This is a timely response to one of my Friends who thinks Jimmy Carter is a great ex-president.
From the Michael Medved Show Jan. 15:
Hello, Michael, I listen to you every day. Can you explain why you despise Jimmy Carter? President Carter was president during a terrible time. I don't think you can blame him for the awful, immoral '70's any more than you can blame President Bush for the issues of the last decade. President Carter has shown his true character in his actions since his presidency. I respect him for that. I didn't vote for Bush, but I would never disrespect him the way I feel you do President Carter. He certainly is not responsible for the abundance of abortion of the '70's. Thanks. I usually appreciate your opinions.
Medved: He is certainly one of the two or three worst presidents we have ever suffered through. He is an insufferable, sanctimonious idiot. I agree. He has shown his true character. I despise him for that. Okay, let me try to respond to this. It is precisely because of his behavior since he left the presidency that I particularly despise and abominate Jimmy Carter. He won a Nobel Peace Prize for attacking his own country. For attacking one of his successors, George Walker Bush. It is a long tradition in American life that even if an ex-president hates the guts of a current president, he keeps quiet about it. Because an ex-president--I mean, part of what you do--you are receiving public money--you are being paid a great deal of public money--for being a dignified ex-president. Harry Truman--let me give you an example--hated Richard Nixon. Despised him. Just despised him. And why? Because Richard Nixon made Harry Truman look bad on the issue of Alger Hiss. This was a high State Department official during the Truman Administration who, it turns out, was a Soviet spy. And he was. And Nixon was right about that, and Truman was wrong. But he never attacked him after Richard Nixon became Vice-President and then President. He was quiet about it! He was decent about it. President Carter has not been decent. He has also consistently supported and excused Islamic terrorism, Latin American dictators like Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales in Bolivia, going around--who asked him, in our government?--to go around certifying the elections of leftist creeps all around the world. Jimmy Carter has become a sanctimonious, American-hating cartoon. And a bad cartoon. And I'm tired of it. And yes, I will continue to call him The Worthless One. Not because he was totally worthless as president. No one is. I mean, every president, by accident, sometimes does something right. But as an ex-president? I think Jimmy Carter is just about completely worthless and a disgrace to the country and a disgrace to the human race.