Carter: I’m the superior former President

posted at 1:00 pm on May 22, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Guess which former President is Jimmy Carter’s favorite?  Three guesses:

Former President Jimmy Carter isn’t letting modesty stand in the way of his assessment of his post-presidential life.

“I feel that my role as a former president is probably superior to that of other presidents,” Mr. Carter said in an interview with NBC News.

Apparently, even Carter realized a little later how bad that sounded. He contacted NBC to amend his remarks to say that his role with a non-profit organization gave him “superior opportunities to do good.” In other words, he’s extremely fortunate that someone created the Carter Center after he left office. And who was the masked man who did that? Er ….

Carter actually started off his post-presidential era well, working with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for the poor. Unfortunately, he rapidly became one of the most destructive former presidents this country has ever had by interfering with American foreign policy long after the voters of this country explicitly told him they didn’t want him conducting it any more. His interference stopped Bill Clinton from dealing more decisively with North Korea, which gave Kim Jong-Il the time he needed to construct nuclear weapons. He has muddied up the Israeli-Palestinian peace process by cheering Hamas, a group that has earned its place on the US list of terrorist organizations. He’s given Republican and Democratic Presidents alike reason enough to pray that someone builds Carter a Habitat for Humanity home that locks from the outside.

I’m tempted to play Mac Davis’ It’s Hard To Be Humble, but that’s too obvious. Instead, let’s turn this over to Chesney Hawkes, another one-hit wonder (at least in the US) with a penchant for self-promoting paeans:

Update: I got this by e-mail this morning and didn’t realize it was eight months old. Actually, I’m not sure how I missed it in September. Anyway, I doubt Carter has changed his mind in the last eight months, but my apologies for not making the date clear in the beginning.


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Oy, what a douche.

Purple Fury on May 22, 2011 at 1:00 PM


“I feel that my role as a former president is probably superior to that of other presidents,”

Sure, if your goal is to frack up everything you touch!

Tony737 on May 22, 2011 at 1:03 PM

I’ll bet it’s untreated syphilis.

cynccook on May 22, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Delusional

Philly on May 22, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Nice to see that Jimmy is establishing himself as a humble and meek man. Yes, he will enter the gates of Heaven and announce that he is worthy of Paradise.

john1schn on May 22, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Whose medicine cabinet would you rather have a peek into: his or Pelosi’s?

Kataklysmic on May 22, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Hey, even Bill Klintoon did something good after leaving office when he went to N. Korea and got back those two reporterettes! Credit where credit is due.

Tony737 on May 22, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Whose medicine cabinet would you rather have a peek into: his or Pelosi’s?

Kataklysmic on May 22, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Her’s is full of batteries.

john1schn on May 22, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Get used to this crap, folks. If Obama serves two terms, he will leave office at the age of 55. We’re gonna have to listen to his self-serving blather for decades.

L.N. Smithee on May 22, 2011 at 1:08 PM

“For hate’s sake, I spit my last breath at thee.”

John the Libertarian on May 22, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Whose medicine cabinet would you rather have a peek into: his or Pelosi’s? – Kataklysmic

Just don’t get caught!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIK0kzhEJzM

“Wanna get away?”

Tony737 on May 22, 2011 at 1:09 PM

That Carter keeps squawking after being President shows he doesn’t understand what leadership is.

Paul-Cincy on May 22, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Why is it[or as least as perceive it] so many Ds have so little class . Why can they not get off the world stage and leave us alone. For a so called Christian,,he really has a problem with anti-semitism and a real ego problem. I think he needs to go on a mountain retreat and eat nothing but beetles and grass for about 10 years,get his mind straight.

retiredeagle on May 22, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Why was Ronald Reagan taken from us too soon by the ravages of Alzheimer’s, yet this douchebag continues to torment us daily of (allegedly) sound mind and body?

KSgop on May 22, 2011 at 1:11 PM

What a narcissistic loser.

AZCoyote on May 22, 2011 at 1:11 PM

CARTEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!

“I’m laughing at the superior ex-president.”

Lone Star on May 22, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Ugh.

ladyingray on May 22, 2011 at 1:12 PM

I’ll bet it’s untreated syphilis.

cynccook on May 22, 2011 at 1:04 PM

As far as we know, he only commited lust in his heart, so this would be spiritual syphilis.

NeighborhoodCatLady on May 22, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Oh yeah, Jimmy! you’re truly a legend-in-your-own-mind! Quite possibly the WORST President to have ever served in office, though Obama is gradually gaining ground on establishing that dubious distinction for himself!

But you, Jimmy, you are in a class all by your lonesome! Because in a relatively short amount of time, from the time you were voted out of office till now, you have, by your own hand and your big fat loud mouth, established yourself as a truly despicable, loathsome person, one who does not deserve a single ounce of respect.

Not to mention that it is clear that senility is really starting to rear its head with you, especially with this latest idiotic utterance of yours!

pilamaye on May 22, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Anti-semitic pig. Hope Arafat is saving him a chair in hell.

austinnelly on May 22, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Please..how about a warning before asking HotAirians to click on a video link, huh?

I’m still retching…I’d rather a good Rick Roll instead of that….vile…disgusting…who the hell was that, anyway?

BobMbx on May 22, 2011 at 1:17 PM

The quote still stands:

“Sometimes, when I look at my children, I say to myself, ‘Lillian, you should have remained a virgin.’”
– Lillian Carter, mother of Jimmah (and Billy)

Shy Guy on May 22, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Well I would have to agree. After becoming president no other president earned the right to be called “former president” more than him.

clement on May 22, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Trivia question:
Did Monty Python come up with that killer rabbit scene to mock Carter?
Just curious.

itsnotaboutme on May 22, 2011 at 1:21 PM

BobMbx on May 22, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Chill!

Shy Guy on May 22, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Lew Rockwell likes to call him the least the evil former U.S. President.

Spathi on May 22, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Peanut’s “Legacy” will turn out to be worth about as much as an empty Billy Beer can-about 5 cents.

Del Dolemonte on May 22, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Trivia question:
Did Monty Python come up with that killer rabbit scene to mock Carter?
Just curious.

itsnotaboutme on May 22, 2011 at 1:21 PM

You’re thinking of “The Upper Class Twit of the Year” sketch.

Erich66 on May 22, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Lew Rockwell likes to call him the least the evil former U.S. President.

Spathi on May 22, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Lew Rockwell also dates Cindy Sheehan.

Del Dolemonte on May 22, 2011 at 1:24 PM

To be a liberal you must consider yourself:

1. Smarter than everyone else
2. More important than everyone else
3. The sum or your intentions (not your actions or results)

I find it interesting that the ultimate liberal President is a man that was a complete failure and continues to embarrass himself and his party while the ultimate Conservative President (Reagan) is heralded by both parties and considered a national hero.

How do people still vote Democrat?

alecj on May 22, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Lew Rockwell also dates Cindy Sheehan.

Del Dolemonte on May 22, 2011 at 1:24 PM

My guess would be 3 years after Helen Thomas was born.

Shy Guy on May 22, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Get used to this crap, folks. If Obama serves two terms, he will leave office at the age of 55. We’re gonna have to listen to his self-serving blather for decades.

L.N. Smithee on May 22, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Now stop it you scaring me!

whbates on May 22, 2011 at 1:26 PM

If a man has to tell others that he is so great and superior and, etc, etc….

He mostly likely is not.
A real man does not need to point things like this out, and when one does point things like this out….
they, like Carter, come off sounding as if he did not do these works with conviction. He did them to gain popularity points among the masses.
Carter and Obama, please get on a boat and sail away.

bridgetown on May 22, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Spoken by the man who came close to turning America into Ceti Alpha V.

jon1979 on May 22, 2011 at 1:28 PM

He has always been quite sure of his superiority.
Carter’s autobiography, WHY NOT THE BEST?, was published in 1975.

itsnotaboutme on May 22, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Presidential Historian Steven Kerns tells why exactly why Jimmy Carter is the best ex-president ever.

Tommy_G on May 22, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Trivia question:
Did Monty Python come up with that killer rabbit scene to mock Carter?
Just curious.

itsnotaboutme on May 22, 2011 at 1:21 PM

You’re thinking of “The Upper Class Twit of the Year” sketch.

Erich66 on May 22, 2011 at 1:24 PM

For those who aren’t aware, Carter was in a small boat on a lake during a vacation, & he claims an aggressive rabbit swam out to him to do him harm.

itsnotaboutme on May 22, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Fish.
Barrel.
Shotgun.

Bruno Strozek on May 22, 2011 at 1:33 PM

I agree that he’s been a much better ex-President than he was a President.

I think that “ex” prefix has a lot to do with it.

SteveMG on May 22, 2011 at 1:35 PM

let’s turn this over to Chesney Hawkes

Who?

irishspy on May 22, 2011 at 1:38 PM

But, he is no longer the worst president has had. Albeit, it is very close.

Dingbat63 on May 22, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Presidential Historian Steven Kerns tells why exactly why Jimmy Carter is the best ex-president ever.

Tommy_G on May 22, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Classic!

itsnotaboutme on May 22, 2011 at 1:39 PM

The man is an hallucinating moron and a certified nut.

rplat on May 22, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Sure, if your goal is to frack up everything you touch!

Tony737 on May 22, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Just like the current White House occupant. Both are the Midas of Manure.

Patrick S on May 22, 2011 at 1:41 PM

“I feel that my role as a former president is probably superior to that of other presidents,” Mr. Carter said in an interview with NBC News.

His statement was predicated on the notion of the superiority of blind allegiance to a bunch of terrorist bastards who want to push the Israelis into the sea.

Either that or maybe he was speaking in terms of peanut-farming know-how.

hillbillyjim on May 22, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Hey Ed,

This is 8 months old. Why now?

(Not that it’s not deplorable; it’s just not timely.)

Brad G on May 22, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Carter is superior to one president, the current One.

Ed, fantastic caption!

Schadenfreude on May 22, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Carter just went to North Korea and made a fool of himself. Hillary, when asked to see him said “NO, wait Hell NO”.

Carter is also a ‘friend’ who’d betray anyone, same as the other buffoon, Richardson of NM.

Schadenfreude on May 22, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Hey Ed,

This is 8 months old. Why now?

(Not that it’s not deplorable; it’s just not timely.)

Brad G on May 22, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Nothing has changed. Carter is more arrogant. Obama is dumber.

Schadenfreude on May 22, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Why was Ronald Reagan taken from us too soon by the ravages of Alzheimer’s, yet this douchebag continues to torment us daily of (allegedly) sound mind and body?

KSgop on May 22, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Reagan was needed in Heaven. Carter can take his time.

William Amos on May 22, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Just when it appears BO is going to be the worst President ever, Carter plays the humble card.

Wade on May 22, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Don’t worry ,Jimmy. Obama is fighting hard but you are still the worst prez ever. For now.

Southernblogger on May 22, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Hey Ed,

This is 8 months old. Why now?

(Not that it’s not deplorable; it’s just not timely.)

Brad G on May 22, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Nothing has changed. Carter is more arrogant. Obama is dumber.

Schadenfreude on May 22, 2011 at 1:55 PM

And besides, it gives us all a chance to once more laugh at the clueless poster at the link, who says:

Carter was a superior president as well, ahead of his time. Solar panels on the White House, telling the American public to exercise some restraint, Obama could learn a thing or two from this man. His “Malaise” speech was what this greedy, conspicuously consuming country needed to hear. Too bad no one listened. That’s why we have human pachyderms flocking to Wal-Mart.

Comedy Gold.

Del Dolemonte on May 22, 2011 at 2:11 PM

There is a very BIG rabbit swimming directly at him

georgealbert on May 22, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Carter to primary 0bama?

Rebar on May 22, 2011 at 2:14 PM

“Obama Must Go” at Pro-Israel Protest in New York (Video)

http://conservativeblogscentral.blogspot.com/2011/05/obama-must-go-at-pro-israel-protest-in.html

Nearly Nobody on May 22, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Carter:
Alpha Idiot at Large

RalphyBoy on May 22, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Body has outlived brain.

petefrt on May 22, 2011 at 2:33 PM

As a former employee of the Carter Adminstration I thank GOD up high that I’m not eligible for rehire.

Limerick on May 22, 2011 at 2:37 PM

He is the superior ex-president… Jimmy being EX is far better than any other living ex-president being out of office

phreshone on May 22, 2011 at 2:48 PM

From Georgia, apologies.

slickwillie2001 on May 22, 2011 at 2:55 PM

let’s turn this over to Chesney Hawkes

Who?

irishspy on May 22, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Doc Hollywood.

Lanceman on May 22, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Reagan was needed in Heaven. Carter can take his time.

William Amos on May 22, 2011 at 1:59 PM

No worries. I doubt he’ll even sniff the air of the place.

john1schn on May 22, 2011 at 3:00 PM

This moron has no clue that his beloved Democrat Party has been bought lock,stock,and two smoking barrels by George”Dr. Strangelove” Soros, the committed “One World Government(Of course I’m going to run it, I’m God..)” cretin. His socialism is beyond Socialism, and Carter proves again that he is a Useful Idiot for the Communists of the world.

Oh, and your crappy Habitat for Humanity homes in Jacksonville,Fl. are falling apart. You can’t even build a dog house you stupid old fool…….

adamsmith on May 22, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Self important narcissists have to spend a lot of time telling everyone else how great they are, precisely bcs they are NOT.

Badger40 on May 22, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Carter is the epitome of proof that liberalism is a progressive mental disorder ending in insanity. It is happening everywhere. Irrationality is the state of reality for liberal thinkers. Until we acknowledge liberalism for what it is,it will progress on until mankind as we know it will cease to exist.

volsense on May 22, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Nice to see that Jimmy is establishing himself as a humble and meek man. Yes, he will enter the gates of Heaven and announce that he is worthy of Paradise.

john1schn on May 22, 2011 at 1:05 PM

But will he deem Paradise to be worthy of him?

Solaratov on May 22, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Trivia question:
Did Monty Python come up with that killer rabbit scene to mock Carter?
Just curious.

itsnotaboutme on May 22, 2011 at 1:21 PM

You’re thinking of “The Upper Class Twit of the Year” sketch.

Erich66 on May 22, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Actually, the “killer rabbit” is from Monty Python and the Holy Grail;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcxKIJTb3Hg

cheers

eon

eon on May 22, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Khan! Who care what the article is about. A picture of Khan makes my day.

lonestar1 on May 22, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Don’t forget, Jimmah, that you are also a nuclear physicist!

You do it all, man!

Really Right on May 22, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Obama wins the arrogance prize and this guy wins,hands down, the Humilty Prize. I noticed he didn’t give us the criterion for his objective selection.

Now Obama’s gonna get mad. I predict a cage fight of presidential proportions. “The Great white hope” against “the great white and black hope and change.”

Don L on May 22, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Go away Jimmuh, go away, go away and AnninCA yourself…

OmahaConservative on May 22, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Get used to this crap, folks. If Obama serves two terms, he will leave office at the age of 55. We’re gonna have to listen to his self-serving blather for decades.

L.N. Smithee on May 22, 2011 at 1:08 PM

He won’t need two terms to torment us for decades. Carter’s been the worst ex-pres ever for over 30 years after serving only one disasterous term.

PatMac on May 22, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Nice to see that Jimmy is establishing himself as a humble and meek man. Yes, he will enter the gates of Heaven and announce that he is worthy of Paradise.

..Paradise is worthy of him.

john1schn on May 22, 2011 at 1:05 PM

FIFY!

Mutnodjmet on May 22, 2011 at 4:56 PM

I would like to see a President tell Carter that if he further conducts rogue foreign policy, he will not be allowed back into the country.

Kini on May 22, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Trivia question:

Did Monty Python come up with that killer rabbit scene to mock Carter?

Just curious.

itsnotaboutme on May 22, 2011 at 1:21 PM

You’re thinking of “The Upper Class Twit of the Year” sketch.

Erich66 on May 22, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Actually, the “killer rabbit” is from Monty Python and the Holy Grail;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcxKIJTb3Hg

cheers

eon

eon on May 22, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Yeah, “Twit of the Year” has rabbits, but they are defenseless ones, not Attack Rabbits. One of the Twits tries to bash one to death with the butt of his rifle, as I recall.

Del Dolemonte on May 22, 2011 at 4:59 PM

This is 8 months old. Why now?
(Not that it’s not deplorable; it’s just not timely.)
Brad G on May 22, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Yeah, I remember reading this on the blogs and news sites last year, when it was news. But on the plus side, this might mean that 8 months/year from now Ed could find one of the thousands of news stories on Obama’s recent throwing of Israel under the bus and opine in a post, “Ooops, my bad, I guess Obama meant what he said!”. :D

whatcat on May 22, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Congress should pass a law that former presidents have to stay home, sit on the porch and drink sweet tea or something. Jimmy’s still looking for his legacy.

Kissmygrits on May 22, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Unfortunately, he rapidly became one of the most destructive former presidents this country has ever had by interfering with American foreign policy long after the voters of this country explicitly told him they didn’t want him conducting it any more.

Excellent line and well worth quoting.

backwoods conservative on May 22, 2011 at 5:36 PM

That’s KHAN on the front page!!
At first glance, I thought it was Judith Light.

mrt721 on May 22, 2011 at 5:38 PM

“I feel that my role as a former president is probably superior to that of other presidents,”

President Carter went on to say that “I was assured I was the best by the Magical Princess and her friend the talking racoon in their gingerbread castle on Jupiter”.

It’s called Dimensia.

Tim_CA on May 22, 2011 at 5:48 PM

The HH people are quick to remind us that Jiminy Carter is associated with HH International, not the separate domestic operation. They want no part of him. HH USA has been around since before Carter was hatched.

slickwillie2001 on May 22, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Jimmy, go home to Plains and shut up before you make an even…oops, about 20 years too late for that.

SuperCool on May 22, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Hey, Jimbo, one term, remember? Actually you spent the last year and a half hiding under your desk.

dogsoldier on May 22, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Building homes that are falling apart for minorities is not something to be proud of, let alone, his disgusting betrayal of conservative American presidents and his treatment towards Israel.

dthorny on May 22, 2011 at 6:23 PM

The Killer Rabbit told Carter was the best president evah.

dthorny on May 22, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Best thing Carter’s SS detail could do for him would be to tie him up, and duct tape his mouth shut.

GarandFan on May 22, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Best thing Carter’s SS detail could do for him would be to tie him up, and duct tape his mouth shut.

GarandFan on May 22, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Imagine that for a job, -that has to be the crap detail. Maybe it’s awarded as punishment, like Thule in the Air Force.

slickwillie2001 on May 22, 2011 at 6:53 PM

you might want to change doctor there Jimmy. seems like he’s got you on the wrong meds…

maineconservative on May 22, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Hoover was one of the great ex-presidents from what I have heard (certainly better than he was as president).

Count to 10 on May 22, 2011 at 7:46 PM

Imagine that for a job, -that has to be the crap detail. Maybe it’s awarded as punishment, like Thule in the Air Force.

slickwillie2001 on May 22, 2011 at 6:53 PM

I actually know someone who refused a position to SS. Paraphrased and censored, his reasons were: “I already get enough government goons crawling up my @$$ (the certification process for “Yankee White” is insanely strict), and it would be way too tempting to slug the dumb b@st@rd right in his noise hole.”

First time I ever saw a federal agent with their jaw hanging open.

Uncle Sams Nephew on May 22, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Who?

irishspy on May 22, 2011 at 1:38 PM

The song’s from the ‘Doc Hollywood’ soundtrack. I boughy it as a cassette single when I was in my early 20′s…and now I could have a child in their early 20′s.
*sigh*

annoyinglittletwerp on May 22, 2011 at 11:44 PM

If Obama serves two terms, he will leave office at the age of 55. We’re gonna have to listen to his self-serving blather for decades.

L.N. Smithee on May 22, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Not if we take away his teleprompter privleges after he’s out of the WH.

DrAllecon on May 23, 2011 at 12:58 AM

J. Carter has probably hammered more nails into wood than any other living President.

I hate to get into semantics but Carter stated:

“I feel that my role as a former president is probably superior to that of other presidents,”

Carter did not say his performance in the role was probably superior, he said his role was probably superior

Generally, a ‘role’ is something you get assigned

My question: who gave Carter his role? If he didn’t assign himself this role, we got to worry. If he assigned himself the role, how come he didn’t hold our for a role which was definitely superior?

Just askin

This guy is too humble to eat crow

Give Clinton credit for wondering what the meaning of ‘is’ is. Clinton might not have hammered as many nails into wood as Carter, but he would not hammer without a clear understanding of why he was hammering

entagor on May 23, 2011 at 5:53 AM

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