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Jimmy Carter, feeling lively again, takes jab at another ex-pres


Jimmy Carter, still ready to build a house just about anywhere. (Mandel Ngan/AFP)

Jimmy Carter is back in fighting form, after a brief hospitalization interrupted his book tour last week. He took a swipe at one of his successors at Monday's Habitat for Humanity tribute gala at Mellon Auditorium. "The incumbent president -- I won't call his name -- said, 'In the next week or two, I'm going to the most dangerous place on Earth: the demilitarized zone between South and North Korea.' I said, 'Rosalynn, that's where we were building homes last week.'" The Carters made that trip in 2001, so ... George W. Bush?

By The Reliable Source  | October 6, 2010; 1:04 AM ET
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Thank you Pres. Carter!!

Posted by: angie12106 | October 6, 2010 3:03 AM | Report abuse

Yes Thank you President Carter for my 13% mortgage rate on my first home . Plus for standing up to Iran, which debacle is still with us; because his inaction when it was possible to "nip it in the bud". Rose colored glasses are nice, but they give a distorted view of the world....... how quickly we forget.

He is a good man but was terrible President.

Posted by: bkarpus | October 6, 2010 4:58 AM | Report abuse

Carter is shaping up to be an even worse ex-president than president.

An achievement no other president has equaled, to compare with his other great accomplishments:

- Loses Iran as an ally when he sits on his hands letting the Mullahs take over.
The worst geo-political blunder since "peace in our time".

- 12% to 18% inflation, the highest mortgage rates on our lifetime.

- Asleep while the USSR invaded Afganistan.

- The Iranian hostage crisis, a botched rescue attempt.

After he left he should have just shut up and built houses. But he's been on a 30 year binge trying desparately to rehabilitate his pathetic historical legacy.

The man was a loser.

But he could at least have enough class to be a graceful loser.

He can't even accomplish that.

It's just embarassing and really sad to watch.

Posted by: drjcarlucci | October 6, 2010 6:41 AM | Report abuse

Why isn't this a shot against Carter? Via starvation, NK has killed over a million of its own citizens. They are detonating nukes. They are sinking naval ships from the south. And I don't think Jimmy was in the DMZ building houses, he is getting senile. Of course, maybe he sees nothing wrong with NK, like many liberals. Google Khmer Rouge and Jimmy, and you will find out his wisdom isn't a "Noble" as the Left wants us to believe.

Posted by: JohnnyGee | October 6, 2010 6:43 AM | Report abuse

I came from the Plains, Georgia area and knew this mans family. He has the good intentions, but lacks the insight to see how his policies affect people. He is a socialist by nature and was a terrible president. Even today, he makes comments about former presidents which is a classless and very ill-advised action. You do not want to know what former presidents think of him

Posted by: phaire | October 6, 2010 6:48 AM | Report abuse

I always thought that Jimmy Carter by his actions and statements must have eaten too many peanuts as a child.

Posted by: mlbduffy | October 6, 2010 6:49 AM | Report abuse

How this pathetic excuse of a president gets off taking a swipe at anyone is beyond me. Maybe he forgot his awesome legacy: 22 percent interest rates, 12 percent unemployment, 13 percent inflation, 52 hostages in Iran for 444 days. Weakness abroad and incompetence at home. THAT was, and is, the REAL Jimmy Carter.

Posted by: Bombo1998 | October 6, 2010 6:50 AM | Report abuse

CARTER = FAILURE
I was born in 1959 and grew up in the 1970's (HS Class of 1977). I saw Carter first hand. His administration was a complete failure. The beating he took in the 1980 election is still the worst beat down of an incumbent president in US history. America wanted him to be an ex-President very badly.

It's sad to see him lashing out trying rewrite his presidental legacy instead of enjoying his ex-presidental status with grace and dignity. Unfortunately, the bitter, angry and arrogant statements are merely cementing his image as an aloof, classless, out of touch loser.

Posted by: youcanthandlethetruth1 | October 6, 2010 7:17 AM | Report abuse

AHAHAHAHAHA - Jimmy Carter, what a loser. He hid in the Rose Garden while the Iranians held Americans hostage - that tells you he was a fine upstanding upscale liberal leader, but a terrible president.

Posted by: zendrell | October 6, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

No class, as usual. He needs to see a therapist.

Posted by: johnfchick1 | October 6, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

No article about Carter should ever fail to mention how eager the American people were to send him back to Plains in 1980 after one miserable term as President.

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

Posted by: corco02az | October 6, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Sorry Jimmy, you are still the second worst President ever.

Posted by: GordonShumway | October 6, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Jimmy Carter was probably the worst President in my lifetime. I remember high interest rates, rationed gasoline, and a cold apartment. Mr. Carter had his turn on the political stage. It's now time for him to step down and gracefuly enjoy his retirement. Seems like he doesn't know how to do that. It's really sad to see this ex-president embarass himself.

Posted by: barrysal | October 6, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Worst President. Worst ex-President.

Posted by: bobmoses | October 6, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

I have always felt that Carter was a horrible president, but had a good heart.
I was wrong. He has proven to be vindictive and resentful in his later years. Show some class President Carter. You are now a tool for the progressive movement.

Posted by: bethg1841 | October 6, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

We're finding out just how incredibly bitter Carter is. So much for his nice guy image!

Posted by: cougar49 | October 6, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Thanks to Carter's patience all hostages returned unharmed. Under Bush, hostages had their heads cut off.

Posted by: GeraldDice | October 6, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Well ... N.Korea for a while was part of the axis of evil, then they got a nuclear weapon and became part of the axis of the not nice. Besides, if you there you get to see unpleasant characters and things. So, better to stay in Dallas, what with the apartment all paid for ...

Posted by: AMviennaVA | October 6, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

I don't care how inept someone thinks one of their peers is, as an institution the executive branch needs to maintain a higher level of dignity than what Carter is throwing around.

At least Bush had the decency to go back to Texas and stay quiet about Obama and his socialist brethren.

Posted by: chjoer | October 6, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone reading these posts know anyone in North Korea well enough to ask them to please keep Jimmy Carter there?

Posted by: georges2 | October 6, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

What an embarrassing old fool Carter is.

Posted by: Jeff08 | October 6, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Odd idiot twins - Carter and Obama! Both total embarrassments to America!

Posted by: 2012frank | October 6, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Jimmy Carter was probably the worst President in my lifetime. I remember high interest rates, rationed gasoline, and a cold apartment. Mr. Carter had his turn on the political stage. It's now time for him to step down and gracefuly enjoy his retirement. Seems like he doesn't know how to do that. It's really sad to see this ex-president embarass himself.

Posted by: barrysal
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Too bad you Republicretins can't remember the disasterous 8 years of George the Village Idiot Bush and Dick-Head Cheney as clearly as you can remember ancient history.

Posted by: xconservative | October 6, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Reagan was our worst president ever. He saddled our and future generations with enormous debt, increased the size of the federal government, and showed extraordinary cowardice in dealing with Iran--which continues to haunt us today. Reagan was similarly a coward in cutting and running in Lebanon, thus leaving the region to fall apart for a generation. In his personal life he was an adulterer and I stand amazed any so-called Christian conservative would countenance his behavior.

Posted by: HillRat | October 6, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Oh for goodness sake - Jimmy Carter was the worst president by far in my lifetime - until of course Obama showed up. In 2012 both of them will be able to maybe focus on nothing but Habitat for Humanity. I'm sure both will also continue to try to fool anyone that will listen to them that they actually did anything productive during their time "in office." Just go away.

Posted by: AsstGM | October 6, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Reagan was our worst president ever. He saddled our and future generations with enormous debt, increased the size of the federal government, and showed extraordinary cowardice in dealing with Iran--which continues to haunt us today. Reagan was similarly a coward in cutting and running in Lebanon, thus leaving the region to fall apart for a generation. In his personal life he was an adulterer and I stand amazed any so-called Christian conservative would countenance his behavior.

Posted by: HillRat
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Hillrat, this is an article about Jimmy Carter, who was our worst President and now our worst ex-President. Anyway, you and xconversative are late for home room. Get a move on now boys.

Posted by: johndoe21 | October 6, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Ole Jimmy was building houses in the DMZ??? Interesting... the DMZ is full of landmines, barbed wire, and machine gun emplacements. Nice place for a home. His "swipe" only reveals how dishonest and little he is.

Posted by: chrisschollaert | October 6, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Jimmy Carter....no prize package, you...interest rates over 20%....no. we haven't forgotten....stick to your peanut farming....

Posted by: SeniorVet | October 6, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

AsstGM said: "Oh for goodness sake - Jimmy Carter was the worst president by far in my lifetime - until of course Obama showed up. In 2012 both of them will be able to maybe focus on nothing but Habitat for Humanity."

Um, do you really think Obama knows which end of the hammer is the business end? At least this one area Carter has the upper hand on Him.

Posted by: stvcar | October 6, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Carter sounds like a senile, bitter old fogey taking swipes at everyone in sight. He was the worst president in my life time, although he had nice teeth.

Posted by: randysbailin | October 6, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Oh my don't say anthing about George Walker Bush after all he was the second coming.

Posted by: whocares666 | October 6, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

"Carter takes a swipe at Bush"

And, my neighbors dog barked at the mailman.

News? No, but this IS the WaPo.

Posted by: illogicbuster | October 6, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Carter was building homes in N. Korea? He really is a commie.

Posted by: cleancut77 | October 6, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

jimmy go back to building houses for the poor .until mr.obama you will go down in american history as the worst president we ever had in d.c.

Posted by: SISSD1 | October 6, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Carter has Bush-Madness Syndrome. He had it even before Bush was President. Contrast that with Bush who promised Obama he would not make a comment - and has kept his word.

Carter, a typical liberal, is a classless, brainwashed worm.

Posted by: pgr88 | October 6, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Since leaving office, Jimmy Carter has brokered peace deals, built many homes for the disadvantaged, and lives a simple life.

Since leaving office, George W. Bush has played golf, walked his dogs, and lives in a million-dollar home in a gated community. He has attempted to raise funds for Haiti...for about a week.

Posted by: WonderfulWorld | October 6, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Jimmy Carter was not a good President and he has been a jerk as an ex-President, save for his "house building" efforts.

The only thing that will prevent him from being the "worst" President is that one day President Obama will no longer be in the White House and will assume that illustrious role.

Posted by: suenjim | October 6, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

those of you disparaging pres. carter have a feeble memory. he inherited inflation frozen wages and prices, and gas lines, from the nixon/ford administration. in his four years he created more jobs than the last twenty years of republicans combined. and reagan was something to be proud of over the hostages . he made a deal with the iranians to keep the hostages until after he was elected then violated the constitution by going around congress and selling arms to the iranians through Nicoraguan rebels. remember iran-contra.

Posted by: blinwilly | October 6, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Carter's spate of rude remarks looks like the impulse control problem often seen in early dementia.

Posted by: shrink2 | October 6, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

No, George W. Bush was surely the worst modern-day President and his followers are even worse, but Bush appears to be a better ex-President - until you realize what he is thinking - if he keeps really really quiet, maybe those war crimes trials will never come.

Posted by: rprennick | October 6, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Why is it that Democratic presidents personally and gratuitously attack other presidents but Republican presidents do not.

Have they no class? One must come to that conclusion.

Posted by: SherlockHolmes | October 6, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

drjcarlucci....So you have decided "a botched rescue attempt" was Carter's fault? Funny you should speak of something you know nothing about. Of course you were not there but if you were and if only everyone had listened to you! Semper Fi coward.

Posted by: codetalker | October 6, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Worst Pres in history, hands down. Bush II - not the best but not the worst. Carter is in a league by himself.

Posted by: RB1019 | October 6, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

History is already beginning to validate the fact that Carter was not a huge failure. That cry has always originated from the lips of the republican propaganda machine. And the loudness has, until recently, drowned out the facts.
Carter in fact demonstrated brilliant insight into the future; reduced our dependency on foreign oil imports by half; and other than being the victim of a Wall St. induced recession, brought in nearly balanced budgets.
He had the courage to tell Americans what needed to be done and then to attempt, politically, to get it done.
For that honestly, he has been crucified.
Time is more and more every day demonstrating the true leadership he offered and which whiny America rejected.

Posted by: easysoul | October 6, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Bkarpus has it all wrong when he says:
"Yes Thank you President Carter for my 13% mortgage rate on my first home . Plus for standing up to Iran, which debacle is still with us; because his inaction when it was possible to "nip it in the bud". Rose colored glasses are nice, but they give a distorted view of the world....... how quickly we forget."

Yes, he does forget quickly. He forgets that Gerald Ford had his WIN buttons, that was to "whip inflation now". The 13% was a GOP legacy, as has been ALL the economic problems of the last 30 years. Carter had it going right and then Reagan came in and screwed it up in typical GOP fashion


Posted by: mwgbook | October 6, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Carter reminds me of a kid who's mother continually told him he was perfect, and he grew to believe it! Today, he is simply a bitter old man, who was a terrible president, but somewhat restored his reputation after receiving the Nobel Prize. He is so egotistically loquacious that he cannot comprehend the only reason her received the Prize was for the socialist on the selection committee to GET BACK AT GEORGE W BUSH.

One thing for sure, his mother did not teach him manners, proper decorum, and HOW TO KEEP HIS MOUTH SHUT!

Who really cares what this bitter person has to say? His passport should be pulled due to apparent senility beginning to set in!

Posted by: wheeljc | October 6, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Carter is a pathetic little jerk trying to make himself relevant. He is not, nor will he ever will be. All he can do is try to build himself up by tearing others down. He's a small little pipsqueak who should just go quietly away, but he won't. He can't stand it. At his age, the grim reaper will probably grab him soon anyway. Then, he can micromanage the big tennis courts in the sky. Carter, you're an angry man, and it shows. You had your moment and blew it. Now just go away.

Posted by: panamajack | October 6, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

From the person who screwed up Social Security. SS would be doing just fine if Peanut Carter didn't open it up to anyone. And i'm talking about those who never paid into it that are pulling in a good check for nothing!! Can't fix Stupid or even the Dumb...

Posted by: edwardmartin | October 6, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

There is no question that Carter was a pretty inept President. I believe he was a much better ex-President, using his stature and fundamentally good character to support peace and democracy worldwide through the work of the Carter Center. How many elections have they supervised around the world? How many times have they brokered talks among enemies?
What is sad is the apparent change in his character in recent months, where he seems to be getting mean-spirited and trying to elevate his stature at the expense of others. Time to really retire to your rocking chair, Mr. President, and rest on your laurels rather than making them into a bed of thorns.

Posted by: sbg50 | October 6, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Don't blame Iran on Carter. The Shah had to go, and we did nothing to replace him with a government the people there could support. The same thing happened in Vietnam, and it's probably happening in Afghanistan.

Carter won the release of the American hostages in Iran, even though they waited until the moment he was out of office to open the gates.

And anyone who thinks Reagan was tough on Iran should google "Iran-Contra."

Posted by: pundito | October 6, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I have to give it to President Carter. He did not start a war to get re-elected. He could have and no one who have blamed him. Iran has taken American people.

To the moron who believes that a president set your morgage rate? Are you stupid? Did you ever take any class in finance?

Posted by: navydvldoc | October 6, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

And when a couple hundred Marines were car-bombed in Lebanon what did Tough-Talking Ronnie Raygun do? Nothing! He pulled the Marines out and walked away. Iran? Cut business deals with them to carry out illegal arms activities in Nicaragua...google Iran-Nicaragua-contras and see for yourself. (How are those snow tires holding up, Ollie North?)

Posted by: Jerryvov | October 6, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Why would the Post even waste space to report anything possibly the worst US President has to say. Go back to peanut farming and keep your opinions where they count...in your head.

Posted by: nerraw00 | October 6, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Why would the Post even waste space to report anything possibly the worst US President has to say. Go back to peanut farming and keep your opinions where they count...in your head.

Posted by: nerraw00 | October 6, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I always thought it was impossible to have a worse modern president than Jimmy Carter. Then, George W. Bush topped him, by a country mile. At least we only had Carter's f-ups for four years.

Posted by: sslatten3 | October 6, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Building homes in the DMZ. The military can't even cut down a tree in there without getting killed. Jimmy's been taking too much medicine, he's seeing things again...

Posted by: staterighter | October 6, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

So Carter is telling us, he built homes along the DMZ in Korea?

I do not believe that, prove it!

Posted by: theaz | October 6, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

...


G.W.Bush isn't man enough to be a patch on the ass of the pants that Carter wears.

....

Posted by: 809212876 | October 6, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

When will this nut case leave the national stage..and why do we care about the worst President in history? I find it amazing that it has always been the unspoken word of past Presidents not to chime in regarding standing presidents - yet I find it amazing that here we have the "biggest loser" being the first to break that code - and now we have Bubba. Any words from either Bush - nope...see they honor the code.
Please Mr Carter - go away - you where the worst.

Posted by: short1 | October 6, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Carter was incompetent as President, no doubt. But there are alot of people here who seem to have forgotten the Shrub Presidency already. Shrub is going down as one of the 3 worst, and possibly THE worst, President in our history. Carter's not even in the running.

Posted by: luridone | October 6, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Carter had done a pretty good job of transforming himself from one of the most reviled presidents in history to one of the more respected ex-presidents. This political and personal sniping of late, though, makes me wonder if the man is O.K. in the head. Senility seems to have begun to taken hold, and Carter sounds like an angry old man whose filters for what should and should not be said publicly are slipping. Pretty soon, he's going to be saying things even more rude and offensive, and hopefully those close to Carter will recognize that he shouldn't be left free to embarrass himself in public anymore.

Posted by: blert | October 6, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Carter, sir. You are a dick. And a dick head.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | October 6, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Alot of people writing here say that Carter was a terrible president. This should give some indication of how bad the educational system has deteriorated in this country. Let me reiterate some of the things that Carter did in his presidency.

Carter broke the back of OPEC by deregulating oil.

Carter brokered the Mid-East peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.

Carter essentially ended the stagflation of the seventies by appointing Paul Volker as Federal Reserve chairman. Inflation was already declining when Carter left office.

Carter was a strong advocate of human rights across the world.

In Carter's often maligned 'malais' speech Carter articulated a blueprint for ending our energy independence, a speech that seems prescient today.

Carter had problems with Congress and he was not a perfect president. However, he was a better president than almost all who have followed, particularly Ronald Reagan, who, until George W. Bush, held the distinction of being the WORST president since Harding. The right's adoration of Reagan is ridiculous and shows a stunning inability to think about anything.

Posted by: nyrunner101 | October 6, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Only someone who utterly and totally lacks any class or wisdom whatsoever would as an ex-president criticize another president, sitting or former. Jimmy Carter was a bitter prune as president, and he's worse as an ex-president. I am embarrassed for him.

Posted by: AnnieP1 | October 6, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Besides all these interesting comments, The quote is "the incumbent president", that is Obmana not Bush, isn't it?????

Posted by: momo5 | October 6, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of chronic inaction on the part of former POTUS Carter, in '79 Puerto Rican [Los Machetteros] terrorists attacked a bus of unarmed sailors on a dusty back road in Puerto Rico.

No action was taken. Guys just died for nothing. Damn being expendable sucks!!!!

Posted by: Kcrl1 | October 6, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

The comment or two that notes the DMZ is mostly barbwire, etc. does call to mind why the Press doesn't call him on his remark. Who are Roxanne and Amy? Are they cruious reporters, or just some hack pundits? If Carter was issuing senile remarks and no one listened that would be fine. But to make him look like a sage when so clearly wrong is embarrassing for the WAPO.

Posted by: JohnnyGee | October 6, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Jimmy Carter is a very good ex-president, perhaps the best we have had, because of his grass roots efforts helping people in this country. He is very intelligent, the only president to publish his official IQ score of 176. Perhaps the most intelligent president this country has had. He is genuinely concerned about the destructive forces at work moving this country to the radical right and he addresses issues in a thoughtful, factual way. Some of his failings as president where actually out of his control or rather controlled by others. Paul Volker upped interest rates against Carter's wishes. It is funny how the hostages in Iran were released the day after Reagan was sworn in. Then the Reagan admin was found to be trading arms for hostages...hmmmm.

All in all, president Carter is just a man, but certainly deserves to be heard and listened to.

Posted by: hayate | October 6, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

drjcarlucci - I see you get your history straight from the RNC's Cliff's Notes version. Regarding Iran, read up son...CIA coup in 1953 toppled a democratically elected, non-theocratic government and installed the Shah and Savak. The f*&'d up mess there occurred on Eisenhower's watch and played out 25 years later. Follow the arc of history, read about it and wise up. Quit spouting bullshit that has no basis in reality.

Posted by: dbeebe831 | October 6, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

When history compares Jimmy Carter to other Presidents...I have no doubt that in the areas of domestic social and economic policies, foreign relations,and safety of our military members...he will rank among our best Presidents....I was in uniform when he was President and I applaud his making the hard and necessary but unpopular decisions.

Posted by: jralph26 | October 7, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

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