I am just old enough to remember American hostages in Iran for 444 days while our President stumbled and bumbled around. I was young, but I remember being embarrassed by how wimpy Jimmy Carter was. I honestly do not remember anyone speaking positively about Carter's presidency. I lived in a relative hotbed of the Democratic party and I know for a fact that many died in the wool Dems voted for Reagan because of Carter's ineptitude. Political leanings aside, he was a weak leader and poor President. Specific to his recent criticism of Bush, the late ultra liberal Senator from my former state, Daniel Moynihan, said it best concerning Carter and his view of the world- "Unable to distinguish between our friends and our enemies, he has adopted our enemies' view of the world." Most shockingly, I have recently read in 1990 and 1991, as the first George Bush was assembling the Gulf War coalition, Carter wrote secretly to Margaret Thatcher, François Mitterand, Mikhail Gorbachev, and several others, asking the U.N. Security Council not to back Bush! In my view, his actions were treasonous. Further, he had a genuine admiration for Yassar Arafat and a seeming disdain for Israel. Avoiding the whole Israel-Palestinian conflict debate, I will only say that supporting and even affirming a terrorist like Arafat is just mind boggling. No one in America would have been safe with Carter as President for long. His election was an unfortunate pendulum swing from the Nixon era. The record on Jimmy Carter is clear, especially as it relates to his "leading" in the area of foreign relations. Five years ago, after Carter successfully campaigned for a Nobel Peace Prize (what joke that was...North Korea was swindling everyone with a smiley Carter standing by, once again) Jay Nordlinger wrote a piece on Jimmy Carter worth reading, Carter has only shown his true colors more vividly since then.
What was he thinking? Why is he embarrassing the office of President like this? Why is he embarrassing America by saying the things he is saying? I can recall no former president's saying the kinds of things he does about our sitting president. Clinton comes close at times, but it is usually in connection to an attack on his administration, but who's really surprised by that?George Bush Sr. has taken the proper role of statesmen after leaving office. In my view, George W. Bush maintains an incredible level of composure in the face of constant, fierce, criticism. I am thankful he does his best to honor the office by not getting in a tit for tat type of dialogue with his detractors. But Carter? What is he thinking?