Its nice to have Carter around to remind me of the worst days for America--his
time in office.
Embarassment? That is Carter calling the kettle black! In Sunday
School a couple of weeks back the teacher asked for some inspirational
people...someone said "the Savior", another "Pres. Hinckley", then another
quipped "Jimmy Carter", To which I added, "Dick Cheney"....the brother still
hasn't spoken to me!
And that is coming from the worst President in our Nation's history! That's
However you could get 19% interest on a 1 year CD while he was in office. Now
you get 1%. I'd vote for Carter if he'd run just to get rates up. I respected
him as our President but thought he blew it overall.
I agree with Jimmy Carter on this 100%. I have to wonder though if he would
include all of the names that Sharron Angle in Nevada has been called in his
"Americans don't realize how dramatically our political atmosphere has gone
downhill," Carter said.Actually, we do.
Take a hike, Jimmy.
Carter ought to be feeling pretty good...he didn't die known as the single worst
president in history?He will die known as the 2nd, thanks to Obama!
I can't believe that I actually agree with Jimmy Carter on something.
It takes an embarrassment to know an embarrassment.
uhhhhh! Mr. Carter, YOUR administration was the real embarrassment. By the way,
Pres. Obama is currently the president and this is NOT an embarrassment?
He's only "embarrassing" because his party is losing. It probably
will cease to be "embarrassing" if/when his party ever starts to win again!
He should stick to building houses for the poor. He is pretty good at that.Other things, not so much.Congratulations, however, on no
longer being America's worst President.
I can't believe people still have overriding negative thoughts about President
Carter. Though he may not have been a great president, he has done more since
then to gain the respect of many in the nation and the world. Thus, the
hundreds of people who came to the book signing. Too bad there are still
extreme partisan people in Utah who can't give him credit for the good he has
done and continually dwell on the negatives. Welcome to Utah, Mr. President.
And Dick Cheney, you are most welcome too.
The fact that most of these posts focus on Carter's presidency just proves his
point, missing his point completely. This country can't fix its problems as
long as the condition Carter describes prevails. Its easier to rag on someone
that to put forth solutions. And it takes courage not found among many
candidates to implement solutions that would really work on our real problems.
What a sad state of affairs.
Exactly, justaguy - hiding in anonymity behind a username, lobbing judgements is
easy. Offering possible solutions - not so much.
Carter says our "current" politics is embarrasing?Doesnt' he realize
that many of us were "embarrassed" when he was in office?Carter:
Nice guy. Horrible president.
Mr. Carter needs to realize that the hate runs on both sides of the isle. I
would bet it you asked him what needed to be tuned down. He would say that it
only comes from the right. All I have to do is think of some of the hate that
was spewed and is still spewed about pres. Bush. "oh but that's okay". Disagree
with the current potus and you are a racist. If you disagree with a "certain
party" then you are an evil "hate monger" Politics probably aren't much
different than 30 years ago. We just have a much better outlet to hear
everything that is said. Mr. Carter would rather have me compromise my
principles just to get along with the leading party. Sorry, won't happen. Mr.
Carter is probably a good man with principles but he was still a lousy
president. I don't vote for someone hoping that he will compromise when he gets
in to office.
Carter and Ford didn't lob exploding shells at each other in their'76 campaign.
He didn't lie, didn't lead us into a useless war, did not generate deficits
nearly as large as his successors, helped bring at least SOME peace to the
Middle East, and has consistently showed a Christian attitude over a long period
of time. He even went against his OWN church to insist that Latter Day Saints
are Christians. Yes, his administration had problems, too, but at least his vice
president didn't use the office as his own personal neocon Batcave.
I really think Carter was a mediocrer president at best, and what he's said
about Israel lately is just inexcusable. But I have agree with
President Carter on this one, but only to an extent. I do agree that sometimes,
the negative personal attacks are over the top in modern elections...and both
sides are guilty. However, I think he falls too easily for the fallacy that the
left loves to accuse we conservatives of, i.e. pining for some mythical "good
ole' days" when everything was polite and gentlemanly in politics. In reality,
such a time has never really existed in America - our politics have always been
pretty rough & tumble, I think partly by design. In the 1800's people were
occasionally beaten into hospitals on the floors of Congress! That hasn't
happened in awhile...
I think Mr. Carter's charitable activities since leaving office have been
OUTSTANDING, much more than any other Democratic Party member. While I disagree
with what he did in office, he is certainly an "expert" in political
embarrassment. Mr. Carter needs to be remembered for his long charitable
actions, instead of his tenure in office. Kudos to Mr. Carter and Mrs. Carter
for their "retirement" activities. For the uniformed that "think" Mr. Carter's
Vice-President, didn't have a "bat cave", they apprently are not students of
history at all. Mr Mondale was the Democratic predecessor/Bat Cave-Commandant to
Mr. Cheney's antics. Revisionist history can't be disguised as anything but the
tripe that it is.
It's a coin flip here. Who will be deemed the 1st and 2nd worst president in
american history.Will it be Obama #1 or Carter at #1.Anyway You can't blame
republicans on anything in the last 20 months.The dumbocrats have had complete
Well, at least this is a topic Jimmy should know a lot about, seeing as he has a
lot of experience with being an embarrassment himself.
Actually I have to agree with Egbert. Carter appears to be a stand up kinda guy.
But the comments about those "mean" Republicans not helping out is strange. For
the past two years haven't both houses of congress been controlled by Democrats?
That being the case couldn't he just get everything done he/they wanted?He is right though, politics sure seem to be much more abusive as the
years go by.
Wow, I can't believe the venom in some of these comments. Say what you will
about President Carters brief term in office, but as a Statesman, Humanitarian,
and frankly one of the most Christian role models I can think of, he doesn't
deserve this kind of mudslinging.
I do agree about all the negative campaigning but that's what has been shown to
work unfortunately. If it didn't, politicians wouldn't do it.
Carter is the expert in embarrassment. His entire presidency is one. And,
Obama is much worse than the peanut boy.
During Former President Carter's term, I worked as a general contractor.
Mortgage interest rates rose to over 20%. Home values tanked and Savings and
Loans were closed down wholesale. Families lost their homes, their livelihood
and some all that they had. Does this sound familiar. In 1983 I built a home in
the Oregon "Street of Dreams", similar to Utah's "Parade of Homes". There were
13 homes and 10 of the builders had to file for bankruptcy. Some of us remember
the politics of that president and the businesses and the families that were
devastated by the government choices. Yes, some people earned high interest
rates on CD's. That is because no one had any money to buy them. But everyone
else paid 18-20% interest on their mortgages. There were no ARM's during that
time. It was a disaster.
'ol Jimmy is perfectly qualified to speak on embarrassment in politics! Wasted
presidency then; repeated futility today.
With all the negatives being thrown at Carter by the right-wingers on these
posts, you'd think he was currently running for office...
If Egbert has information about secret ops or dirty tricks led by Walter
Mondale, I'd sure like to hear about them. The fact that Mondale and Cheney held
the same office means nothing by itself.
Nice guy. Terrible President. I dont know where people get worst President in
history from. What about FDR and Woodrow Wilson? Carter is nowhere close to
those guys. He was very uneducated about being President like Bush and Obama who
I would also rank worse than Carter. The curruption is much worse now than it
was than. Too bad we dont have anther Ronald Reagan. I'm LDS and I would never
vote for Mitt Romney. That dude is no Reagan. I would vote Sarah Palin in a
heartbeat over Romney. Sarah Palin is the only real Libertarian minded
Republican out there.
How well I remember my college days when I ignorantly believed the "hope and
change" nonsense that came from this farce who turned out to be the worst
President in history so far. I campaigned for him and thought he was the answer
to all of our problems, what a disaster he was! Reminds me of our current
disaster in the White House. The only bright spot for Carter is that our current
"hope and change" imposter is going to take over the "worst President in
history" title convincingly and leave no doubt when he is done.Carter should
thank him. Speaking of how nasty politics have become Jimmy should
look no further than his own party who are already accused of voter fraud in
several states just a few days before the election. I can't believe anyone would
spend ten minutes talking to him or one dime on his worthless book.
I have to agree with Jimmy on this one. And, he was a better president than the
community organizer is. But, that isn't saying much.
What a bunch of children on this discussion board.
Carter was one of the worst presidents ever...except for the rest of them. Mark
B had it right. He was not a warmonger like the others, and he was brutally
honest at times, unlike just about every other president. You can't blame him
for the economic problems, either. They started with Johnson, increased with
Nixon and Ford. The man who raised interest rates was not Carter, it was Paul
Volcker, head of the Federal Reserve. By doing that, he stopped inflation and
prepared the groundwork for another boom under Reagan. Carter did the necessary
dirty work, Reagan got the credit. One day, people will recognize his greatness.
He's one of the most honest men to ever occupy the White House. The world would
be better if we had more like him there.
Is Carter for real? I can't believe the hypocrisy!From 2007, Carter
commenting on Bush's foreign policy:"I think as far as the adverse impact
on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in
history" How is that HELPING during a time of war? Bush made some big
mistakes, but at least he the guts to stand up to terrorist thugs.I
can't understand why Carter can't accept the fact that he had a lousy term as
President and the people got rid of him. Go away.
444 Days of Americans held hostage by Iran under Carter. Embarassing? You bet,
and the root of many of the problems we confront today.
Yes, Mr. President. The embarrassment began with your presidency and has
continued with your mindless forays into politics since leaving the White House.
Stick to building houses for the homeless.
George Washington weighed in on this long ago. In his farewell address, he said,
"Let me . . . warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of
the spirit of party generally. . . . It is a spirit not to be encouraged."At times, I wonder if we should do away with political parties. They do
engender hatered. Democrats often see no good in Republicans and Republicans
often see nothing good about Democrats. We divide in two and come out
fighting.-- John Jackson, candidate for Utah House District 41
(stretching from Herriman to Sandy
Carter's blind faith in liberal orthodoxy led to his failure in office, just as
it is in Obama's case.
Sorry about the misspelling. "Hatered" should be "hatred."
President Carter is the most decent and honorable president we have ever had,
and certainly the best ex-president we've ever had.His decency is a
sharp contrast from most of the people who have posted responses on this
article.What an embarrassment! And they hide their indecency behind
anonymous labels. Oh, that the Deseret News would require identification of
My oh my. Such thin skins. Look at all the people who bristled at Mr. Carter's
words and then dramatically proved him correct. No call for bi-partisan
solutions, only justifications and rationalizations of their own "my way or no
way" beliefs. Of course the name-calling exists on both sides. I remember
reading comment boards stating that the previous president would go down in
history as the worst president ever. Those were no more called for than most of
the comments on this board. I have been trying to raise the tone of my own
comments. I invite others to do so, also. And, by the way, welcome to Salt
Lake, Mr. Carter.
I think he blew it, but he is a nice guy, puts out great efforts with his
Habitat for Humanity work and means well. I do admire his austerity examples
while in the White House, unlike the current resident who imports $100/lb beef
from Japan for his twice weekly bashes, and the extravagance shown by madam
Speaker and her weekly jumbo jet rides (all on the taxpayers dime). They need
to cut back a bit as the times aren't so good and show the right example like
USAlover | 3:13 p.m. Oct. 28, 2010 - And that is coming from the worst
President in our Nation's history!' ...I thought Obama
was the 'worst president in your nations history?' Gosh, you guys
need to keep track! Regardless I agree with Carter. Our
politic's have become a joke. Parties need to stop putting their
elections... before the needs of the country. * 'Republicans kill Senate jobless aid measure' - By Andrew Taylor - AP
- Published by DSNews - 06/24/10Line:'The rejected bill would
have provided $16 billion in new aid to states, preserving the jobs of
thousands...'* 'Senate Republicans again kill bill for
jobless aid' - By Stephen Ohlemacher - AP - Published by DSNews - 06/30/10Line:'Without an extension, 1.7 million of the 7 million people
who have been without a job for at least six months will have lost their
unemployment benefits by the end of this week, according to the Labor
Department.' * 'Republicans block small business
lending bill' - By Stephen Ohlemacher - AP - Published by DSNews - 07/29/10Line:'The bill would create a $30 billion government fund to help
community banks increase lending to small businesses...' Good
President Carter told us as President, we are not what we once were, that we
needed to make sacrifices in every aspect of our lives, money, employment, and
his addresses were the most depressing comments in American History; he could
not delegate appropriately, provided over 18% interest rates for mortgages, and
terrible unemployment ratios. He could not solve vital international issues, as
he was perceived as weak, and the hostage nightmare in Iran for 445 days was
shameful. A man who has not supported other Presidents, but demands respect,
interferes in over seas, contrary to prior Presidential protocol cannot not
criticize anyone. He could not even work with TIP O'Neal, from Mass., Speaker of
the House, something President Reagon did very well? Why would anyone listen to
this self-centered man.
Emajor, cannot defend jimmy so you call names?Carter is the best
friend socialist dictator Hugo Chavez has; without carter vouching for a rigged
election, Venezuela might now actually be free.And of course, he
supports Palestinian terrorists and gives legitimacy to north korean despots.He should stick to building houses; I commend him for that, but his
comments and positions on foreign affairs only serve to remind us just how inept
The above comments on President Carter comments are a demonstration how politics
is a rah rah, our team versus the other team and spin EVERYTHING in our
direction. A call for civility is drown out by the foot-stompers covering their
Yes they are Jimmy....and you helped them become such...Both parties
need to clean house. The same old buddy system has worn out it's welcome. I
for one, am tired of how the Dems scream the Republicans are the part of NO
while they RAM things through on a strictly party vote......We The
People have had it with party over country.
"President Carter is the most decent and honorable president we have ever had,
and certainly the best ex-president we've ever had."Ulysses S. Grant
was a very decent and honorable president too. Unfortunately his decency and
honesty made him an easy target for others who manipulated him for their own
gain. Bill Clinton on he other hand was an effective leader, as was Newt
Gingrich, but any honest person would have to question their decency. I have no
doubt that Carter is a decent human being. I have no doubt that Obama is a
decent human being. But just as much as a decent human being we need effective
leadership. I think Ronald Reagan managed to be both decent and a good leader,
and although there will never be another Reagan (and of course Reagan himself
wasn't perfect), I want to believe that somewhere out there is another decent
human being who is also an effective leader with a backbone. Carter is right
about the way the political climate has deteriorated. I think if there truly was
a decent politician who is also an effective leader, he/she would stick out like
a sore thumb.
I'm a Republican and disagree with much of what Carter did as President, but all
these comments are doing is proving that his statement on the current political
atmosphere is accurate. Until we all, candidates and voters alike,
can get past the finger-pointing and name-calling, we will continue to wallow in
this quagmire where nothing of significant value gets done in Washington unless
I or my party can lord it over the other guy, nyah-nyah-nyah.Time to
pay attention to what Kennedy said: ask not what your country can do for you,
but what you can do for your country.
To Joe Watts - Yes Mr. Carter was/is decent and honorable, but totally
ineffective as the chief executive. His embarrassing political remarks since
leaving the presidency continue his legacy of incompetence.
Carter was actually very effective. His austerity measures stopped runaway
inflation. His Camp David Accords ended war between Israel and Egypt and still
hold true. His forbearance in the hostage crisis is a prime example of patience,
while all the warmongers wanted to attack Iran thus guaranteeing the deaths of
our hostages. And as an ex-president he has continued to do good on the world
stage instead of retiring to a lazy luxurious lifestyle as the Bushes have. I
greatly admire Mr. Carter. A superb example of good character.
Pagan,What do your tired posts about repub efforts to stop
wastefull, misguided bills that don't address the problems have to do with
carter?Those bills you mentioned? They missed the point. I know
you have misunderstand my analogies before, but we'll try again. If your kid is
hungry, you buy him food. The bills the repubs tried to stop were like buying
school clothes for your hungry kid. The clothes do something for the kid, but
don't meet the need. The bills the dems crammed through, were made to look like
they were doing something, but they did not address the need.
Who would want to read a book to remember the sorry years of 1976-1980? 22%
interest rates and inflation, phony gas shortages, Iran hostage fiasco,
etc....Carter is the SECOND worst president in American history. Top
honors as THE WORST goes to Obama. Can't wait to read his book!! NOT!!
Mr. Carter is a great American, was a great president and is certainly a fine
upstanding man who walks the talk. Anybody who says otherwise is either ignorant
of the historical facts or is letting their political agenda cloud their
I believe Pres. Carter is a good person and I agree with many things he has done
since leaving the presidency.With that said, though his comments
about the embarrassment and the division are correct, he did nothing but make it
worse with the remainder of his comments. He did nothing but blame, just like
Pres. Obama, the Republicans!?!?!? Can he not remember that they have major
control of the House and the Senate? They have had all the votes needed to pass
anything they wanted. What the liberals (some Democrats are a lot more
moderate) and Pres. Carter can't seem to get, is the people that put them in
office don't want what they want. It is the American's that don't want them in
office, nor Trillion $ debt. I thought he had a little better head
on his shoulders. I am a little disappointed.
Obama = now the worst president evah!Carter = a close