Carter: I still don’t have a relationship with Obama

posted at 2:01 pm on February 22, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

That’s been the headline takeaway from Jimmy Carter’s interview with Piers Morgan from last night — that, and Carter claiming that his grandson won the election for Barack Obama by producing the “47 percent” videotape.  Oddly, that hasn’t improved relations between Obama and the Democratic President whose policies Obama most closely emulates, at home and abroad.  Go figure:

Democratic pollster and onetime Carter campaigner Pat Caddell tells National Review’s Eliana Johnson he’s not surprised at all:

“I think it’s pretty disappointing but not surprising,” Caddell says. “Obama doesn’t have relationships with anybody.” …

Carter, throughout his presidency, had a warner relationship with his predecessors. “He and Ford became very close friends even though he defeated Ford,” Caddell recalls. “He got along with Nixon okay. Presidents tend to at least have some respect for each other, a respect for the person in the office.”

Caddell argues that the White House’s decision to keep Carter at a distance reflects a broader political strategy: “This is the nature of the Obama administration; it is loyal to no one.”

Well, in this case I might be inclined to give Obama a pass.  Carter isn’t exactly a beloved figure in American politics.  He started off his post-presidential career with a high-minded effort to dedicate himself to charitable works, but then decided quickly that he’d rather interfere with American foreign policy.  Presidents of both parties have had to deal with the consequences of that decision, which had the most unfortunate impact in North Korea.  Bill Clinton wanted to get tough on Pyongyang to stop their march toward nuclearization, but Carter’s interference undercut those efforts, and forced Clinton to step back and sign the framework that allowed North Korea to develop nukes.  Obama has that headache right now, and probably is none too pleased with the mess.

It’s not too surprising that Obama doesn’t want to associate himself with Carter’s legacy.  It’s difficult to see why anyone would.


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The only smart thing Obama has done as President./S

neoavatara on February 22, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Perhaps some of that good old boy stuff still resides next to that lust in his heart?

Don L on February 22, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Of course not. Carter is straight.

The Rogue Tomato on February 22, 2013 at 2:06 PM


Carter: I still don’t have a relationship with Obama

…he’s a homo…James!

KOOLAID2 on February 22, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Hey Obama, you’re next!

Will be a joy to see him fade from public relevancy!

Tick Tock Tick Tock…..

can_con on February 22, 2013 at 2:07 PM

“This is the nature of the Obama administration; it is loyal to no one.”

Well, except to Karl Marx and Saul Alinski. Those philosophies he is very loyal to.

More seriously, why would any president want to have any association with Carter? Obama should be looking at this, because this is how future presidents are going to feel about Obama. Nobody, not even democrat presidents are going to want any of the taint of the Obama administration on them.

AZfederalist on February 22, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Carter claiming that his grandson won the election for Barack Obama by producing the “47 percent” videotape.

Pffffft. It brought a few more votes from the base than it would have otherwise. In the cacophony of noise of tampons, big bird, binders and all that other stupidity this was just part of volume, not a specific note. It is highly doubtful this turned off anyone that was remotely going to vote for Romney.

But nice try, though.

kim roy on February 22, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Of course not. Carter is straight.

The Rogue Tomato on February 22, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Carter: I still don’t have a relationship with Obama
…he’s a homo…James!

KOOLAID2 on February 22, 2013 at 2:06 PM

…splat!

KOOLAID2 on February 22, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Carter: I still don’t have a relationship with Obama

.
Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww!
.
Holy geriatric homosexual longings Batman!

LincolntheHun on February 22, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Carter

Go away.

Take Mittens with you.

Bruno Strozek on February 22, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Carter feels neglected, it seems. Well, that’s what happens from your own side when you lose, Jimmuh!

Pffft!

Obscurity and disregard don’t sit well with lunatics, Democrats, and other liberals.

But I repeat myself.

Sadly, this joker is going to get a state funeral at taxpayer expense when the Reaper comes calling.

Liam on February 22, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Jimmah, you pathetic pissant, even if you had a relationship with Obamuh, there’s only room for one Comrade. So, consider yourself the Trotsky, or Zinoviev, or Kamenev to the Obamuh’s Stalin.

You are irrelevant and in the way. You imbecile.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 22, 2013 at 2:09 PM

The mush goes on forever.

cbenoistd on February 22, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Carter – one weird MF’er

jake-the-goose on February 22, 2013 at 2:10 PM

“This is the nature of the Obama administration; it is loyal to no one.”

Well, except to Karl Marx and Saul Alinski. Those philosophies he is very loyal to.

More seriously, why would any president want to have any association with Carter? Obama should be looking at this, because this is how future presidents are going to feel about Obama. Nobody, not even democrat presidents are going to want any of the taint of the Obama administration on them.

AZfederalist on February 22, 2013 at 2:07 PM


Indeed
… Sadly however the vast majority of Americans don’t care while the vast majority of conservatives are just straight up in denial about reality.

SWalker on February 22, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Why would Obama bother having a relationship with the useful idiot Carter?
He’s just like the MSM, a bunch of sobering suck up losers. Obama is a slick ,smooth, JZ hangin’ BBaller. That old white gas bag ,Carter, is just one in a long line of loser groupies trying to suck on his …ring.

BoxHead1 on February 22, 2013 at 2:14 PM

His heart belongs to Reggie.

AllahsNippleHair on February 22, 2013 at 2:17 PM

“I did not have presidential relationship with that man, Barack Hussein Obama.”

Archivarix on February 22, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Poor Jimmy, much like his feelings for everyone else whose name isn’t Barack Obama….he’s just not that into you.

And face it, Jimmy..you really can’t help him out…like Slick Willie did.

HumpBot Salvation on February 22, 2013 at 2:18 PM

“Loyal to no one Hamas.”

FTFY

Ward Cleaver on February 22, 2013 at 2:19 PM

One ancient liberal whiner whining to another liberal whiner who is not an American–and who isn’t wanted back in his home country of Britain because his lies and antics offended the British.

Yeah–superior great thinkers here, people to emulate.

Pfft!

Liam on February 22, 2013 at 2:19 PM

President Carter, you are the luckiest president alive – you lived long enough to see yourself moved to “the second worst president in history”.

Send Punk Obama a thank you note.

Here is just one punkish topic.

Schadenfreude on February 22, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Carter: I still don’t have a relationship with Obama

He’s just not that into you.

ToddPA on February 22, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Yes–I would want my son to grow up and be like Piers Morgan or Jimmy Carter. //

Take me to bed with a chainsaw…

Liam on February 22, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Obama is so dumb that he needs Hagel/Kerry/Biden to make him look smart.

Obama gets economic advice from….Al Sharpton.

Schadenfreude on February 22, 2013 at 2:22 PM

And face it, Jimmy..you really can’t help him out…like Slick Willie did.

HumpBot Salvation on February 22, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Jimmy suffers under the delusion that being one of only three living Marxist Presidents he should be afforded some kind of special party treatment. He’s actually quiet fortunate that the special party treatment that he doesn’t receive is the Trotsky treatment.

SWalker on February 22, 2013 at 2:23 PM

If Obama had a daddy, he wouldn’t look like Carter.

BobMbx on February 22, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Obama will never forgive Carter for trying to rescue the hostages in Iran.

birdwatcher on February 22, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Why would anyone want a relationship with this sour, bitter, old nut??

envycat on February 22, 2013 at 2:25 PM

So…A Doddering pissant of a meddling peanut farmer is upset that Preezy Stuttering Clusterf*k of a Miserable Failure won’t return his calls or something…

Of course that intrepid british idiot Piers Morgan would think this is somehow interesting to Americans because Piers Morgan has his finger on the pulse of America…

workingclass artist on February 22, 2013 at 2:25 PM

because Piers Morgan has his finger on the pulse of America…

workingclass artist on February 22, 2013 at 2:25 PM

that isn’t America’s pulse Piers has his finger in… errr on….

SWalker on February 22, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Jimmy should just be thankful that because of Barack Obama he will no longer be considered the worst president in history. Jimmy should just send Barry a thank you card and be done with it.

HumpBot Salvation on February 22, 2013 at 2:27 PM

What a sad little man.

sharrukin on February 22, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Carter: I still don’t have a relationship with Obama

He’s just not that into you.

ToddPA on February 22, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Reggie Love.

a capella on February 22, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Why would anyone want a relationship with this sour, bitter, old nut??

envycat on February 22, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Or Carter…?? :)

Fallon on February 22, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Obama is loyal…to Obama. No one else.

22044 on February 22, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Why would anyone want a relationship with this sour, bitter, old nut??

envycat on February 22, 2013 at 2:25 PM

You talking about Carter or Obama?

HumpBot Salvation on February 22, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Relationships and education.:)

a capella on February 22, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Earth to Carter, you’re white. Besides, liberals don’t look after their own. They only pretend to.

RDE2010 on February 22, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Interviewing Carter seems like a desperate attempt for liberals like Morgan to forestall blowback. People like nostalgia, after all.

Liam on February 22, 2013 at 2:32 PM

I told you often. Obama suffers clinically from NPD. Look it up.

He loves no one but himself.

Schadenfreude on February 22, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Here’s a good link for NPD – see also the Symptoms section, top/left.

Schadenfreude on February 22, 2013 at 2:35 PM

I HAD to post this … I just HAD to -

Feelings

OhEssYouCowboys on February 22, 2013 at 2:43 PM

I respect President Carter. But I’m reminded of an old rock song saying: Only the Good die young, all the Evil seem to live forever.

tommy71 on February 22, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Well, for one thing, Jimmy…you are a Christian and Caucasian.

Not exactly on the Obama “invite list.”

ProfShadow on February 22, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Carter is largely to blame. He’s meddled with every one of his successors and interjected himself in foreign affairs in a truly incompetent fashion. Plus he’s a prickly old geezer with an ego that bruises easily. He should have taken a page from George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush – when your time is up get off the stage and go quietly.

Then again, Obama is notoriously thin-skinned and quite arrogant so he probably doesn’t care for comparisons to Carter.

Jill1066 on February 22, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Indeed… Sadly however the vast majority of Americans don’t care while the vast majority of conservatives are just straight up in denial about reality.

SWalker on February 22, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Very well thought out article in your link. Thumbs up.

AZfederalist on February 22, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Carter: I still don’t have a relationship with Obama

This is a good thing. If two massive douchebags get together, they will combine to create a Godzilla-like Megadouche, and we’ll be crushed under an avalanche of douchiness.

RadClown on February 22, 2013 at 2:50 PM

This is a good thing. If two massive douchebags get together, they will combine to create a Godzilla-like Megadouche, and we’ll be crushed under an avalanche of douchiness.

RadClown on February 22, 2013 at 2:50 PM

The whole country needs a huge Summer’s Eve.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 22, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Very well thought out article in your link. Thumbs up.

AZfederalist on February 22, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Except he doesn’t know how to spell “lose”. It’s one of my pet peeves.

The Rogue Tomato on February 22, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Right next to the “gay marriage” story?

Bummer of article placement, Jimmah…

tom on February 22, 2013 at 3:14 PM

It’s not too surprising that Obama doesn’t want to associate himself with Carter’s legacy.

But…but…but Jimmy’s a LEGEND in his own mind!

GarandFan on February 22, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Carter is too old to lie for him so he knows to stay away from him. Obama doesn’t give a crap about the Norks. He probably thinks it keeps China busy.

DanMan on February 22, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Obama went from:

Office of the President Elect

To

Office of the President Deflect

Soon to join Carter in the

Office of the President Reject and Deject!

can_con on February 22, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Kind of funny when you think about it. Even in one of the world’s smallest social groups (living ex-US presidents), there are still cliques.

AZfederalist on February 22, 2013 at 3:32 PM

AZfederalist on February 22, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Do you think SNL will manage to include Obama in their ex presidents skits?

Or will he become the only ex president that matters anymore.

can_con on February 22, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Obama scorns an old, white, male Christian? I’m shocked. Shocked, I tell you.

Django on February 22, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Caddell argues that the White House’s decision to keep Carter at a distance reflects a broader political strategy: “This is the nature of the Obama administration; it is loyal to no one.”

It’s not too surprising that Obama doesn’t want to associate himself with Carter’s legacy. It’s difficult to see why anyone would.

I think you’re missing the forest for all the trees. You, like Democrats and RINOS, are not realizing that the Obama Administration is not just another Democrat administration. There is something much more unsettling about the Obama Administration. And the sooner you realize this, the sooner Obama’s “alone-ness” makes sense. He is not a traditional Democrat “devoted to the working poor”… he is a fascist bent on changing America into something else. That is why he doesn’t quite mesh with existing Democrat leaders, or communicate often with the press (other than to campaign or attack others), or practice transparency, or consult with Congress, or… do I really need to go on until you “get it”?

dominigan on February 22, 2013 at 4:20 PM

That’s a shame. They’ed be a lovely couple.

MCGIRV on February 22, 2013 at 7:20 PM

This is probably one of Obama’s smarter policies.

woodNfish on February 22, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Must have been a slow night on CNN to wheel carter in. But then so is every night on that channel.

virgo on February 23, 2013 at 1:02 AM

Disaster 1.0 pouts about Disaster 2.0.

Scum both.

profitsbeard on February 23, 2013 at 1:32 AM

Two evil crime bosses who don’t like each other is all.

Sherman1864 on February 23, 2013 at 5:45 AM

Carter…this guy is 88 and look at him!

Animated and the more discouraging for it….

When is old Scratch coming to claim his soul??

Sherman1864 on February 23, 2013 at 5:51 AM

Carter…this guy is 88 and look at him!

Animated and the more discouraging for it….

When is old Scratch coming to claim his soul??

Sherman1864 on February 23, 2013 at 5:51 AM

Insane people are renown for their resiliency (probs related to their being so out of touch with reality).

Maybe he could grab Soros on the way out.
That would save some carbon footprints..all 4.

avagreen on February 23, 2013 at 4:07 PM

dominigan on February 22, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Yeppers, yes, yeah, yep, yup, and yuppers

avagreen on February 23, 2013 at 4:11 PM