Jimmy Carter rewrites history

posted at 11:25 am on April 28, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Former president and current loose cannon Jimmy Carter continues to rewrite history. He appeared on the Today show to give a strange rendition of the elections that produced Hamas as the winner of the Palestinian elections, somehow alleging that the US government’s identification of Hamas as a terrorist organization and the policy of non-engagement with terrorists came after the election. Carter rewrites history in this clip:

In fact, the policy of non-engagement with terrorists that so surprised Carter in 2005 dates back to before his own presidency in 1976. Perhaps Carter spent too much time kissing the cheek of Leonid Brezhnev to notice, but the US has always insisted that it would not negotiate with terrorist groups, which has included Hamas since the group’s inception. The election gave Hamas an opportunity to repudiate terrorism and to recognize the right of Israel to exist within borders later to be determined. It has done neither. Hamas conducted a coup d’etat in overthrowing the Palestinian Authority in Gaza and uses Gaza as a launching pad for rocket attacks on civilians in Ashkelon and Sderot, which they continued while Carter was in Israel and Syria.

Carter can play he-said, she-said with Condoleezza Rice all day long on whether he was “warned” not to meet with Hamas, but he knows perfectly well that negotiations with unrepentant terrorists is forbidden. The smug satisfaction he beams on Today comes from knowing that it wouldn’t have made any difference, anyway, as he himself admits. Nothing was going to keep Carter from hugging Khaled Mashaal.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Man, Carter is such a tool. The parallels with Huckabee are eerie: strong Southern Baptist, but complete lunatic. How can he (Carter) be so anti-Israel? Doesn’t the man think? At all? I realize the answer is probably no, but surely we didn’t elect such a twit?

Oh, off topic–have you seen the new whining that the next Supercarrier class will be called the Gerald Ford? Apparently the military is favoring Republicans because there is no carrier named after Clinton and Carter. Gee, ya think?

Vanceone on April 28, 2008 at 11:29 AM

I think it was PJ O’Rourke who said that the older Carter gets, the funnier looking he is…kind of like a Don Knotts of the Undead.

In my circle I use admiration of Carter as a litmus test for who to take seriously.

JohnTant on April 28, 2008 at 11:30 AM

Jimmy carter man of the people dictators and terrorists

William Amos on April 28, 2008 at 11:31 AM

The election gave Hamas an opportunity to repudiate terrorism and to recognize the right of Israel to exist within borders later to be determined.

Heh … oh wait, you were serious?

Tony737 on April 28, 2008 at 11:32 AM

In my circle I use admiration of Carter as a litmus test for who to take seriously. – JohnTant

Would you believe me if I told you that I met somebody who actually uttered these words: “Jimmy Carter was one of the best presidents we’ve ever had”? Mr. Credibility, meet Mr. Toilet.

Tony737 on April 28, 2008 at 11:35 AM

BTW Carter is in the NY Times today saying how evil it is for the US to “Push it’smandate on other countries” and not accepted terrorists and communists. Its one of the most clueless things I have ever read

Pariah Diplomacy byJIMMY CARTER

William Amos on April 28, 2008 at 11:35 AM

Perhaps Carter should read up on the Barbary pirates and Thomas Jefferson’s view of negotiating with terrorists.

cameo on April 28, 2008 at 11:36 AM

We have become such a damn soft nation it is disgusting.

Jimmy Carter is nothing but a treasonous seditious reject that should be put on trial and then on a firing range. As should Nacy Pelosi and ANY other American who calls themself a diplomat of peace who is an American.

This is only going to make matters worse and show the world how soft we have become.

upinak on April 28, 2008 at 11:37 AM

Carter: not only his business is nuts.

profitsbeard on April 28, 2008 at 11:38 AM

Somebody, please . . . convince this jackass that he should become a permanent house guest of Hamas.

rplat on April 28, 2008 at 11:38 AM

Who let this jerk back into the country?

fogw on April 28, 2008 at 11:38 AM

Obama just has to be cringing on how to react to his “next latest nightmare”—–Carter’s endorsement.

Rovin on April 28, 2008 at 11:41 AM

The only President that America has ever had who was worse than Jimmy Carter was Lyndon Baines Johnson and he at least had the courtesy to leave the scene quite some time ago now.

MB4 on April 28, 2008 at 11:41 AM

Sometimes you feel like a (pea)nut.

TooTall on April 28, 2008 at 11:43 AM

When I saw the “Pariah Diplomacy” headline in the Times’ last night, I held out brief hope Jimmy had finally figured out what almost all rational people think about his coddling up to Hamas, Assad in Syria, Hugo Chavez and just about every other terror group or American-hating dictator in the world.

Sadly, it wasn’t the case, and Carter seems hell-bent in going to his grave attempting to pay back the American people for not re-electing him in 1980 by providing dictators and terror leaders with all the talking points they need to allege the United States is a rogue nation worthy of attack (just as long as they remember Jeremiah Wright’s church is a nuclear-free zone).

jon1979 on April 28, 2008 at 11:44 AM

Why is Carter trying to negotiate with George Clooney?

Blake on April 28, 2008 at 11:45 AM

Would you believe me if I told you that I met somebody who actually uttered these words: “Jimmy Carter was one of the best presidents we’ve ever had”? – Tony737

Tony, unfortunately, there are quite a few of these people out there. It’s like their brains were sucked out of their skulls by aliens.

Vanceone – they should have named the new ship “William F. Buckley”! That would’ve PO’d the left!

kirkill on April 28, 2008 at 11:45 AM

James Earl (Jim E.) Carter is indeed a tool. A tool of the Saudi money that keeps him, his peanut farm and the abysmal Carter Center afloat in cash.

Money talks, BS walks, a Jim E. is walking.

SeniorD on April 28, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Ahh, Jimmy, the real “Worst President Ever”. You guys know how we’re supposedly in a terrible economy right now?

March 2008 unemployment: 5.1% while the inflation rate is 3.98% yielding a misery index of 9.08.

Now look at December 1980, Jimmah’s last month in office: unemployment 7.2% and inflation 12.52% giving a misery index of 19.72, the first time in a year it was below 20.

Here’s the raw numbers.

The guy was twice the failure economically that Bush supposedly is, but he gets venerated. When he’s not busy plagiarizing Dennis Ross he’s busy violating the Logan Act. If you set out to be dishonest and destructive to America and it’s interests, could you do a better job than Jimmy?

trubble on April 28, 2008 at 11:56 AM

Jimmy Carter can say whatever he wants, do whatever he wants, go where ever he wants, and nothing will ever change the undeniable fact that he will always remain in the history books as absolutely THE worst President this country has ever had.

pilamaye on April 28, 2008 at 12:01 PM

This reminds me of all the times Reagan and G.W. Bush ran around the world undermining Clinton policies.
…Oh wait, they never did.

Rhinoboy on April 28, 2008 at 12:01 PM

Too bad Jimmah didn’t tour Ashkelon and Sderot to find out what it’s like to have a rocket launched (by Hamas) at your peanutty brain.
It’s a good thing that an ex-President influences no one, therefore nothing.
This man makes me reach for the bucket.

Christine on April 28, 2008 at 12:08 PM

surely we didn’t elect such a twit?

Oh, just wait until November.

playblu on April 28, 2008 at 12:12 PM

Don’t forget the Prime Rate at 21%. Also, home mortgage real good rate, 14%. If you were buying a house and got that rate you celebrated. NOW that was a GOOD PRESIDENT!!! How quick we forget…

pueblo1032 on April 28, 2008 at 12:15 PM

Carter makes even Obama look like a true patriot.

Niko on April 28, 2008 at 12:16 PM

Former president and current loose cannon Jimmy Carter…

Are you implying that he wasn’t a loose cannon before?

morganfrost on April 28, 2008 at 12:20 PM

Semi- o/t, but did anybody see this weekend’s photo-op of my Governor (and ex pres candidate) Bill Richardson having a big ol’ man-hug with Hugo Chavez? I understand he’s trying to get U.S. contractors held for 5 years by FARC released, but the Guv of N.M. is our top negotiator now? What exactly is wrong with our State Dept?

Rhinoboy on April 28, 2008 at 12:22 PM

Forgive Carter. He’s just got that contagious liberal sickness that is going around and he knows not what he does.

Travis1 on April 28, 2008 at 12:23 PM

Carter has a submarine named after him. Unlike him however, the sub has the good sense to stay hidden underwater.

rbj on April 28, 2008 at 12:23 PM

Globe-trotting terrorist whore returns to U.S. to gloat in front of cameras.
Jimmy, don’t pee in the well if you expect to be thirsty later on.

whitetop on April 28, 2008 at 12:27 PM

Carter has a submarine named after him. Unlike him however, the sub has the good sense to stay hidden underwater.

rbj on April 28, 2008 at 12:23 PM

Unfortunately the one time it surfaced it was attacked

William Amos on April 28, 2008 at 12:29 PM

I’m almost certain that at some point in Carter’s life he did “inhale” something slightly more toxic than THC. His dementia is part and parsel to that other mental disease—-liberalism.

Rovin on April 28, 2008 at 12:32 PM

Infairness Carter studied over Admiral Rickover and he was also a bit of a loon

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyman_Rickover

William Amos on April 28, 2008 at 12:35 PM

A Remarkable Idiot.

CP on April 28, 2008 at 12:35 PM

Please fade away….soooon.

jukin on April 28, 2008 at 12:48 PM

Unfortunately the one time it surfaced it was attacked

William Amos on April 28, 2008 at 12:29 PM

By a killer rabbit. In water-wings.

Midas on April 28, 2008 at 12:58 PM

If there was ever a mug suitable for a Mahdi Gras mask….er..I mean Mardi Gras mask it is Jimmah’s.

I hope this fool lives to be 115 just so he can read even more ‘worst of the worst’ remarks about him.

Limerick on April 28, 2008 at 12:58 PM

Famous quote:

“Sometimes when I look at all my children, I say to myself, “Lillian, you should have stayed a virgin.””
– Lillian Carter

Shy Guy on April 28, 2008 at 1:00 PM

He has lust in his heart and dust in his head.

How much more anti-semitic can Carter get?

Kini on April 28, 2008 at 1:02 PM

The only President that America has ever had who was worse than Jimmy Carter was Lyndon Baines Johnson and he at least had the courtesy to leave the scene quite some time ago now.

MB4 on April 28, 2008 at 11:41 AM

+1. He just doesn’t know how to retire graciously. His funeral won’t be similar to Reagan’s, and I don’t mean the rituals.

Entelechy on April 28, 2008 at 1:11 PM

carter is such a NUTJOB and a lying rabid bigot.

dogsoldier on April 28, 2008 at 1:22 PM

Former president and current loose cannon Jimmy Carter continues to rewrite history.

Funny, you could replace “Jimmy Carter” with “Billy Jeff Clinton” and the sentence would not change intent one iota.

nukemhill on April 28, 2008 at 1:23 PM

He should build a house and lock himself in…

right2bright on April 28, 2008 at 1:25 PM

Jimmy Carter bizarre antics should no longer come as a surprise. Carter is a man filled with rage. Carter’s insane rant at Yitzhak Rabin back in his presidential memoir is long forgotten but it says everything about Carter’s vengeful personality. His rant can be found in the first edition of “Keeping Faith”, Carter’s poorly written presidential memoir. In the memoir, Carter claims that Yitzhak Rabin was such a cold person that Rabin didn’t want to join him (Carter) in watching Carter’s daughter Amy sleeping in her White House bedroom. Carter thought this reflected badly on Rabin. Actually, Mr. Rabin was probably like most us who would find it creepy to stand there and watch a 12 year old sleeping in her PJs in bed. Carter does not stop there. Carter then sneers at Rabin’s manhood and says that he doesn’t think Rabin is tough enough to be a real general. Then not finished Carter lambasts Rabin for not seeing the moral wrong of Israel’s existence.He says he presented Rabin with a plan for a Palestinian state and Rabin was too thickheaded to realize Carter’s perfect vision. Carter’s bizarre personal behavior is nothing new. It was on display in his dry as dust memoir “Keeping Faith”.

Larraby on April 28, 2008 at 1:25 PM

Democrat Jimmy Carter thinks there are not enough people alive that really knows, so he is free to rewrite whatever he chooses. Anyone think the drive by media would correct him?

Jimmy said the world would be out of oil by the year 2000.

tarpon on April 28, 2008 at 1:29 PM

Ahhhhhhhhhhh………poor Dhimmi………pack it in, fool…

adamsmith on April 28, 2008 at 1:33 PM

I have to disagree that LBJ was worse than Jimmy Carter.

LBJ was a liberal and was dishonest, but he was still a “grown up” and could distinguish friends from enemies: a skill which Jimmy Carter never developed.

Only Jimmy Carter could create an economy so bad that all 50 states had to repeal their usury laws in order to permit commerce in an environment in which interest rates of over 20% were pervasive for home loans, business loans, auto loans, etc. and the “adjustable rate loan” had to be invented out of necesssity!!!

All of us are STILL paying for Jimmy Carter’s failures!!

landlines on April 28, 2008 at 1:35 PM

Why is Carter trying to negotiate with George Clooney?

Blake on April 28, 2008 at 11:45 AM

That’s hilarious…and you owe me a new keyboard from the coffee I spit all over it.

Glynn on April 28, 2008 at 1:36 PM

Carter rewrites history in this clip

Sometimes I think the entire purpose of this site is simply to misrepresent every story that comes by. Here is the quote:

“[Hamas] got a majority of seats in the Parliament and I stayed over a couple of extra days to work between Fatah, headed by Mahmoud Abbas, on the one hand, and Hamas to try and arrange a unity government, and it was all set. But then the United States and Israel declared that there wouldn’t be a Palestinian united government, so they declared that Hamas was a terrorist organization, they refused to negotiate with them, they refused to give food and water and electricity and other supplies to people under Hamas leadership in Gaza and that broke the whole situation down.”

For those on the right, the relevant quote is:
“they declared that Hamas was a terrorist organization.”

You know what? He misspoke! Immediately previous to this statement he said “the United States and Israel declared that there wouldn’t be a Palestinian united government,” and then he used the word “declared” again because he had just used it 11 words previously. Yes, he should have said this:

“they stated that Hamas was a terrorist organization.”

He accidentally re-used the word “declared” because he had just used it, and this becomes the subject of a thread. Very funny.

dave742 on April 28, 2008 at 2:05 PM

Jimmy is cracked, and I don’t care
Jimmy is cracked, and I don’t care
Jimmy is cracked, and I don’t care
If he would just go away

One week he rode around the world
Flies so numerous that they did swarm
One chanced to bite him on the ass
The devil take the turn-tale fly

Jimmy is cracked, and I don’t care
Jimmy is cracked, and I don’t care
Jimmy is cracked, and I don’t care
If he would just go away

Someday he will lay beneath the ‘Nelville tree
His epitaph will be there for all to see
“Beneath this stone I’m forced to lie
The victim of the turn-tale fly”

- Virginia Minstrels

MB4 on April 28, 2008 at 2:09 PM

I have to disagree that LBJ was worse than Jimmy Carter.

LBJ was a liberal and was dishonest, but he was still a “grown up” and could distinguish friends from enemies: a skill which Jimmy Carter never developed.

All of us are STILL paying for Jimmy Carter’s failures!!

landlines on April 28, 2008 at 1:35 PM

To maintain his predominant influence over him, McNamara sent draft memorandums to Johnson before the Joint Chiefs had an opportunity to comment.
- H.R. McMaster

MB4 on April 28, 2008 at 2:17 PM

In my circle I use admiration of Carter as a litmus test for who to take seriously. – JohnTant

Would you believe me if I told you that I met somebody who actually uttered these words: “Jimmy Carter was one of the best presidents we’ve ever had”? Mr. Credibility, meet Mr. Toilet.

Tony737 on April 28, 2008 at 11:35 AM

Doris Kearns Goodwin?

To be exact, I remember some reporter commenting on Jimmy Carter asking her, as the historical expert, if Jimmy Carter wasn’t about the best president we ever had. She agreed he was.

Of course, that was about 8 years ago. Think she’s changed her mind since then.

Back then, I would have said he was the best EX-president ever, on the theory that the best thing that ever happened to our country is when he became the EX-president. But after all his shenanigans these past few years, I can’t even say that any more.

tom on April 28, 2008 at 2:24 PM

Dhimmi Carter is on Larry King Live tonight.

CP on April 28, 2008 at 2:25 PM

He accidentally re-used the word “declared” because he had just used it, and this becomes the subject of a thread. Very funny.

dave742 on April 28, 2008 at 2:05 PM

So you know the use of the word “declared” was an accident, and what he really meant was “stated?”

Even if it were true, it doesn’t matter anyway. The important word was then, saying it was only after Hamas won the election that we pointed out they were a terrorist organization.

You’re not just splitting hairs: it’s the wrong hair.

tom on April 28, 2008 at 2:31 PM

I understand why the DNC sat Jimma next to Michael Moore at the 2004 convention. Useful Idiot #1 meets Useful Idiot #2.

Steve McCullough on April 28, 2008 at 2:40 PM

True colors shining through.

saiga on April 28, 2008 at 2:59 PM

dave742:

If the comment were out of character for Carter, you might have a point.

The problem is, the comment is QUITE in character for Carter.

As is mendacity in general, particularly concerning Israel and Hamas.

Merovign on April 28, 2008 at 3:29 PM

How do you spell “schmuck”?

mojo on April 28, 2008 at 3:39 PM

Merovign:

The problem is, the comment is QUITE in character for Carter.

The insinuation I addressed is that Carter makes gross history errors. The supposed gross history error pointed out in this thread is nothing of the sort, and was an error made in a live interview. You say it is QUITE in character for Carter to make gross history errors. Show me one that is real.

dave742 on April 28, 2008 at 3:44 PM

Did you catch where she asked him, “So, if you were warned or asked not to go, you wouldn’t have?”

“No, I’d probably gone anyway, because I feel it’s that important.”

What arrogance! Calling Condi a liar, yet stating he would have gone regardless.

wytammic on April 28, 2008 at 5:27 PM

Vanceone on April 28, 2008 at 11:29 AM

There is already a ship named after Jimmy Carter but not a carrier

Oldnuke on April 28, 2008 at 5:46 PM

MB4 on April 28, 2008 at 11:41 AM

I have to disagree with that post…but just barely and I could be swayed easily :-) I still think Carter was the worst in history but LBJ is close at least in my lifetime.

Oldnuke on April 28, 2008 at 5:56 PM

understand why the DNC sat Jimma next to Michael Moore at the 2004 convention. Usefulless Idiot #1 meets Usefulless Idiot #2.

Steve McCullough on April 28, 2008 at 2:40 PM

Fixed.

ArkCon on April 28, 2008 at 6:23 PM

The insinuation I addressed is that Carter makes gross history errors. The supposed gross history error pointed out in this thread is nothing of the sort, and was an error made in a live interview. You say it is QUITE in character for Carter to make gross history errors. Show me one that is real.

I should think that meeting with Hamas is enough of a gross historical error. But I also thought that of meeting with Arafat, continuing utterly pointless “peace meetings” (when it was obvious what “peace” means to Palestinian leadership), etc, etc.

Since when is Misspeaking just shrugged off by people? I mean, people have made every little thing George W. Bush misspoke about into a federal issue, why shouldn’t it be the same for ol’ Jimmy Carter??

P.S. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought Hamas dude looked scarily like George Clooney. Whew.

mjk on April 28, 2008 at 6:23 PM

I have to disagree with that post…but just barely and I could be swayed easily :-) I still think Carter was the worst in history but LBJ is close at least in my lifetime.

Oldnuke on April 28, 2008 at 5:56 PM

I have you at a disadvantage as I have read McMaster’s book, “Dereliction of Duty. Well about half of it as of now, but LBJ, with Robert McNamara’s help, has already got Carter beat, which I know is hard to do.

MB4 on April 28, 2008 at 6:34 PM

I have you at a disadvantage as I have read McMaster’s book, “Dereliction of Duty. Well about half of it as of now, but LBJ, with Robert McNamara’s help, has already got Carter beat, which I know is hard to do.

MB4 on April 28, 2008 at 6:34 PM

I was there, so I don’t need the book. Robert McNamera was a JFK error: McNamera always thought that he was smarter than anyone else…and consequently was easily duped.

My assessment:

JFK, LBJ: Phonies.
Jimmy Carter: Genuinely, completely incompetent (in multiple disciplines).

landlines on April 28, 2008 at 7:04 PM

The media discovered and promoted Jimmy Carter. As Lawrence Shoup noted in his 1980 book The Carter Presidency and Beyond:
“What Carter had that his opponents did not was the acceptance and support of elite sectors of the mass communications media. It was their favorable coverage of Carter and his campaign that gave him an edge, propelling him rocket-like to the top of the opinion polls. This helped Carter win key primary election victories, enabling him to rise from an obscure public figure to President-elect in the short space of 9 months.”
Does this sound like anyone currently running for president?

Garnet92 on April 28, 2008 at 7:56 PM

I was there – I was an adult during Jimmy Carter’s presidency and believe me, he was an almost complete failure. Following are a few facts about his presidency.

On assuming office in 1977, President Carter inherited an economy that was emerging from a recession. He had severely criticized former President Ford for his failures to control inflation and relieve unemployment, but after four years of the Carter presidency, both inflation and unemployment were considerably worse than at the time of his inauguration.

The annual inflation rate rose from 4.8% in 1976 to 11% in 1979, and hovered around 12% at the time of the 1980 election campaign.

With approximately 8 million people out of work, the unemployment rate had leveled off to a nationwide average of about 7.7% by the time of the election campaign, but it was considerably higher in some industrial states.

The prime rate hit 21.5% in December 1980, the highest rate in U.S. history under any President.[35] The high interest rates would lead to a sharp recession in the early 1980s

In July 1980, Carter received a favorable rating of only 21% in the Gallup Poll. That was the lowest rating any president, including Richard Nixon at the time of his resignation, had received since polling began in 1936.

By 1980, Carter was so unpopular that he was challenged by Ted Kennedy for the Democratic Party nomination in 1980.

Garnet92 on April 28, 2008 at 8:00 PM

McNamera always thought that he was smarter than anyone else…and consequently was easily duped.

landlines on April 28, 2008 at 7:04 PM

McNamara (and LBJ) were the dupers, not the dupees.

MB4 on April 29, 2008 at 4:31 AM