. So, Carter is inferior.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | September 20, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Every now and then, in the middle of a life devoted to the service of others, Carter says something awkwardly and he gets kicked around for it. His actions have saved countless lives. As for the Clinton-bashers here, you evidently are unaware of the extraordinary work he has done for the needy and the ill around the world.

This reminds me a little of the general ignorance I encounter about Herbert Hoover. All people remember of him was that he was sitting the chair when the inevitable crash came, so he got blamed for it. (Yes, he deserves some of the responsibility for not moving fast enough.) But, both before and after his president, Hoover made a remarkable record in public relief and probably saved hundreds of thousands of lives. Truman asked him to work with Marshall on the Marshall Plan, one of the great triumphs of American foreign policy in the postwar years.

Time to give both Hoover and Carter fair shakes.

Posted by: dgsweet | September 20, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

And what exactly were Carter's failures as a president? The inflation of the 70’s ? The Federal Reserve (not the Presidency) determined this disastrous monetary policy. Carter – not Reagan – first appointed Paul Volker to the Fed, and he is the one credited with taming inflation.
The formation of OPEC and their oil embargo? Carter recognized this long-term vulnerability and tried to wean this country off of foreign oil with programs to develop nuclear, solar, wind and other alternative energy. Reagan eliminated all of these programs and is responsible for our lack of alternatives today.
That he tried to reverse the decline of American education, particularly the trend toward lack of scientific competitiveness? Reagan first gutted the best state school system in the nation (California), reversed our conversion to the metric system because it was “too confusing”, and then slashed funding and accountability for schools nationally.
His refusal to use deficit spending to combat the largess of Congress? Reagan oversaw the largest expansion of US debt in our history, a legacy we may never recover from.
That he proposed universal availability to health care for all US citizens? Instead, Reagan closed down our psychiatric hospitals, left schizophrenics and the mentally ill to live on the streets, refused to acknowledge or respond to the AIDS epidemic.
Maybe it was his honesty and candor in saying what is wrong with the political establishment: Carter revitalized Habitat for Humanity, won release of untold numbers of political prisoners, and helped negotiated end to wars. On the other hand, Reagan left office with dementia, Bush I has vacationed, Clinton has finally rehabilitated his image and is doing some good, and Bush II has all but disappeared. I’ll take Carter any day.

Posted by: pato_md | September 20, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Every now and then, in the middle of a life devoted to the service of others, Carter says something awkwardly and he gets kicked around for it. His actions have saved countless lives. As for the Clinton-bashers here, you evidently are unaware of the extraordinary work he has done for the needy and the ill around the world.

This reminds me a little of the general ignorance I encounter about Herbert Hoover. All people remember of him was that he was sitting the chair when the inevitable crash came, so he got blamed for it. (Yes, he deserves some of the responsibility for not moving fast enough.) But, both before and after his president, Hoover made a remarkable record in public relief and probably saved hundreds of thousands of lives. Truman asked him to work with Marshall on the Marshall Plan, one of the great triumphs of American foreign policy in the postwar years.

Time to give both Hoover and Carter fair shakes.

Posted by: dgsweet | September 20, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Here in Georgia, mention of Jimmy Carter's name and everyone in the room acts like someone just farted.

He is our shame.

Billy Carter had the graciousness to die early. Saint Carter will probably still be embarrassing Georgians until he's past 102.

Posted by: marvelgoose | September 20, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Give me a break. Superior? To what? To whom? Why is this incompetent fool of an ex-President spewing out his sour grapes thirty years after we kicked him out of office? He was the WORST pre4sident this country has ever had - a sanctimonious fool, an incompetent leader and someone we all need to forget.

Posted by: sameolddoc | September 20, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Just at a time when one thinks that Obama has the title (WORST IN US HISTORY) tied down, here comes the self absorbed, Bertha Better than You, reminding us just how egotistically loquacious he really is!

(Makes one wonder how in the world he ever slipped by -- but, then one is again reminded of Obama!)

Surely there is someone in Carter's family who will find a nice quiet place for this guy! "SUPERIOR" indeed --

Posted by: wheeljc | September 20, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

A poster here said it best, so I will merely repeat it: Incompetence and arrogance is a dangerous combination. President Carter and President Obama have this in common.

Posted by: SherlockHolmes | September 20, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

This is stupid and lopsided. The man says and writes unbelievably profound stuff all the time. The only stuff that gets covered is statements like this which are deliberately chosen, like a needle from a haystack, to stimulate a worthless, lopsided debate about something stupid instead of what he really stands for.

Posted by: greenwatch | September 20, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

WHy is it that Democratic ex-Presidents always seem to go out and get things done all over the world to make our planet a better place, while Republican ex-Presidents seem to sit on their duffs around the house and/or trim weeds on the property.

Posted by: markiejoe | September 20, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Incompetence and arrogance is a dangerous combo. Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter have this in common.

President Carter has done some good things, but no more superior than any other president's.

Posted by: thelaw1 | September 20, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

You would think that the Tea Party would be using Clinton and Carter as poster boys for their "fiscal responsibility" platform but that would ring about as hollow as Beck and Palin embracing Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted by: glenglish | September 20, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

@whocares666: A little advice: First research, THEN post.

http://www.afa.net/Detail.aspx?id=2147497560

(Former President Bush welcomes soldiers home in surprise visit to airport.)

Posted by: gilbertbp | September 20, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Jimmy Carter was a small man on a big stage as president-and he failed our nation. I'm certain he's feeling a bit plucky now that "worst president ever" mantle has been moved to B.O. Not even the media's favorite of Mr. Clinton can find a kind word to say about this bitter and mean-spirited man. Only media outlets like this one show any interest in this world-class failure.

Posted by: rastines | September 20, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

I am happy that President Carter has not lost his honesty of conscience and telling like he understands it. A lot of people may not agree but he speaks his mind. I believe that America has had the right president when the country elected them - Lincoln, Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Regan, Ford, Clinton, even Nixon. Carter has half the right president of the times, if only for the human rights principle he pushed. Carter is human rights and he still pursues it today. I agree his ex-presidency is "superior" to others whether people agree or not. Lastly, I thank him for making sure there was no loss of life in the Iran hostages. It would have been a different outcome had we had a cowboy in the office.

To President Carter, keep up the good work. You were right, human rights is superior than any other principles you continue to pursue. More power to you!

Posted by: romred | September 20, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

I am happy that President Carter has not lost his honesty of conscience and telling like he understands it. A lot of people may not agree but he speaks his mind. I believe that America has had the right president when the country elected them - Lincoln, Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Regan, Ford, Clinton, even Nixon. Carter has half the right president of the times, if only for the human rights principle he pushed. Carter is human rights and he still pursues it today. I agree his ex-presidency is "superior" to others whether people agree or not. Lastly, I thank him for making sure there was no loss of life in the Iran hostages. It would have been a different outcome had we had a cowboy in the office.

To President Carter, keep up the good work. You were right, human rights is superior than any other principles you continue to pursue. More power to you!

Posted by: romred | September 20, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Jimmy Carter is confident in his ability to say his post-Presidency has been superior because it has been. He has worked relentlessly for the health, the peaceful outcome of political conflict, and the mechanisms for peaceful co-existence for all people all around this whole world.
Those are the simple facts. It's a no-brainer, if you know the facts.
All these things he has done because of his values. He has endured reams of criticism for doing all these things and now, he will endure criticism for telling the truth about his record compared to other presidents.
But, he doesn't care. He has SEEN the results of his endeavors, he has SEEN peaceful outcomes of potentially diastrous situations, he has SEEN the health of many thousands saved through his efforts.
The fact that many of his fellow Americans don't like any of it, is irrelevant to him.
He has been true to himself, his faith, his values. He has LIVED them.
Who, among us, can claim as much?

Posted by: cms1 | September 20, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Like him or hate him... unarguably Carter has provided selfless service to the less fortunate. Something the Bushs and Clinton would never dream of doing.

Posted by: whocares666 | September 20, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Is, was, and always will be an insufferrable egomaniac. Carter's being elected was a horrific anomoly spurning Ford for the Nixon pardon. Carter's only legacy was 8 years of Ronald Reagan and then 4 more of George Bush. He, even more so then George Bush II, it coud be argued, was the worst president in our history.

I am a lifelong democrat.

*Oh, and while we are on the subject of the Carter legacy could someone please turn the lights back on at the federal buildings, around the Mall, etc. at least until after midnight or so. Another one of this cornpone's crimes is that he plunged our city into darkness. Its pretty and would be good for tourists, etc.

I am also a lifelong Washingtonian.

Posted by: SoCali | September 20, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

The words Jimma Carter and Superior should be in the journalist handbook as PROHIBITED in the same story!

Posted by: TexRancher | September 20, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Our Jewish controlled media will never forgive Carter for telling the truth about Israel having become an apartheid state. The more they attack, the more support from Americans that he gets. The BS just does not wash any longer!

Posted by: likovid | September 20, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

I have to say, I have lost some respect for president Carter. He should have said what he said about health care while Ted Kennedy was alive, when he had a chance to defend himself. That was a low blow. Then to say he is superior to the other presidents. Why? Where did this ego and arrogance come from? Perhaps his mind is starting to become senile and demented in his old age. Otherwise, there is no excuse for what he said.

Posted by: sandnsmith | September 20, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

I will always be grateful to President Carter. His disaster of a presidency gave us Ronald Reagan.

People compare Obama to Carter. One can only hope there's a 21st-century Reagan waiting in the wings for 2012.

Posted by: gilbertbp | September 20, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Such a preening fool. It's exactly that type of smug self-righteousness that has the Democrat Party in its current predicament.

Posted by: wblack67 | September 20, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Under Carter,inflation was 20 percent. It was so high, most people today cannot every comprehend inflation that high.

Carter's mission to save the hostages in Iran failed miserably. Hostages were held for years ( The hostage crisis was what started the ABC TV Nightline show with Ted Koppel.)

Carter is a meglomanaic.

Posted by: cpameetingbook | September 20, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

People like to point to 9/11 as a monumental test for Bush. One must factor in that Bush, at the very least, allowed 9/11 to occur, and at most, orchestrated the whole thing. And then, there is his tax cuts to the richest Americans to be paid from borrowed money, plus 2 unnecessary wars to be paid from borrowed money, sinking the country onto rockbottom.

Posted by: peaceandprotest | September 20, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Again a poor choice of a word but the assertion stands up. Which other former president's record of service holds a candle to his? The Bushes, they have done little to nothing out of office, and Clinton has not been out of office long enough to stake a claim. In time, maybe, but not yet. Give Jimmy Carter a break. At age 85, I hope I will not be judged by a misplaced word.

Posted by: jeff19 | September 20, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Never could bring myself to vote for Carter, but as a former president he really has been active, useful and provocative. I don't always agree with him, but he has shown an admirable level of commitment and the ability to get some worthwhile things done. That being said, there is a bit too much hubris in his "superior" comment for my taste. But I think it reflects the fact that his willingness be critical of his successors has perhaps alienated them. It is a good thing, however, to have at least one former president who is willing to call them as he sees them rather than defer constantly to the current occupant, whoever that may be.

Posted by: jdnathan | September 20, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

This idiot peanut farmer defanged our intelligence services and got foreign agents working FOR US killed. This was a system developed during and after WWII and he did more damage to them than any other force!
That jerk Brian Williams let him off easy when he should have probed Carter's actions negating the work done in our defense by our various intelligence networks including many, many foreign nationals working for us. Remember Jimma Carter's statement that "covert operations are unchristianlike". He wasn't elected to be the offcial preacher for the U.S.

This idiot ought to be confined to Plains, Ga.

Posted by: TexRancher | September 20, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

carter can not keep his pathetic nose out of anything.he screws up anything he is involved with.time for him to be put in nursing home and kept their sohe can do no more damage

Posted by: dagner49 | September 20, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

carter can not keep his pathetic nose out of anything.he screws up anything he is involved with.time for him to be put in nursing home and kept their sohe can do no more damage

Posted by: dagner49 | September 20, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey! Maybe when Obama leaves office he, too, can become "superior." Obama is even a worse president than Carter was, so his chances look very, very good!

Posted by: npsmith | September 20, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Why not? Obama spends all his time doing just that. Imagine if Bush had whined about the dot-com bubble that accounted for most of Clinton's prosperity going bust right at the start of his presidency? Or the 9-11 attack that descimated the stock market? Or any number of other economic challenges that he had to address without a majority in his second term?

No, it's now "what could have been" spins and "woe is me" excuses every time you turn on the television. Carter is just jumping on the liberal bandwagon... and Nobel prize for fiction.

Posted by: JoeTH | September 20, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

I have met Jimmy and Rosalyn personally a couple of times. Always thought he was an affable guy but also a man full of pride. He liked to control but he lacked the leadership skills Reagan had, especially in delegating.

Like Obama in so many ways he was inept when it came to the economy. One only had to be sitting in long gas lines to bring Carter to mind.

I think he liked to think of himself as a "common man" - the President who could work with Habitat and also sit with the Ted and Jane at weekly Atlanta Braves games.

Strange side of him included his creating his own Church when he no longer liked the preaching in Plains or his sudden dislike for Israel and support of the Palestinians. No biggie - 78% of American Jews will vote Liberal on the abortion issue alone anyway.

Just hope we don't have to endure Obama more than one term!

Posted by: 2012frank | September 20, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

President Carter: F
Former President Carter: A

Posted by: Dwarf_Sidious | September 20, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

I agree with President Carter...

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld1 | September 20, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

LOL. 2nd former president to get embarrassed by Kim Il Sung, this time with a little rudeness thrown in. He's a fool.

Posted by: jhtlag1 | September 20, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

I voted for Jimmy the first time around.

Republican presidents have the courtesy to refrain from criticism after they leave office. They are gracious enough to understand that we should have only one president at a time. It's a shame that Carter did not afford the same courtesy he was afforded (by Gerald Ford) to others. Furthermore, there is no need for a past president to act like Carter, because there are plenty of pundits out there who will say the same thing if it is true.

Listen to Carter and you will note his two favorite words: "I" and "my". That says it all.

Posted by: hipshot | September 20, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

To AIPACiswar: At least Reagan and his successor Bush got out of the way of their successors as president. Carter has continued to stick his nose where it doesn't belong.

By the way, at least Reagan never claimed he was frightened off by a killer rabbit..

Posted by: Illini | September 20, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Oh God Washington Post! Enough with the Jimmy Carter articles! Enough! The man was a FAILED PRESIDENT! Do you think you can rehabilitate his presidency?!?!?!


Enough! Let the man drift into obscurity!

Posted by: FormerDemocrat | September 20, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Jimmy Carter has never been held accountable for his dealings with El Salvador and specifically Archbishop Romero during Carter's Presidency. When Romero asked him to stop sending money to bomb and kill Salvadorans (1 million $ a day) in support of a corrupt and oppressive government, he never answered, never has. He has done much to promote democracy and free elections in Central American countries since the '90s but never has talked about his utter failure to save lives when he could have, by ending the war in El Salvador.

Posted by: don49 | September 20, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

He was right on energy, right on peace, right on Israel, right on Christian fundamentalists. Oh, he didn't dye his hair, take orders from his wife's astrologer, and like promenade around in a tuxedo as much as possible, like Reagan.

If you are ignorant of history and love GOP Koolaid, you always hate Carter.

Posted by: AIPACiswar | September 20, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I'd vote for Carter over any other prominent Democrat still alive, with Kucinich as the only exception.


Carter for President in 2012.

Posted by: forestbloggod | September 20, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse
**********************************************************************************************Yea right! So maybe Carter could pardon another child molester.

Posted by: jnrentz@aol.com | September 20, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Loyalsyst stated the following at 539 p.m.:
Example: when Republican congressional leaders were clamoring for a military invasion of Haiti to defeat some corrupt leaders, Carter single-handedly went there and convinced those leaders to leave voluntarily - saving lives, property and international goodwill for the US. He justified his Nobel Peace prize.

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I would like to remind the commenter that Gen. Colin Powell and U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn were also on that mission to Haiti. And it was Gen. Powell with his very detailed description of the U.S. force prepared to rain down on the coup leaders who convinced the generals to flee the country.

So, to set the historical record straight, THANK YOU, GEN. POWELL.

Now, as for thankfully-former President Carter, he was and is the most arrogant, egotistical, self-centered man to inhabit the White House since, well, oh, Richard Nixon. But at least Nixon knew how to pull the levers of power in Washington. Jimmy was clueless.

And he hasn't gotten any better with age.

Posted by: jla3bc | September 20, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Lazy American SOBs love to denigrate Carter, with of course the support of the Israel Lobby, when in fact he's as accomplished a man as we've ever had as President, a good man, and still working on behalf of the poor and downtrodden.

First of all, you say anything critical of Israel, and you are went to media hell. Second of all, you tell it like it is, be it on energy or fundamentalist Christian lunacy, and people will hate you for criticizing them. Americans are gigantic a.holes in this respect.

Let the ignorant rant and rave, Carter is the single most honest President of the last 50 years. If his commando attack on Tehran had succeeded, the lame brains who denigrate him today would be singing his praises. Fools!

Posted by: AIPACiswar | September 20, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Too bad he didn't have that kind of wisdom and fortitude when he was the next to worst President of the United States.

Posted by: GordonShumway | September 20, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse
********************************************************************************************************************************************No Sir. President Carter was the worst.

Posted by: jnrentz@aol.com | September 20, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

I'd vote for Carter over any other prominent Democrat still alive, with Kucinich as the only exception.


Carter for President in 2012.

Posted by: forestbloggod | September 20, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

it's hard to believe that jimmy carter won't be eating humble pie before the end of this week.

what a terrible president jimmy carter was. just awful, really.

i still miss bill. (sigh)

Posted by: potomacfever00 | September 20, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Jimmy Carter's potential was sapped by the Iranian hostage crisis. For nearly his whole term the headlines screamed about the 100+/- hostages held in Iran.
His administration was paralyzed by the event; Carter could do nothing right, although I know he tried.
Then there were fuel shortages that resulted in gasoline rationing and long lines of cars, which appeared to be Carter's fault.
His election following Nixon/Ford was like windex, cleansing America. But that hostage situation brought a cloud over Carter -which, suspiciously, ended a few days after cowboy Reagan's inaugeration...
hmmm..

Posted by: vaslim1 | September 20, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Jimmy Carter's potential was sapped by the Iranian hostage crisis. For nearly his whole term the headlines screamed about the 100+/- hostages held in Iran.
His administration was paralyzed by the event; Carter could do nothing right, although I know he tried.
Then there were fuel shortages that resulted in gasoline rationing and long lines of cars, which appeared to be Carter's fault.
His election following Nixon/Ford was like windex, cleansing America. But that hostage situation brought a cloud over Carter -which, suspiciously, ended a few days after cowboy Reagan's inaugeration...
hmmm..

Posted by: vaslim1 | September 20, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Former President Carter said, "And -- and -- and the Carter Center has decided, under my leadership, to fill vacuums in the world..." How can a vacuum fill a vacuum - are we talking General Relativity's quintessence here? Carter is used by those who want to denigrate the USA, and he either doesn't realize it or doesn't care how he undermines the USA (I assume his motivation is to remain in the media spotlight, "to be somebody", in the words of the Brando character in "On the Waterfront".)

Posted by: DoTheRightThing | September 20, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Former President Carter said, "And -- and -- and the Carter Center has decided, under my leadership, to fill vacuums in the world..." How can a vacuum fill a vacuum - are we talking General Relativity's quintessence here? Carter is used by those who want to denigrate the USA, and he either doesn't realize it or doesn't care how he undermines the USA (I assume his motivation is to remain in the media spotlight, "to be somebody", in the words of the Brando character in "On the Waterfront".)

Posted by: DoTheRightThing | September 20, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I voted for Carter in 1976 and Reagan in 1980. Carter was an "idealist" President and not living in the real American world.
However, I greatly admire his public efforts since 1981 although I often do not agree with them. Except for Clinton and Carter, all president in the past 75 years have done no significant public works after their President terms.

Posted by: dtmbretire | September 20, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Too bad he didn't have that kind of wisdom and fortitude when he was the next to worst President of the United States.

Posted by: GordonShumway | September 20, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

It's good that we remind Republicans how successful we are from time to time. It's even sweeter when they pretend not to hear it. Well done, President Carter.

Posted by: TwoTermObama | September 20, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Some of these bloggers have weak memories or are completely biased against any Democratic president.

Carter did have problems as president - some brought about by his inexperience with the way Washington works (or doesn't work in the case of the Pentagon's screw up in the Hostage Crisis). Other difficulties arose because of Volker's plan to "cool down the economy" by kicking the prime rate to 12%.

But he strove mightily to bring about peace in the Middle East and that worked for awhile.

And since leaving the White House, he has performed wonderfully in his country's benefit.

Example: when Republican congressional leaders were clamoring for a military invasion of Haiti to defeat some corrupt leaders, Carter single-handedly went there and convinced those leaders to leave voluntarily - saving lives, property and international goodwill for the US. He justified his Nobel Peace prize.

That alone was "superior" to most other presidents of the 20th century who spend their retirement years making money in speaking engagements or maybe giving occasional interviews to the press.

Posted by: loyalsyst | September 20, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Carter has been out of office a lot longer than either Bill or George W. I do commend Carter for his work in Africa in working to eliminate malaria, dysentery, and the Guinea Worm from the poorest nations of the world.

But going to rogue nations, as a former U.S. President, can sometimes be used as propaganda by the rogue dictators to give them 'legitimacy' in some eyes of the world and interfere with a current President's administration. The same thing can be said with his making press announcements with his opinion about current administration actions.

Bill Clinton, George H. Bush, and George W. Bush have all worked exhaustive world tours (you have to experience it to know how hard that kind of traveling is) to seek relief for some of the recent world disasters. And they are all doing other types of charitable works as ex U.S. Presidents. President Carter's dismissal of their actions seems a little ungracious.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | September 20, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Keeping in mind that the focus here is on the activities and accomplishments post-Presidency, I don't think Carter should be too much criticized for his self-approbation-especially in the context of the photo.

He hasn't enriched himself as have other ex-Presidents through sepaking fees, boards-of-directorhships or other well traveled paths to greater wealth.

Posted by: Spectator | September 20, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

"Carter has always been holier-than-thou and morally superior. He was a total failure as a president. His best day in the White House was the day he left it."

Nail on the head here 'randysbailin' and he has been a bit of a pill lately so he's even smuging that aspect.

Posted by: crrobin | September 20, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

While I'm sure he believes he's doing the right thing, in the long run he's setting a dangerous precedent by establishing himself as an unelected power broker that presents the perception that he is working on behalf of the United States when in fact he is not. There are many cases in which he has interfered with the diplomatic activities of the United States - in Haiti, in North Korea, and in the Middle East. Its not hard to see how someone could use Carter's example to cause much bigger headaches for the government. (for example, ex-President Obama in 2013 trying to negotiate peace in Central Africa and misrepresenting the commitments of the US to dangerous effect).

Posted by: Illini | September 20, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I saw Carter's 60 Minutes interview last night. He has been a good ex-Pres, and he did get Sadat and Begin to agree to a lasting peace. But he really needs to get over his need to condescend to all around him. He also needs some self-knowledge. His failing was not in being too informal, as he stated in the interview, but in being unable to work constructively with a Democratic majority in both houses or to rally the American people.

Posted by: jwslc | September 20, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Republicans hate it when liberals like Carter are successful. They hate it even more when they are reminded of that success.

Posted by: TwoTermObama | September 20, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Carter has always been holier-than-thou and morally superior. He was a total failure as a president. His best day in the White House was the day he left it.

Posted by: randysbailin | September 20, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

This is quite rich given that Clinton's "Global Initiative" starts off this week. It brings influential people to NYC and has more a much greater impact than the "Carter Center" (honestly, did anyone know that Carter had a "Center"?). I don't think that Clinton was the greatest president but his post- administration efforts eclipse Carter's by a mile. Carter is a punchline that keeps delivering year after year.

Posted by: buster5 | September 20, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, did I miss something? It is not a matter of opinion that Carter was an abismal president, it is a fact!

Posted by: tapscottmm | September 20, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Anybody can do what he has done after that fiasco called Carter Presidency.
If he thinks he can do anything at all, then let him clean up that mess called Iran. It was his mess after all...
If he refuses, then put him on a plane, and send him to Tehran...

Posted by: Kinesics | September 20, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Carter is right, though the Right Wing hates to hear it.

Posted by: TwoTermObama | September 20, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

If there was any doubt about the peanut farmer's mental health before, there should be none today. The man has clearly taken leave of his senses. WOW!

Posted by: tapscottmm | September 20, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

It is for history to judge President Carter. I must state that I remember the cost of a hamburger nearly doubled in price during his tenure. I still remember the newscast that the helicopters which were sent to free our people in Iran crashed before they even got close to their destination due to mechanical problems. Inflation went through the roof and interest rates got as high as 20%. I really like Jimmy Carter as a person and feel that he has made many positive contributions but he was, in my opinion, a lousy president.

Posted by: gvelanis | September 20, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

If Carter's post-presidential activist behavior may be atonement for one of the worst American presidencies in our history.

That many liberal 'activists' are engaged in what amounts to little more than egocentric self-display, Carter too fits the mold.

I will give him this. If he can use his failed presidency to bring home illegally detained Americans from outlaw nations, that's good for America. But about those pontifications on most other matters, please shut up.

Robert Fuller
Hopewell, NJ

Posted by: fuller1 | September 20, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

If Carter's post-presidential activist behavior may be atonement for one of the worst American presidencies in our history.

That many liberal 'activists' are engaged in what amounts to little more than egocentric self-display, Carter too fits the mold.

I will give him this. If he can use his failed presidency to bring home illegally detained Americans from outlaw nations, that's good for America. But about those pontifications on most other matters, please shut up.

Robert Fuller
Hopewell, NJ

Posted by: fuller1 | September 20, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Carter has worked tirelessly to help the poor and solve conflicts. Other ex Presidents play golf and attempt to rewrite history.. Carter just goes out and helps the world.

Posted by: bozhogg | September 20, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Obviously you were two when Carter won the White House.

Posted by: 44fx2901 | September 20, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Obviously you were two when Carter won the White House.

Posted by: 44fx2901 | September 20, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

dispite the gut reaction many may have to him saying his role is "superior", he really means that he is actively involoved in American diplomacy and works as a liaison and diploma tot further our interests. He deserves respect for his efforts in furthering democracy, etc.

Posted by: cadam72 | September 20, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Once a horse's patootie, always a horse's patootie. Jimmy Carter never disappoints.

Posted by: Rob_ | September 20, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Well, I suppose that if you're a complete flop while you have the job, bragging about what you've done after the job is probably the next best thing.

I tell you what, that man has an ego to beat the band.

Posted by: mlincoln1 | September 20, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Aside from being the two worst Presidents in my lifetime Mssrs Carter and Obama are also the two most oblivious of the harm they have done to the nation. Hard to believe that a man could be this delusional without being hospitalized for his own safety.

Posted by: Hairless | September 20, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

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