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.
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.