Remembering Carter correctly
"I was 9 when Jimmy Carter took office," says John Yoo. "I can remember him giving a speech in a funny sweater and asking people to turn down thermostats. And then there was the malaise speech. I thought they meant mayonnaise."
It's not clear whether Yoo thinks he remembers Carter saying "malaise" or just remembers people talking about Carter saying "malaise," but it's always worth reminding folks that the "malaise" speech didn't have the word malaise, and was actually an extremely popular address that did wonders for the president's poll numbers. The public was less supportive of Carter's decision to fire his Cabinet a couple of days later, however.
Photo credit: Washington Post file photo.
December 29, 2009; 5:06 PM ET
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