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05/21/2007 10:48 AM ID: 62570 Permalink   

Bush Administration Says Carter Irrelevant


After President Carter said the Bush Administration is "the worst in history," the White House dismissed Carter as "increasingly irrelevant."

Carter complained in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette that Bush had reversed basic American values expressed by previous administrations, including that of his father. He also detailed his low opinion of Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair.

RNC spokesperson Amber Wilkerson also chimed in saying, "Apparently, Sunday mornings in Plains for former President Carter includes hurling reckless accusations at your fellow man."

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  Carter is cool  
Mr.Carter is the only American president that was able to make peace between Arabs & Israel.
Bush can't even dream about it.
Cater was the most sensitive American president towards human rights and blacks ..
Bush initiated Gitmo and Patriot act.
Carter was only elected once .. Bush twice.
of course, Bush is very different from Carter. that's why he thinks he's irrelevant.
but history will judge later.
  by: amirrima   05/21/2007 11:23 AM     
  Sounds like  
Carter knows what he's talking about, we can only hope good men like him get back in power in the US / UK.

That might go some way to stopping the bloodshed.
  by: Maxx20     05/21/2007 11:33 AM     
  Bush says Carter is irrelevant?  
that's like rosie o'donnell calling kate moss fat.
  by: ManilaRyce     05/21/2007 11:53 AM     
  Not really  
Because Rosie is fat, whereas Bush isnt irrelevant.

You can dislike Bush, but you cant say he doesnt effect everything.
  by: Gogevandire   05/21/2007 12:21 PM     
i get all my information from time magazine. if he's not on the 100 most influential people list then who am i to argue?
  by: ManilaRyce     05/21/2007 12:49 PM     
  by: Gogevandire   05/21/2007 12:54 PM     
  Wow Dubya, what a snappy comeback  
“Bush Administration is “the worst in history””

If the Nazi jackboot fits, wear it.
  by: Valkyrie123     05/21/2007 02:11 PM     
can mark everything as irrelevant
  by: DarkAngelJG     05/21/2007 02:42 PM     
  President Bush didn't say it  
A spokesperson named Tony Fratto said, "I think it's sad that President Carter's reckless personal criticism is out there, I think it's unfortunate. And I think he is proving to be increasingly irrelevant with these kinds of comments." This summary seems to imply that Bush himself made the statement. If the headline were edited to read "Bush Administration" instead of just "Bush" it would be accurate.
For the sake of fairness, let us not forget President Carter's memorable Presidency. Inflation rose to 12%. Prime rates were higher than 20%. He alienated the Democratic controlled Congress and was unable to push through many of his campaign promises. He failed to negotiate the release of the American hostages in Iran. He ignored a proposed deal that would have gained their releasee that President Reagan accepted. He only won 49 electoral votes in the 1980 election. The American people had enough of him. His greatest success stories have been post presidency. He was a lousy excuse for a president. Maybe his initial election was the result of an overall malaise in the voting public, and disgust over the Watergate scandal.
  by: tomblik     05/21/2007 02:57 PM     
For the sake of fairness, this story isn't about the Carter administration (which was as lousy as you say), but about whether the Bush administration is "the worst in history" and whether Carter is "increasingly irrevelant."

And I think you've just shown me a new low in the art of defending Bush's ass from all detractors -- the notion that the White House spokesman does not, in fact, speak for the President, as it has always been otherwise assumed.
  by: l´anglais     05/21/2007 03:48 PM     
  mr carter  
a bright smart guy.dont worry in about a year this bush will be gone from office all you really have to do is clean up the mess that this texan tornado left.the damage path is big so get a big shovel.white house needs to be a nice house.policy should never be used as an astray of doom.go carter go.speak loudly and clearly and let the dogs cry after this world of peace they hate so much...
  by: flukemol   05/21/2007 03:58 PM     
  Carter recants his comments.  
He who is without sin..... Appearantly someone reminded Carter about his own Presidency.
  by: FreedonSupporter     05/21/2007 04:35 PM     
  He might recant them  
But Bush is still a pretty strong candidate for having the worst administration ever. You can't deny that this guy has done a pretty bad job, Carter recanting his statements doesn't mean he didnt believe what he said.
  by: kcking05     05/21/2007 04:46 PM     
This is the label that the White House sticks on all of their detractors, why should their application of it here be any surprise? Remember, they make their own reality...those not part of 20-30% of America still supporting him can just eat cake.
  by: MomentOfClarity     05/21/2007 10:04 PM     
  A smart man  
would have ignored the comment. W choose to respond to it.
  by: mcink2   05/22/2007 12:07 AM     
Was that the "deal that Reagan accepted" which involved selling arms to Iran and indirectly but purposely funding international terrorism in Nicaragua? The Iran-Contra scandal which almost brought down the popular Reagan administration? Yeah, Carter was a lousy President.
  by: stephen.mcmahon     05/22/2007 12:28 AM     
Jimmy Carter is one of the people I would hold up as 'we need more like him'. He is a good man, and was - IMHO - a great president. Even after such a suspicious exit from office, he continues to do good work with the Habitat project and other programs.
  by: lauriesman     05/22/2007 02:18 AM     
If he is irrelevant then why are you moaning about him in the first place?
  by: rajah   05/22/2007 02:23 AM     
  I thought  
Bush and Carter were tied for worst??
I guess now its Bush is worst, then Carter, then Filmore.
  by: RyanB     05/22/2007 02:24 AM     
I adore the Man, if we had someone here to vote for in the UK with a quarter of what that guy he is and was, what a better world this would be.
  by: captainJane     05/22/2007 02:28 AM     
The Shah of Iran was thrown out of power in a coup. He fled into exile. He had cancer and sought treatment in the US. After several refusals for permission to enter, the US finally agreed that he could enter but only for as long as his treatment lasted. The Iranian gov't wanted the Shah back to face a trial. The US wasn't going to send an old friend to his most certain death. The hostages were taken as a way to pressure the US into shipping the Shah off to his death and returning the Shah's amassed wealth to the Iranian gov't. In retaliation, the great Carter seized all Iranian assets in the US. Then the Shah died. The US no longer had a vested interest in protecting the Shah and the demands changed. The demands now were for the release of all US held Iranian assets and the return of the Shah's money to Iran. Carter, being the great negotiator, refused. The hostages remained in Iran until President Reagan took office and accepted the swap with 2 executive orders. Thats the deal the Reagan accepted.
  by: tomblik     05/22/2007 02:46 AM     
  Carter's got big fat balls  
And Bush has none. End of story.
  by: Mister crank     05/22/2007 03:47 AM     
  Just a note for everyone  
Never ever challenge tomblk, just accept your wrong.
  by: Gogevandire   05/22/2007 09:15 AM     
carter is insane he needs medical attention send him to Cuba or Iran.
  by: dawg1   05/22/2007 01:38 PM     
  carter was a stooge  
he set things up in the middle east for regimes that we are fighting to take power. look at the work of the trilateral commission and other global organizations. niether bush nor carter can could or should be trusted.
  by: warchylde010176   05/22/2007 06:53 PM     
  hey tom  
have you ever wondered why reagan, when first nominated to run, refused G.H.W.bush as a running mate, implicitly stating how he couldn't trust a bonesman and dirty, then at the republican convention he came out with bush as his running mate? reagan was a patsy, he was threatened and proded, and in the end he was what he began as, an actor taking ques and being told what to say. unfortunately, so are 95% of the politicians at any one point in this country.
  by: warchylde010176   05/22/2007 07:02 PM     
As right as Tom usually is, Stephen's point is just as valid here.
  by: MomentOfClarity     05/22/2007 07:05 PM     
  what is this, elementary school?  
what boring politics... "he said I am the worst in history, wah wah"... "I'm irrelevant , boo hoo". what is this, elementary school?

Carter is remembered as an ineffective president. The last several decades show this. Bush's presidency will certainly be remembered in a different light, but history will figure that out -- key events are still unfolding, but at the present, things look bad for his legacy.

Carter was a very effective post-president, and his post-presidential efforts to make the world a better place should be applauded. But while he was president, Carter was largely innefective (as demonstrated by his failed reelection bid and popular opinion today).
  by: bobjones     05/23/2007 12:38 AM     
  I have to wonder... much thought this administration has put into irrelevancy, being that it will take the plunge into it in 2008. Think about it, who would dare cite Bush doctrine? Who would even have him speak post-presidency, besides maybe a few fundamentalist churches and Neocon think tanks? The best I can see in his peoples' future are some cushy jobs with the private sector folks they benefitted.
  by: MomentOfClarity     05/24/2007 06:58 PM     
Bush isn't planning to live in the US after his presidency. He (or his dad) bought a 98,840 acre ranch in Paraguay, next door to his pal the Rev. Moon's giant ranch. Both ranches are located at a strategic point in the narcotics and arms trades, and on top of one of the world's largest fresh-water aquifers. I don't think he'll care at all what happens in (or to) the US after he leaves office.
  by: awhompbamboom     05/25/2007 02:17 AM     
correct yet incomplete.
  by: jendres     05/25/2007 04:38 AM     
  Carter is absolutely right  
GW Bush is by far the worst president in US history. And his cabinet members are by far the worst bunch in US history as well.

But TRUTH is IRRELEVANT for this Bush administration, as demonstrated by all the lies and fabricated pretences for invading Iraq in blatant violation of international law.

Never has America's international standing been so low.

Oil price has skyrocketed. Super expensive arms (F-22 'Raptor' / missile defense systems etc) are being fielded.

Who have benefitted from the war? not the average Americans nor Iraqi civilians, but the oil and arms lobbies - businesses headed by buddies of GW Bush, Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, Paul Wolfowitz, ...

The worst? most grassroot republican morons still think the Iraq war is about fighting terrorists!!
  by: landers     05/28/2007 11:09 AM     
I liked his new rules last week:
  by: Kaleid   05/28/2007 11:27 AM     
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