Former President Jimmy Carter said today his remarks were, “careless or misinterpreted” when he said the Bush administration has been the “worst in history” for it’s impact around the world. Backpedaling on NBC’s “Today”, Carter retreated and tried to explain that what he actually meant was that the Bush administration was not a good as President Nixon’s – not the worst in in history. Just worse than Nixon’s.
I don’t think Carter was misinterpreted. I do believe he was careless. Carter is a bitter man. He looks back on his 4 years as president and recalls rampant inflation, high unemployment, 21% mortgage interest rates, cars lined up for blocks to buy gas, and the ignominy of 444 days Iran held the U.S. as hostage.Whatever your opinion of Bush, Carter clearly went too far in his remarks. He over stepped the bounds of the unwritten code that former presidents do not dishonor the office of the presidency by speaking ill of the current president. Not Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, Ford, or Reagan spoke against their successors. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about Clinton speaking ill of Bush, but at least – so far – it hasn’t been to the extent of the asininity revealed by Carter.