George Will says that Jimmy Carter “is a recidivist fibber,” and “the role of ex-president requires a grace and restraint notably absent from Carter.”
Read the whole thing – it’s required.
Man, and I always thought he was just a jerk…
Jimmy’s martyr complex has been on display for decades now. Shame he doesn’t have enough personal insight to realize that it simply makes him look ever-more-pathetic.
If Jimmy Carter, Jimmy Carter could be found competent to stand trial, he should be tried for treason.
Since his defeat by Reagan, Carter has played out his life like a woman scorned.
History will remember him as an embarrassment.
Is everything treason these days?
The Man From Plains, GA
George Will has a column in today’s Washington Post addressing his role in the so-called briefing book scandal during the 1980 Presidential Race during which the Reagan campaign allegedly got it hands on Jimmy Carter’s briefing book before the first …
Maybe it’s mean-spirited of me, but I really enjoyed watching Will working over that decrepit little weasel. On the subject of Carter’s recidivist lying, in Shadow Bob Woodward mentions that Carter lied to him as early as the Bert Lance affair, something like nine months into Carter’s single term. Woodward also says that Carter is the only president who ever lied to his face.
The Seventies really were a complete hellhole. It says a lot that Carter makes Jerry Ford look like a model of class and dignity.
George Will hit that one out of the park!
Carter is a man of personal honor, who has the strange American distinction of doing what he thinks is right with his religion and his morality, unlike most selfish conservatives. Bush is going down in the history books with Nixon. Disgraced and reviled.
Jimmy Carter has the distinction of being the worst President to hold office in my life time. He is an obnoxious, self-righteous meddler who has cozied up to dictators around the globe while taking potshots at American Presidents from the sidelines. He benefits greatly from the pity that most Americans feel when they remember that he cried when he lost the election and by our common desire to root for the nice guys.
Well, he isn’t a nice guy. He presided over the worst economy in my memory (and he actually deserves credit for making it worse). His international policy was incoherent. His domestic policy was self-destructive.
Bush’s place is anything but assured, but thank God Carter didn’t win that second term. The Soviet Union could still be our enemy, the Cold War could still be our greatest concern, and our country could still be grinding away under a “malaise.”
Instead of helping to solve our problems, Carter merely stood there nodding and saying, “Yep, things sure do suck here. Damn, can’t believe how bad it is.”
His serious lack of good judgment as the Commander in Chief puts all of his post-Presidential words and judgments into question. I’m sorry, I simply don’t trust him to have the United State’s best interests in mind when he speaks. He exists only for his own self-aggrandizement.
re: “…strange American distinction of doing what he thinks is right…”
Here’s a quick news flash: we all have the distinction of doing what we think is right. That doesn’t make us correct. Results matter, and the results of his Presidency were abysmal; the results of his post-Presidency merely noisy and useless.
So, Carter can take his personal honor and go play in another sandbox. We aren’t buying that here.
I will always love George Will for describing Bill & Hillary’s relationship as a “grotesque pantomime of domesticity.”
Carter’s comments bring to mind the adage from Emerson: “The more he spoke of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.”
When Carter was first sent back to private life, I was willing to cut him some slack; for all his ineptitude, he really did have some lousy luck as well. When he seemed willing to restrict his retired life to building homes for poor people, I thought he might have some redeemable value. Soon, however, he revealed himself to be an absolutely insufferable ass. It is no wonder he was served so badly by those he surrounded himself with as President. How could such a wide, gaping, orifice, utterly devoid of an even superficial charm, ever inspire any loyalty in those around him?
A well deserved verbal spanking
George Will delivers one to former President Jimmy Carter
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 po…
Jimmy Carter Pwned By George Will
Must read. (via Vodkapundit). Or, for another thousand words, just look at the picture in the extended entry……
Carter’s own cabinet didn’t vote for him when he ran against Reagan!… It amazes me that anyone would listen to him! … I think the Nobel Peace Prize has lost it’s shine! Afterall, Jimmy Carter and Arafat were recipients!…
After all that time it would have appropriate for Will to acknowledge that he helped coach Reagan and then without revealing such, he went on Tv and praised Reagan’s performance in the debate.
In case you’re not sick of taxonomies
The process of nominating the best blog post I’ve read in the previous week for The Watcher’s Council has got me thinking about the types of blog posts and how often, to me — and I don’t know if I’m right or not — even a fine blog post loses some lus…
Since he makes such a public show of piety, this one-time Sunday School teacher will throw the following scriptural reference at him: Isaiah 29:13-16. I challenge him to read the passage about people drawing close to the Lord with their lips while their hearts are far from Him, without twitching!!