Forget George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton; Millard Fillmore, Zachery Taylor, Franklin Pierce, Chester A. Arthur, and a whole host of insignificant presidents must be really pissed right about now. Did you know that Jimmy Carter was “superior” to all his predecessors – and those that followed – in the way he has spent his time post-presidency? What? I thought he just spent his time talking out of both ends and interfering with the domestic and foreign policy initiatives of every administration post-1980. No?
“I feel that my role as a former president is probably superior to that of other presidents” — Jimmy Carter
Yeah, I was equally confused, dumbfounded, and perplexed when I heard that comment earlier, and the only thing that saved my head from exploding was the fact that I was laughing uncontrollably while eagerly awaiting the retraction – which subsequently followed. In an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams to promote his new book White House Diary, Jimmy Carter said his post-presidential tenure was “superior” to those of his colleagues.
In fairness, I guess when you have what amounted to one of the worst presidencies in our nation’s history, all you really have to look forward to and hang your hat on is what your going to do after you leave office. So we really should have seen this coming. Maybe his shortcomings as our Chief Executive were really just setting us up for the great second act. Maybe his master plan was simply to lower the bar to such an unprecedented level of ineptitude that he could wow us all with his work after he relinquished his position as the Most Powerful Man in the World. I mean come on… think of the good that the Carter Center could do… who needs the Presidency for that?
Come on man!! Get it together. Even if you don’t respect the Office you once held, have a little self-respect for Christ’s sake and call it a day. You’re out hocking a book that’s (at best) twenty years late and you have to go and play this card? What kind of misguided version of history or planetary disconnect must have overwhelmed you enough to lead you to believe you are even remotely influential, important, or relevant - let alone superior?
You reemerge once a year – to champion a cause foreign to most Americans – in a manner unfit for a Rev Jackson type let alone an ex-president – causing headaches and public relations nightmares for one administration after another – jeopardizing foreign relations policy – inciting class warfare – in the name of humanitarian, conservationist activism – only to return to obscurity among the ranks of former presidents that no one could give a shit about.
You have written 25 books and counting. I am pretty sure you have said all that needs to be said in ten lifetimes. Call it a day. Go build some Habitat Homes and leave the rewriting of history to the rest of the misguided A-holes. Save the self-righteous glory whoring for the former press secretaries and White House Chief’s of Staff of the world. Respect the Presidency and learn when to just fade away.
As Allahpundit points out – Maybe 2013 will be the first real test for Mr. Carter’s reign at the top… I have no doubt then Former President Obama will be equally hellbent on building a legacy left wanting by his time spent in office.
Philip Klein at the American Spectator offered up perhaps the most fitting description of Carter recited today – “the man whose arrogrance is inversely proportional to his accomplishments.“
If you want to continue listening to mindless garble…. Continue on after the 2:30 mark where Carter says that there is more polarization in the United States now than during the presidency of Abraham Lincoln…. and “the initiation of the War Between the States.”
WHAAAAAT??? Are you kidding me you senile bastard? How could any era be more polarized than an era that brought on a frigging civil war? Now my head has officially exploded. I am now conclusively dumber than I was five minutes ago. May God have mercy on your soul if you kept listening to that crap. My sincere apologies for the suggestion.