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Published: Saturday, Oct. 23 2010 9:00 p.m. MDT

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Cedar Hills, UT

The world according to garp: "we had almost perfect peace with every nation on earth while I was president." He is living in fantacy land. He was the most inept president of our time. The world is getting more complex, not less. Carter would rather sit and have a cup o tea with our radical Islamic enemies than stand up and face the problem that they are.
Carter would have been a fine farmer or church pastor, but president? No way.

Ex-Pat of Zion
Lititz, PA

Actually surprised there aren't more panners chiming in here. I wonder, KM, if you would be just as critical of another "peace maker" that roamed the middle east a couple of millennia ago? You want to go the rounds with me on the topic of leadership style there? Bring it on!

I for one have no problems with someone at least trying to emulate the Master. Carter has, since leaving the White House, done nothing but help people who for the most part can not help themselves.

As far as the assessment of the maladies (polarization) gripping Washington, he is absolutely spot on.

Saint George, UT

Carter was the most inept President until Obama came along. He was a major force in making the mess in the Mideast.

Aurora, CO

Pardon me, sir; your slip is showing. I remember the Carter years, and they were not all peaches and fuzzy kitties. Highest unemployment, "stagflation" (his term for it), a military that couldn't fight, interest rates for homes in the 14s, car loans were at 22. The oil embargo, the list goes on and on. Mr President, take of your blinders, come back to reality. Yes, the treaty was a great accomplishment, but it certainly doesn't make up for the mess you made chasing your false utopia.

Mesa, AZ

The most improvement we made was getting rid of President Carter. He's a fine man and a humanitarian but was one of the worst presidents of all time. There is hope for Carter's legacy, however. Obama is so horribly bad that he may make everyone forget how lousy Carter was.

Bob T
Murray, UT

I had the unlucky experience of being in Iran 1976-1979. Jimmy Carter was the final arrow in the back of the Shah of Iran, he in fact created conditions which allowed the Ayatolla Khomeni to re-enter Iran from exile in France. In August, 1978 the media in Iran was full of information concerning the fact that President Carter had told the Shah that he must give all the people freedom of speech, assembly etc he must also release political prisoners and disband Savac (his secret police). All of these conditions must be met or the US would withdraw all support. Over night, the peoples attitude toward Americans changed from pro-American to anti-American ending with our expulsion in February 1979.

Layton, UT

This man is so full of himself. He thinks he made a better world for us? Well Mr. Carter let me refresh your memory of just how bad you screwed things up.

1. Inflation in the teens.
2. Interest rates for homes at 15% plus
3. Sky rocketing fuel prices.
4. Hight unemployment
5. Setting things in motion that have us in the mess we are in now.

If your had not turned your back on Iran when the Shaw was in power we would not have the current set of issues that we have now.

Next thing Mr. Carter. You turned your back on your own country men and left them has hostages for over 400 days plus. Shame on you Mr. Carter. Only when President Regan was elected did this country move forward.

You and your new student (Obama) will go down is history has the two worst Presidents in the history of the 20th and 21st century.

Ex-Pat of Zion
Lititz, PA

LOL Jack

I remember the Carter years also. Oil embargo? That would be 1974 (Nixon's watch). Military couldn't fight? It was four years removed from hugely unpopular war we LOST (again ... Nixon's watch). Not many folks wanting to enlist after THAT CF. The fallout? Future generation of enlistees built largely along socio-economic lines and perpetuated by the Reagan military build up. Sure, Reagan had "star wars", but the "boots" were filled with the poor. And the interest rates? You'll find no argument with me there, but the ever present financial sector (I worked for Zion's Bank 1978-1981)they preyed on the poor. Then, you needed down payments for things like homes and cars. Banks sought "guarantees" from big ticket transactions (recourse clauses)and the slim hopes that people were willing to risk high rates for didn't materialize, they lost proportionately a LOT more that the finance sector. Sure ... nobody put a gun to their head, but they did whisper sweet promises ("the American dream") in their ears.

It's a tactic as old as Eden

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

Ah, little wonder that Michael Medved calls Jimmy Carter "The Worthless One".

Double digit inflation.
Double digit unemployment.
Double digit interest rates.

We were all told that we would have to do with less, that America's best days were behind us.

Ronald Reagan fixed all that with simple free market reforms.

Bush went to congress 17 times to reign in the excesses of Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac. The Republican's could not overcome a Democrat filibuster. If the Democrats had shown any bipartisanship or any sanity the entire sub prime meltdown would not have happened.

Despots know that you cannot impose socialism on a people without impoverishing them first.

Thanks to Obama, Jimmy Carter is no longer the worst president in US history.

Beaverton, OR

From the article:

"The president has a lot of help," Carter said. "And I would say, in general, maybe not exactly now when there's such a negative attitude, but in general, the American people wanted me as president to be successful. Because when I was successful in dealing with jobs and when I was dealing with international affairs and peace and human rights and energy and that sort of thing, then America (was successful)."

Wow! What a difference 30 years make! Now, Americans actively hope and cheer for our President to FAIL.

From the article:

"Carter says the most difficult moment was when eight American servicemen were killed in a failed attempt to rescue the hostages in April 1980."

When asked what his biggest regret of his presidency was, George W. Bush answered, "Not privatizing social security."

I guess he doesn't see all the blood on his hands...

Blue Bolshevik
Salt Lake City, UT

Lest ye forget, in a nutshell the Shah of Iran was a brutal, ruthless dictator installed by a CIA led coup over a democratically elected government, and who opressed the people of Iran. The Ayatollah was seen as a liberator.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

My favorite President Carter decision was boycotting the 1980 Moscow Olympics...that showed them whose boss.

Aurora, CO

LOL Ex-pat

I enlisted in the Guard in 1974, and Vietnam was NOT Nixon's war. I recently retired from the Army, so I have seen the change from then until now, from the playing field not the bleachers. Under Mr Carter, taxes were confiscatory and we were supposed to just roll over play dead for them. Under Mr Reagan, we regained our place in the world that we had given up under Mr Carter. The Army was filled with soldiers training to fight, who knew that if the Soviets decided to come through the Fulda Gap, they were nothing but a speed bump, and they stayed in to make it better. Under Mr Carter and Mr Clinton, we were obliged to ask permission to defend ourselves. Under Mr Reagan and the Bushes we made it clear that we didn't need to ask.

Mr Carter is trying to revise history on how good it was under his watch, and I am here to set the record straight as one who was on the business end of it.

Sorry sir, but I'm not buying.

Dog Fur
Prather, CA

Sad day. With 300 million or so people in the USA, you would think we could find better presidents than Carter and Obama. Unemployment up, energy prices up, home ownership down, national morale down. Mr Carter and Mr Obama go around the world criticizing the United States and then come home and do their best to ruin it. We must do a better job of electing statesmen and not self centered politicians. Please!

Logan, UT

I am really not sure why Carter is even opening his mouth. His presidency was an abject failure. Many of the problems we face in the Middle East stem from HIS administration. His is an unhappy chapter in American History. He needs to fade away.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Jimmy Carter is a decent, honorable man, and has done much good with Habitat for Humanity.

As President he was a total disaster, no matter how he sees it in hindsight, or tries to fantasize it into being a successful term. I suspect he is just jealous that Obama has dethroned him as the worst president in our history.

I remember the bad old Carter years: Gas rationing. Buying a house with a 12% mortgage. The hollowing of our military. The racial tensions.

No, those were not the "good old days."

Stick to the good deeds, Jimmy, and please don't embarrass yourself by meddling in politics again. We are in deep enough trouble today, without your advice making it worse.

West Jordan, UT

"Because when I was successful in dealing with jobs and when I was dealing with international affairs and peace and human rights and energy and that sort of thing, then America (was successful)."

When was he successful at any of those things? He should have said IF he had been successful then America would have been successful. He wasn't and we weren't. It was a tough 4 years that we survived inspite of him. What a relief it was to see him go.

I think he has a bit of dementia now. As many elderly do he's living in the past and a little out of touch with reality.

Provo, UT

lets see- over the last 30 years which party has had exclusive rights to former presidents who comment incessantly about their successors and their policies? Class tells

Plano, TX


Cottonwood Heights, UT

Yes it has . You were only in office one term. This comes from someone who voted for you twice. Shame on me.

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