America hasn't improved much over past 3 decades, Jimmy Carter says


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  • JJL Eugene, OR
    Oct. 28, 2010 8:48 p.m.

    Re: UtahBlueDevil

    The fall of communism in Eastern Europe and the susequent collapse of the Soviet Union more than makes up for any percieved failures from the Reagan Administration.

  • Scott12345 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 28, 2010 2:10 p.m.

    That's cool that an ex-Pres is coming to Salt Lake!

    However, I disagree with the reporter's statement that "Of course he does have to make a living."

    Pres Carter received a $191,000 pension last year since he's an ex-president. He also received another $327,000 in FY2008 for "office and staff." (All ex-presidents get additional $ to maintain an office and staff.)

    I like that Carter's publishing excerpts from his own diary. Just don't try to make me feel like I'm making it possible for him to afford food, Des News... Be better, Des News.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Oct. 28, 2010 9:19 a.m.

    As an independent, the right is really trying its hardest to prove to the rest of the country they are just a bunch of angry white people who will lie their way into power. There is much I don't approve of in the liberal/progressive agenda. But the outright distortions of fact, lies, falsehoods and revisionist histories promoted but the so called christian conservatives just blows my mind.

    Carters Presidency was full of failures and issues. I hated the 55 mph rule, or the 85 mph speedometer... both stupid legislation. There were a many contributing factors to all the other scenarios you all laid out other than good old Jimmy was just a dunce.

    But then to saintize Reagan, a man who left office with more than his fare share of issues - Iran Contra and good old Oliver North aided by a good lapse in memory if he authorized drugs for weapons programs. He was a great orator like our current president, and is given credit for far more than he deserves, like our current president. Lets not also forget the US retreat from Lebanon four months after the 1983 bombing.

    Hardly a proud moment.

  • JJL Eugene, OR
    Oct. 28, 2010 1:28 a.m.

    The only good thing Carter gave to America was a President Reagan!

    Too bad Bush II gave us the current Occupant.

  • ObamaRepublican Chandler, AZ
    Oct. 26, 2010 12:13 p.m.

    Ok all you Democrat haters get your facts right.

    First off the high inflation started with Nixon pulling the US off the gold standad causing the purchasing power of the dollar dropped like a rock.

    1980 Avg interest rate was 13.35$
    1979 avg 11.19$
    1978 avg 8.74%
    1977 5.71%

    How bout the Reagan Years?

    1981 16.37% 1982 12.25% 1983 9.08% 1984 10.22%

    Hmm higher rates during the Reagan years?

    How bout the oil crisis, guess what revisionist it didn't happen during the Carter administration but in 1967 and again in 1973? So why did Iran fall apart could it be a propped up dictator who opposed the free will of the religious majority in Iran?

    Jimmy Carter came into office inheriting a huge mess caused mostly by the Republicans Nixon and Ford. He did his best to convince the American people that they should conserve energy, not pollute and live peacefully in this world...

    Carter successes include peace between Egypt and Israel, Better trade with China who now buys all our debt, how bout SALT.

    He did his best with the hand he was dealt

  • accorn Portland, OR
    Oct. 26, 2010 11:57 a.m.

    Perhaps the most egregious and far reaching of the Jimmy Carter failures was his bringing down of the Shah of Iran in 1979, to be replaced by radical Muslim cleric Ayatollah Khomeini. The history of Iran is such that a secular government friendly to both the West and their trading partners along the ancient trade routes, such as India and China, had been an important stabilizing element in Mid-east politics for centuries. Jimmy Carter pressured the Shah, a longtime friend of the United States, to leave Iran. Then he denied him asylum and medical treatment. At the same time he supported the fundamentalist Mullahs who opposed the Shah. A religious revolution followed and the rise of Muslim fundamentalism had begun in the Middle East. The terrorism and overall unrest that plagues the world today can be properly traced to this specific failure of the Jimmy Carter presidency.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Oct. 26, 2010 6:43 a.m.

    Clearly his mind is going. The world was a big mean place back then too, we were just in full retreat up til Reagan.

  • Ding_Dong_Daddy Murphysboro, IL
    Oct. 25, 2010 11:57 p.m.

    Jimma Carter hasn't improved much over past 3 decades either.

  • HerbG OXFORD, al
    Oct. 25, 2010 11:01 p.m.

    At least we Americans were smart enough to limit Mr. Carter to one term! I remember his administration all too well: the Panama Canal given away, Tehran hostage crisis, Cuban boat lift, 17% home mortgage rates, and inflation rampant. Yeah, he was a great president alright - at least in his own mind.

  • ClydeS Alva, FL
    Oct. 25, 2010 10:41 p.m.

    America has improved greatly over the past thirty years. Jimmy Carter has not, more's the pity.

  • GavInTucson Tucson, AZ
    Oct. 25, 2010 9:25 p.m.

    Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy. Although you've done some fine and noble things in later years, your presidency was what it was -- a marvelous example of ineptitude.

  • Harlan Randallstown, MD
    Oct. 25, 2010 6:25 p.m.

    The USA improved immensely while President Reagan was being sworn in and the Iranians were releasing the US Embassy hostages who were taken while Jimmuh Carter was President.

  • Resident Spanish Fork, UT
    Oct. 25, 2010 5:02 p.m.

    I hope whoever is elected next is to Obama what Reagan was to Carter.

  • kiapolo Provo, UT
    Oct. 25, 2010 3:59 p.m.

    Yep, Jimmy. The United States has not changed much for the better, thanks to you and the democrat agenda. Starting with Lyndon Johnson's Great (Giveaway) Society, the democrat party has been more interested in buying votes and creating dependency than promoting a productive, tax paying, educated populace. Democrats punish success and reward irresponsibility.

  • imissgwb moorpark, ca
    Oct. 25, 2010 3:50 p.m.

    Lol, hey Ex-Pat of Zion ,

    The united states has never lost a war with another country. read your history.

    : )

    I miss President Bush. Seriously, One of the greatest presidents of our time. Read his book, you'll see.

  • bill660 shreveport, lA
    Oct. 25, 2010 3:39 p.m.

    I have had the honor of working side by side with President Carter on homes for Habitat for Humanity. I will say that he is a good man, but when it comes to his political ideology he is as far out in left field as can be. I am too young to remember much about his presidency, but I do know that today he is out of touch with America.

  • Frankie66 Milwaukee, WI
    Oct. 25, 2010 2:56 p.m.

    Let's talk about blood on our hands--yes, a few thousand civilians died in Iraq most of them at the hands of fellow Iraqi citizens. How about the 3 million who died in SE Asia because a democratic congress cut off funding and let the invading North Vietnamese Army massacre and reeducate the local populace, Or the Laotian hill people who were gassed. Before you start crying we shouldn't have been there you need to have some historical understanding of what was happening at that time in history.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Oct. 25, 2010 2:52 p.m.

    Coming from the only President more incompetent that Obama. I recall things got way better in 1981 and 1982 than 1980.

  • SoCalHobbit San Bernardino, CA
    Oct. 25, 2010 2:48 p.m.

    Well, Mr. Carter, you and your ilk have done everything you can to dismantle our nation over the past 30+ years...perhaps that has something to do with our current state, non?

  • biffula Grand Prairie, TX
    Oct. 25, 2010 1:54 p.m.

    Where to start with the shredding of this jack leg president? Never fired a missile? Maybe because even if you'd needed to you would have bent over and taken it instead of defending us Carter. Bi-partisanship? Maybe because the dems controlled everything and had for decades when you were prez. Mr. Carter. The repubs still bent over and took it when you and your party led us into the ditch. How about the massive inflation you saddled us with Jimmy boy? Anyone remember 20% interest rates? Geez you could go on for days ripping this clown. Well, at least you can take solace in the fact that you're no longer the worst president of the last 100 years. A new contender has arrived to take your place.

  • flyerman CYPRESS, TX
    Oct. 25, 2010 1:48 p.m.

    Yep, still dumb as a brick. The only good thing is that Obama is making him look good.

    Mr. Carter, perhaps you should read a history book occasionally.

  • MichaelScott Montgomery, AL
    Oct. 25, 2010 1:34 p.m.

    BTW, we can also thank Mr. Carter for pulling support for the Shah and allowing the Islamic theocrats to take power in Iran, a mistake that plagues us to this day.

  • MichaelScott Montgomery, AL
    Oct. 25, 2010 1:31 p.m.

    Carter hasn't improved much over the past three decade, America says.

  • spinpilot Houston, TX
    Oct. 25, 2010 1:01 p.m.

    WOW! In the end Reagan couldnt remember all the great things he had done. Carter remembers great things he NEVER did!

  • RUpain10shun Topeka, KS
    Oct. 25, 2010 11:44 a.m.

    He's a legend in his own mind.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Oct. 25, 2010 11:34 a.m.

    Article quote: "We had almost complete harmony with every nation on Earth," the Nobel Peace Prize winner said of his administration. "We not only preserved peace for our country, we never went to war. We never dropped a bomb. We never fired a missile."

    Yet Carter had American hostages in Iran for a paltry 444 days.

    Ya know, maybe he SHOULD have used military power. Yes, even after the failed rescue attempt.

  • tskm Fort Jones, CA
    Oct. 25, 2010 11:31 a.m.

    Keep on making your case, Jimmy. If you live, long, long, long enough you just may have out lived all of us that suffered through your one term presidency. Then it will be only your words against those pesky historians'.

    Do you realize how much you have to thank President Obama for? Afterall, up until now the American public never had a greater sense of "buyer's remorse" with a POTUS. It is the current president's administration that has elevated the Carter adminstration to the 2nd worse in at least the last 100 years.

    It is kind of nice to be #2 sometimes, isn't it Jimmy!

  • tskm Fort Jones, CA
    Oct. 25, 2010 11:14 a.m.

    Keep making the case that you were a good president, Jimmy. If you live long, long,long enough, those Americans that actually suffered through your one term presidency, will have all died off. Then it will only be your word against those pesky historians'.

    Never, until now, have Americans had a greater sense of "buyer's remorse" with a POTUS, than with you. You have much to be thankful for of the Obama adminstration!

    It's sometimes nice to be #2, isn't it?

  • IUT Nashville, Indiana
    Oct. 25, 2010 9:51 a.m.

    "We had almost complete harmony with every nation on Earth,"

    Well, accept for the Russians invading Afganistan and the Cubans running amok in Africa and Central America and the Iranians holding American hostages and terrorists in Lebanon targeting Americans for kidnapping and all of Eastern Europe being behind barbed wire and stuff like that.

    But besides THOSE things Carter had it under control!

    Somebody take this guy back to the home and give him some fresh tapiocca.

  • petem1999 San Antonio, tx
    Oct. 25, 2010 9:51 a.m.

    Some of the highlights of the Carter Years

    January 21, 1977
    Carter pardons Vietnam War draft evaders.

    December 31�January 1, 1977
    Carter visits the Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi, in Tehran, calling Iran "an island of stability" in the Middle East.

    March 17, 1978
    Carter warns of the Soviet threat in a foreign policy address at Wake Forest University.

    December 15, 1978
    The Carter administration grants full diplomatic status to the People's Republic of China.

    April 20, 1979
    President Carter claims a rabbit tried to attack him during a fishing trip in Georgia, and the Washington Post runs a front page story with the headline: "President Attacked by Rabbit."

    September 14, 1979
    A Washington Post poll gives Carter the lowest approval rating of any President in three decades.

    November 4, 1979
    Iranian students take sixty-six Americans hostage at the American embassy in Tehran.

    Not bad for a one term loser.

    I think Obama will make the Carter Years look good by comparison.

  • bluesfortrouble Austin, TX
    Oct. 25, 2010 9:29 a.m.

    Way to go, Carter. The one war we actually should have engaged in in the last 50 years (against Iran ca. 1979), which may well have put the reins on the rise of radical Islam, was the one we failed to engage in.

  • funksoul6 Brooklyn, NY
    Oct. 25, 2010 9:18 a.m.

    You know, Jimmy Carter was correct here about one thing: there was more bi-partisanship in Congress when he was President; both parties despised the miserable little failure of a President equally. Now that's what you call a true unifier.

  • Ruler4You Nampa, Idaho
    Oct. 25, 2010 8:58 a.m.

    As I recall, Jimmy's administration was marked by considerable strife with the middle east and more specifically Iran. We were in the middle of the Cold War and that means that tensions between Soviet era Russia were very strong. China was not even at the table to play. The "peace" talks between Israel and the 'Palestinian' people were at the same stalemate they are today and Arafat was a real thorn in J.C.'s side.

    Apparently, Jimmy's memory is as bad as his presidential policies were.

  • Thatsfunny Alexandria, VA
    Oct. 25, 2010 8:36 a.m.

    This guy cracks me up! Seriously. Most of Carter's failings, and they are many, have already been mentioned here, but I haven't seen what I think is his biggest legacy - the Department of Education. A massive, unnecessary, federal bureaucracy that has proven to be nothing more than a shill for the teachers unions. In 30+ years it has done nothing but DUMB DOWN education in this country. An absolute travesty!

  • newsy Richfield, UT
    Oct. 25, 2010 7:40 a.m.

    That's right! Same 'ol incompetent Jimmy Carter. I guess he wasn't TOO all around in the last three decades. Ronald Reagan faced an 11% unemployment rate when he took office in 1980. He cut taxes across the board and froze government spending. As a result, America enjoyed nearly three decades of an economic boom. Carter and his liberal cronies can deny that all they want but the truth stands firm. The point is, people just don't believe liberalism anymore!

  • AlexGomez2 Lindon, UT
    Oct. 24, 2010 4:46 p.m.

    I'm a naturalized citizen who still remembers the contrast between the US of Mr. Carter and the US of Mr. Reagan. What a contrast! I congratulate those in this forum who also remember the fact that Mr. Carter's single accomplishment to Egypt and Israel to successfully negotiate the peace was great. I'm also glad that there is a consensus that Mr. Carter has been trying to rewrite history now that many of his generations are no longer around to remind him of the mess he made. I surely remember other nations' disdain towards the US. Many thought that the days of US superpower were gone under Mr. Carter and now, I'm afraid there is the same feeling thanks to Mr. Obama.

  • DUBBLEDUB Scottsdale, AZ
    Oct. 24, 2010 4:07 p.m.

    @ Ex-Pat of Zion: give it a rest man. Your last defense of Carter was literally laughable. He was a vanilla, middle-o-the-road, ineffectual boob who was perceived (accurately) as spineless (hostage crisis). You won't get much support in defending that guy, and for good reason. Have you noticed the recurring thematic word being used in these bogs? Inept. It's telling.

  • KM Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 24, 2010 2:59 p.m.

    Again, liberal presidents never fade away! They are political activists first, presidents second.

  • downsouth Summit, UT
    Oct. 24, 2010 1:59 p.m.

    dimensia sucks

  • Christy Beaverton, OR
    Oct. 24, 2010 1:06 p.m.

    The Rock | 11:56 a.m. Oct. 24, 2010
    Federal Way, WA

    Bush was at least willing to defend the US and our interests. Radical Islam attacked us. Bush cannot be held accountable for any of the deaths inflicted by our enemies in the Middle East.


    Does your moniker represent what you've been living under? We were attacked by 19 crazed extremists from Saudi Arabia. We were not attacked by a religion made up of 1.5 billion people. Bush/Cheney cooked the facts to support their agenda. And we invaded a country that had NOTHING to do with 9/11, and had done NOTHING to us. At least a million people have died based on lies.

    Jimmy Carter was an ineffectual president. But George W. Bush will go down in history as THE worst president this country ever had the misfortune of enduring. He and his cronies should be in prison for all the blood they have on their hands. If they cannot be held accountable for all the blood, WHO CAN?

    It's shameful when people defend these evil liars by saying that they were only defending our interests.

  • SoJoGreg South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 24, 2010 12:52 p.m.

    Apparently my comments were edited by DesNews that I made yesterday. They weren't nasty, were on subject and although opinionated I feel appropriate.

    I really dislike this guy. I asked "who let this guy out of the nursing home." I meant it in a way that shows he is an embarrassment as an ambassador for the US. So sad to see people still think he is Lucid - or really ever was. As an American I am sad when people represent my country that are so far from what I consider "reality."

    Let's see if this makes it through the comment editors this time :)

  • borox23 Payson, UT
    Oct. 24, 2010 12:51 p.m.

    I'm all for people from either party FAILING when trying to enact policy and laws designed to grab more power and take our freedoms under the pretense of "taking care of us"

  • camotim Council Bluffs, IA
    Oct. 24, 2010 12:28 p.m.

    The man is a disgrace. Only the presence of obama has made him look any, but not very much, better.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    Oct. 24, 2010 11:56 a.m.

    @ ljeppson | 11:36 a.m. Oct. 24, 2010

    You said; "One of the highlights of our lives was when President Carter shook my wife's hand when he was coming out of Barnes and Noble in Sugarhouse. A truly great man! Moreover he doesn't have the blood of 100,000's of civilians on his hands like President George W Bush. "

    Under Carter's "leadership" the USSR took over ten nations and enslaved them. His weak leadership lead to a much more aggressive and brutal Soviet Empire.

    Bush was at least willing to defend the US and our interests. Radical Islam attacked us. Bush cannot be held accountable for any of the deaths inflicted by our enemies in the Middle East.

    Bush was no prize. I disagree with him on many things. Bush was light years ahead of Jimmy Carter as President. They only thing Jimmy Carter can do right is grow peanuts and maybe build houses with Habitat for Humanity.

    Carter was in way over his head. Obama is even worse.

  • ljeppson North Salt Lake, UT
    Oct. 24, 2010 11:36 a.m.

    One of the highlights of our lives was when President Carter shook my wife's hand when he was coming out of Barnes and Noble in Sugarhouse. A truly great man! Moreover he doesn't have the blood of 100,000's of civilians on his hands like President George W Bush.

  • Furry1993 Somewhere in Utah, UT
    Oct. 24, 2010 9:47 a.m.

    I remember the years Prsident Carter was in office. I have never doubted that he was, and is, a good and honorable man. For the longest time, though, I thought he would be the worst President in my lifetime. George Walker Bush has releived him of that "first" -- George Walker Bush holds the position of worst "President" (he didn't deserve the title president) ever.

  • peter Alpine, UT
    Oct. 24, 2010 8:40 a.m.

    Sorry Mr. Carter, but having survived your admininstration, watching you campaign in the West on the evils of tobacco, then praising the South for their wonderful tobacco industry, dementia has robbed you of the reality of your negative impact, not only on this country, but on the world. This article sounds more like it was written for his funeral than the harsh realty of his works as a President.

  • Hanksboy Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 24, 2010 8:39 a.m.

    Mr. Carter is a master of revisionist history. He obviously sees things as he wishes they were rather than as they really were. His presidency was among the most ineffectual in history. Double digit inflation, gas lines, lack-luster military, etc, etc. I remember well his telling the American people that we were in a "malaise." Perhaps it was true but if so it was his policies and lack of leadership that put us there.

    Give him credit for doing good for people since he left office. Period.

  • kreese Taft, CA
    Oct. 24, 2010 7:57 a.m.

    Bob T is absolutely correct. How soon we forget, better yet, how well history gets distorted by the news media and our public education system.

    Obama complains about what he inherited. How many remember what Reagan inherited from Carter?

  • sherri Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 24, 2010 6:26 a.m.

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

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    Oct. 24, 2010 5:44 a.m.


  • kiaoraguy Provo, UT
    Oct. 23, 2010 11:27 p.m.

    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

  • Mc West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 23, 2010 10:44 p.m.

    "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.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 23, 2010 10:30 p.m.

    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.

  • B Logan, UT
    Oct. 23, 2010 10:15 p.m.

    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.

  • Dog Fur Prather, CA
    Oct. 23, 2010 9:55 p.m.

    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!

  • Jack Aurora, CO
    Oct. 23, 2010 9:36 p.m.

    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.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Oct. 23, 2010 9:34 p.m.

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

  • Blue Bolshevik Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 23, 2010 9:09 p.m.

    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.

  • Christy Beaverton, OR
    Oct. 23, 2010 6:52 p.m.

    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...

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    Oct. 23, 2010 6:38 p.m.

    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.

  • Ex-Pat of Zion Lititz, PA
    Oct. 23, 2010 6:29 p.m.

    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

  • transman Layton, UT
    Oct. 23, 2010 6:20 p.m.

    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.

  • Bob T Murray, UT
    Oct. 23, 2010 6:16 p.m.

    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.

  • Marky Mesa, AZ
    Oct. 23, 2010 6:05 p.m.

    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.

  • Jack Aurora, CO
    Oct. 23, 2010 5:19 p.m.

    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.

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    Oct. 23, 2010 5:06 p.m.

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

  • Ex-Pat of Zion Lititz, PA
    Oct. 23, 2010 4:52 p.m.

    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.

  • KM Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 23, 2010 3:44 p.m.

    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.