Once again, the liberal media is trying to rewrite history. Just because you passed a crap load of policies during you term doesn't make you a great President. Look at what Obama is doing. Carter had little to do with bringing home the hostages from Iran. That was all Reagan and his transition team that did that. Iran was intimidated by Reagan. Reagan had said if Iran still held the hostages when he became President, we would immediately go to war. Carter's policies helped bring in radical Islam in Iran.
He seems to be steaming over his landslide defeat 30 years later. We had massive unemployment, inflation and oil shortages under Carter. Obviously all those policies he passed helped him. It made things worse. Plus, Clinton and GW can't even stand him, there's a reason for that.
And he accused Reagan of stoking racism in this country when running against him. Don't forget, early in Carter's career he ran a very racist campaign for governor of Georgia, and openly accepted the endorsement of Lester Maddox. That's the very tolerant Democrat who, as a restaurateur, passed out axe handles to his customers to use against black people who dared to try and be served.
I do give him props on his humanitarian efforts that netted him a Nobel Prize (there are a few places that legitimately need help), but trying to be good now doesn't erase what you sucked at 30 years ago.
Via Newsbusters: CBS broke into summer re-runs of 60 Minutes to let Lesley Stahl promote Jimmy Carter’s new book, White House Diary, which he maintained delivers “absolute unadulterated frankness” and which she described as an “often harsh critique” of his presidential term. She, however, was far from harsh toward him.
Noting an “image of ‘a failed President’ haunts the Carters,” Stahl trumpeted: “Carter argues that despite the image of failure, he actually had a long list of successes, starting with bringing all the hostages home alive,” as if that wasn’t because of Ronald Reagan’s inauguration. Stahl proceeded to tout as a success his installation of “solar panels on the roof of the White House.”
Absolving Carter of responsibility, Stahl contended he “was cursed by a dismal economy, poor relations with Congress, and a nightmarish standoff over 52 Americans held hostage by Iran.” Yet, “when all is said and done, and many will be surprised to hear this,” Stahl insisted, “Jimmy Carter got more of his programs passed than Reagan and Nixon, Ford, Bush 1, Clinton or Bush 2.” She empathized with his treatment from an unappreciative public: “And yet, as I say, there's the sense that you were a failed President.”
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