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"Worst Week in Washington" winner: Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter, you had the "Worst Week in Washington". Congrats, or something.

From our Sunday Post column:

Former presidents, like ex-girlfriends and ex-boyfriends, tend to benefit from the rose-tinted-glasses effect of our collective memory.

The further removed a president is from the Oval Office, the more the public remembers the good times they had together and forgets about the disagreements. And ex-presidents, freed from the burdens of handling the world's problems, tend to pursue feel-good humanitarian work once they leave Washington -- a career choice that virtually ensures higher approval ratings.

It's happened to Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan and virtually every other modern president. Heck, even George W. Bush is starting to be viewed more positively these days.

Jimmy Carter
, the peanut farmer from Georgia, was perhaps the prototypical example of this phenomenon -- never popular during his single term in office but beloved as a diplomat and habitat-builder once out of it. Until this week, that is.

Check out the whole piece here.

By Chris Cillizza  | September 24, 2010; 4:15 PM ET
Categories:  Worst Week in Washington  
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