Thursday, August 11

JIMMY CARTER: "AN ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE EX-PRESIDENT"

I couldn't agree more with Betsy Newmark of "Betsy's Page" in her assessment of former president Jimmy Carter's post-presidency, or, for that matter, that of nationally-syndicated columnist George Will's.

Writes Betsy:

Carter was a weak president and helping out Habitat for Humanity doesn't dilute his record as an absolutely terrible ex-president. If believing that George Will caused Carter to lose the 1980 election is a comfort to Carter, it won't be the first time that he has deluded himself into believing something totally untrue.
Writes George Will:

A quarter of a century has passed since 44 states said "No, thanks" to Jimmy Carter's offer to serve a second term, yet he still evidently thinks his loss is explained not by foreign policy debacles, such as invading Iran with eight helicopters, and a misery index -- inflation plus unemployment -- of 22, almost triple today's index. Rather, he seems to think approximately this:

Ronald Reagan won because he won the only debate. He won it not because of Carter's debate performance ("I had a discussion with my daughter, Amy, the other day, before I came here, to ask her what the most important issue was. She said she thought nuclear weaponry . . .") but only because Reagan had Carter's briefing book. And Reagan had it because this columnist gave it to him.

Carter just doesn't get it and never Will.

SOURCE: "Washington Post" (registration required)



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