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Carter Backpedals on Bush and Blair

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Posted on May 21, 2007
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Whoops, did I say that?  The White House was quick to assail Carter, calling him “increasingly irrelevant”—that’s political speak for “fuddy-duddy.”

Jimmy Carter must have received some angry phone calls over the weekend after he seemingly explicitly called the Bush administration the “worst in history” in terms of foreign policy and critiqued team Blair in Britain for going along with Bush’s agenda, because Monday morning found Carter in serious backpedal mode on the “Today” show.


MSNBC:

Interviewed on the TODAY Show about the comments, Carter said, “They were maybe careless or misinterpreted.” He said he “certainly was not talking personally about any president.”

When pressed by NBC’s Meredith Vieira as to whether he was saying his remarks were careless or reckless, the former president said, “I think they were, yes, because they were interpreted as comparing this whole administration to all other administrations.”

Carter said he was answering a question about the foreign policy of former President Richard Nixon, as compared with that of the current administration. He said he wasn’t comparing the Bush administration with all those through American history. But in comparison to Nixon’s, the Bush administration’s foreign policy “was much worse,” Carter said.

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By rage, May 21, 2007 at 4:21 pm Link to this comment
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I just wish he had let the whoring media imps take the original statement for what it was worth. President Carter just should have said nothing. It wasn’t a gaff. Carter was direct! He had the words that best described this administration. Have the courage of committment to your feelings to stick to your guns. Carter should have added some to that before he ever dared to take anything off that. He should have cut that little half-twit long and deep.

When are the Dems going to realize that Pinhead43 is a lame duck in franchise that he has descimated? There is already nadda left for Jebby, whom daddy should have run instead of Junior. Four years from now, America is not going to sit about longing for the days of Dubya the way she now longs for Arkansas Slick. Dumya is going to be that retard Miss Liberty is going to deny ever having met, let alone having spent a nickels worth of time politically romancing, already realizing what a rotten premise machiaveillian neo-conservatism was for building a lasting economy. Lady Liberty is going to give a vicious beat-down to the first mofo who throws her past with Flubya up in her face, not wanting to recall this crappy eight years of her wasted life.

Dubya is now that baby on Maury Povich who twenty corrupt infidel Repug hounds an episode fervently deny fathering, scandalously ducking and dodging through every legal means humanly conceived any certifiable documentation of their paternity. I was tickled at how that Reagan dementia card was less than subtly eliminated from the old Repug debate deck while invoking the Great Communicating Gipper with the same zeal chocolate marble cheese cake is renounced in the Cult of Jenny Craig, mentioning Dumya all of maybe once. Poppy41 is even running about with Slick42 in the name of negro colleges, keeping it real groping Terri Hatcher booyah. Right now, Dumya worries that Pukey41 wishes Slick42 was his real son. Even Barney has cancelled BarneyCam, wanting to distance himself from this nut while he yet has some cuteness marketability left. Meanwhile, poor Laura has been reduced shamelessly washing back Xantex with Maalox straight from the bottle just to get through her “supportive” appearances!

Thus, I encourage President Carter to go for it. Jimmy can even gloat that Rozy, Amy, and the Boys never carried on the way Laura and the Twins have. And, Carter’s brother Billy had the decency not to choke on pretzels that came with all his beers. Carter is in the God-Spot with this chump. Carter doesn’t even have to make crap up, as Dippy43 has left a legacy rife with some really great material. Junior43’s screw-ups, when printed, read like something by Stephen King on crack and meth at the page length of a comprehesive collection of the Works of Tolstoy. That little emporer has run naked through the Capitol long enough with folks too scared to call him on his bullcrap. So, go on, Jimmy! Break him on off right! Get Junior’s throat! Snatch his butt down!

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By Lani, May 21, 2007 at 3:47 pm Link to this comment
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So what’s the big deal?  Carter didn’t say anything that many of the rest of us (and lately MOST of the rest of us!) didn’t know already….

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By loveinatub, May 21, 2007 at 3:36 pm Link to this comment

What is it with Carter?? How could he backpedal like this???  Call a spade a spade!!  King George W. Bush IS if not one of the WORST PRESIDENTS the United States has ever seen. WORST by any measure is defined as: liar, deceptive, duplicitous, jingoist, out to screw the working class, hostile to mandating government environmental regulations, ignorant, stubborn, contemptuous, hostile to revising national drug policy, appointing cronies, and above all else, INCOMPETENT!

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By QuyTran, May 21, 2007 at 3:24 pm Link to this comment

I really feel sorry for him when hiding behind the truth, the naked truth, of this criminal administration.

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By Leefeller, May 21, 2007 at 3:08 pm Link to this comment

#71489 by Tom Doff you said it better this I.

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By aaron l., May 21, 2007 at 2:52 pm Link to this comment
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What NBC passes off as real journalism is ridiculous. Carter doesn’t have to apologize for anything. If Bush can’t taken criticism for a war he started under false pretenses, that’s his problem.

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By Trigger finger, May 21, 2007 at 2:44 pm Link to this comment
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Who said this man has done more damage to our democracy than any president in US history? How about more than all the others combined!

His legacy: DEATH, DEBT, DISGRACE, DISHONOR, DISGUSTING, da DUNCE,

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By Tom Doff, May 21, 2007 at 1:44 pm Link to this comment
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Jimmy Carter didn’t backpedal, he rather cleverly appeased his illiterate attackers while rephrasing his premise.

I mean, how else could you interpret ‘I meant to say that Bush and his administration was worse than Nixon’, other than ‘Bush and his administration are the worst in history’?

Can you think of anyone else lower than Nixon, or even in the ballpark with the despicability of Bush?

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By luna, May 21, 2007 at 1:20 pm Link to this comment
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No one should “backpedal” when speaking the TRUTH.
I am sick of all these people who “backpedal” after hitting the nail right on the head!
Quit being such frickin COWARDS!

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By Chris, May 21, 2007 at 1:15 pm Link to this comment
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At least we had a good weekend. The remarks were made on Thursday and Friday, and the news cycle was slower over the weekend, which allowed for Carter’s clear-minded remarks to sink in.

There was a comment by the White House on Sunday, claiming that Carter was “irrelevant”, but considering that Bush’s popularity ratings are now in the 20’s, the White House can hardly accuse him of lying.

But it’s sad to see Carter trying to put a spin on what he knew was the truth when he said it. Why does a rare, healthy dose of reality in a jaded American media so often have to be compromised afterward? 

His comments were like a refreshing tonic. They stand on their own.

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By 911truthdotorg, May 21, 2007 at 1:08 pm Link to this comment

My God, the Dems are the most pathetic group of cowards I have ever seen! And they think they’re going to win in 2008?? They won’t even stand up to these criminals with WORDS!! Jimmy Carter should be ashamed of himself for not sticking to his guns.
I’m ashamed of him and the rest of those cowards.

We need Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich or Mike Gravel in 2008!! They have guts!! If we get any of the other hacks, we are doomed!

Google videos: 9/11 Press for Truth, Loose Change 2nd Edition

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By Virgil Sollozzo, May 21, 2007 at 12:51 pm Link to this comment
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Jimmy Carter got it all wrong.  Dead Wrong.
Bush is not the worst President…..it’s DICK Cheney.  Let’s not kid ourselves.

Bush is just the sort of amiable shallow puppet to wheel out while these “Lie to your face” oily bureacrats de-construct the Constitution of America.

Many of the Bush administration were once apprentices of the Nixon/Kissinger double act…Ruthless, Cynical, Ambitious and totally lacking any scruples.  These guys learned how to work the system without possesing any real intellectual talents…except one, if you can call it that.  Dirty tricks.

Nixon refered to Donald Rumsfeld affectionately as “A Ruthless little bastard”.

Donald Segretti, Nixon Dirty-tricks strategist,  was mentor to Karl Rove.
This is not the Bush II Presidency or even a second Reagen; it’s Nixon II.

I curse the day I heared the name Bin Laden.  We are getting screwed from both ends

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By Jon Roybal, May 21, 2007 at 12:01 pm Link to this comment
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It is so sad to see Carter, the former President and great humanitarian do a spin on his own words. He knows that the pre-emptive war policy of this Administration is, at its root, totally unchristian and exemplifies folly at its worst. Too bad for the Democrats who sheepishly follow Carter’s example and backtrack to their doom…

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By don knutsen, May 21, 2007 at 11:57 am Link to this comment

I’d encourage everyone to writeMr. Cater, at the Carter Center. Its easy enough to find on the net….and tell him thaht he has no reason to be apologising for stating the obvious. This administration, I’m sure, will go down as the worst in our history. The damage they have done is spread thruout the world. They havebeen at work dismantling our democracy from the very beginning. and its breathtaking the amount of success they have had with teh help of the rubber stamp repub.s and a lapdog media. Mr. Carter has spend his time since being in office trying to make the world a better place…he is the opposite of bu$h.

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By Leefeller, May 21, 2007 at 11:52 am Link to this comment

Not the worst president in U. S. history, not that!  Carter hitting below the belt again.  Carter should never say things like “Bush is the worst president in U.S. history”.  Now what if Carter had said “Bush is the worst Republican in U.S. History?  Since Carter is not a Republican this would not be for him to say. 

Bush is supposed to have been a history major in college, so you would think he would know who the worst president was and where he the Bush fits in history.  Now, Bush may have attended his history class’s, like he showed up for National Guard duty, his knowledge of history is probably right up there with Manny the Cockroach.

We were told by White House cronies that Carter’s comments were irrelevant. So why the big change?  Carters comment was relevant because it is the truth?  I would ask the History Major President, who was really the worst president,  but I would be talking to a Bush. 

Far as I am concerned if Carter had stated instead that,  “Bush is the worst Ass Hole in U.S. history”, he would have been correct. The White House spokes person would have counterd Carter by saying “Bush is the worst Ass Hole in U.S. history is irrelevant”. 

Bush the history major will have another point of view on all this,  since Bush has inside knowledge about history repeating itself.

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By namvet67, May 21, 2007 at 11:04 am Link to this comment
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Also sad to hear Mr. Carter temper his words. But he has spoken the truth and that is something very rare in D.C.today. That’s why the backlash. Truth is the only thing that can save America. Our government uses fear to rewritethe Constitution giving corporate America complete control over the affairs of America.
Hoa binh

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By GW=MCHammered, May 21, 2007 at 11:02 am Link to this comment
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President Carter, please explain to this congress and president that we already have an Ownership Society. Society owns government. The people employ this president and by all counts, his work is unacceptable. The sooner we end his employ, the sooner he can get the help he really needs. Then someone responsible can begin the hard work of cleaning up his aftermath. Backpedal… this president only stands because of all the backpedaling.

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By Mar Del Zur, May 21, 2007 at 10:55 am Link to this comment

It’s a shame to see him do this, since he speaks the truth. But we all know what happens to people who tell the truth about this administration. No matter, history will prove what we already know today. Bush is the worst president in U.S. history. This administration has done more damage to our democracy then any in history. Don’t worry about your legacy George, it’s already set:

DEATH, DEBT, DISGRACE

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