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Monday, May 21, 2007

The Irrelevant Mr. Carter

Former President Jimmy Carter is doing a book tour now, and he is not saying many nice things about the administration currently occupying the White House. Over the weekend, he referenced what Bush has done for our standing in foreign countries. In this regard, Carter states that the Bush administration is the worst ever.

Somewhere, James Buchanan is breathing a sigh of relief. He occupied the White House in the tumultuous days before the Civil War and his sympathies towards the South have long been seen as one reason the Civil War happened at all. Historians have bestowed on him the honor of being the worst President ever. Although the final verdict will be left to future historians, we will for the time being let Buchanan step down from the throne and crown George W. Bush the worst President.

Naturally, the Bushies will fire back with a counter-attack, like they have nothing better to do at the moment. They can let the Iraq War slide by -- unfunded -- to go after Jimmy. They can take a break from rebuilding the Gulf Coast -- it's been nearly two years since Hurricane Katrina and 40% of New Orleans residents are still displaced -- to snipe at the most respectable Democratic President in the last forty years. All that is nothing when the beloved Decider comes under attack.

So far, the Bush administration has stated that Carter's comments are irrelevant. This administration loves that word! Cheney has used the same term to describe Congressional leaders from his own party who are now criticizing the war they supported for the last four years. Ooo...I'll bet they're scared now.

As for Carter, the Bushies will probably consider the source. They may reason, after all, that Jimmy is not having a good year. They may think that he is just cranky because his Atlanta Braves are in second place. The Bush administration probably believes that Carter will feel better once he nails a couple of two by fours together for one of his houses. However, in the meantime, his comments are irrelevant.

Many people believe that Jimmy Carter was one of the worst Presidents this country had in the last thirty years. So, when it comes to naming worst Presidents, he should know what he's talking about. The Bush administration is missing a golden opportunity to retaliate with, "Well, it takes one to know one!" I can't wait for them to say this. Oh please, oh please, say this, Bush administration! It'll be so good for a laugh!

Jimmy Carter is everything but irrelevant. Since his administration was derailed by the Ronald Reagan/religious right juggernaut, he has proven himself to be an exemplary citizen of the world. His Habitat for Humanity has given shelter to many poor people here in the United States and many other countries. He has made himself available to oversee foreign election results, ensuring that democracy comes to many countries through votes and not through weapons. I dare say that, of all the former Presidents still living, Carter has the highest profile in the area of world wide humanitarian causes. I hope he is able to keep up this pace for years to come.

Go Jimmy! Go Jimmy! Go Jimmy!

1 Comments:

Blogger Sally said...

Yeah, what you said, Todd! I like Jimmy Carter. And peanuts.

May 21, 2007 at 10:09 PM  

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