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.