You remember Jimmy Carter, right? He’s the guy that took office after the Watergate scandal, the resignation of Richard Nixon, and the quasi-presidency of Gerald Ford. The country was in a deep malaise over Watergate, didn’t trust the Republicans as far as they could throw them…and you really couldn’t blame the country, and wanted an “outsider” to be president. He soundly defeated Gerald Ford (making him the only person to sit in the White House and never be elected to either the presidency or the vice presidency) and his VP candidate Bob Dole.
Well, Carter’s term in office was less than spectacular. He oversaw one of the worst financial times (until Obama) since the Great Depression. He never accomplished much other than revive the popularity of the peanut, except one shining policy move. He forged what actually was a decent, long-lasting peace between Egypt and Israel in the Camp David Accords. He also was the guy that was in charge when the Iranian Embassy was over-run, and 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days. He was also the guy that tried to rescue them with a daring helicopter attempt, which failed miserably and resulted in the deaths of eight US servicemen.
Well, since he was roundly defeated in a landslide by Ronald Reagan in 1980, Carter retreated to Georgia and tried to rebuild his tattered image. He did so through Habitat For Humanity, building houses for needy individuals. He’s now back…wanting to parlay the Camp David Accords into solving the crisis in North Korea.
Yeah…you heard right. The 93 year old, with cancer, wants to broker a deal with one of the most hard-line regimes in the world. Go figure!
Now, in recent years, Carter has really gone off the rails with some of his comments, and some of his attempts to sway policy. You don’t hear from him much, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But when you do, it’s usually attached to some funky idea like this one. Jimmy…you need to stay home and rest and relax. Most 93 year olds are happy playing Canasta and Cribbage. Stay in the rocking chair on the front porch!
Coming from a guy that lives in a retirement community where the average age is well over 80, I know that sounds a bit harsh, but Carter needs to realize his time in the sun is over. He needs to cede the reins of power to others that are younger, better suited to deal with today’s problems, and able to cope a LOT better than he ever did in the White House. And no…we don’t need more liberals trying to make foreign policy decisions. Carter’s victory with the Camp David Accords was the most successful foreign policy decision of any Democrat president since Harry Truman dropped the big one on Japan. No other Dem has been able to match Camp David since. You’ve got that going for you, Jimmy…be happy with it…and enjoy your retirement.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!