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Jimmy (“I was President once, you know!”) Carter is taking the weasel route in addressing flak arising from his recent comments about the Bush administration.
What he said then:
“I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history.”
And what he’s saying now:
When pressed by NBC’s Meredith Vieira as to whether he was saying his remarks were careless or reckless, the former president said, “I think they were, yes, because they were interpreted as comparing this whole administration to all other administrations.”
So everyone misinterpreted his remarks? Carter was a failure as a president in large part due to his cowardice. Here, he demonstrates his weakness again by backing off what was a very unambiguous statement.
One other thing about the MSNBC article linked above caught my attention. Describing the White House response to Carter’s criticism, (White House spokesman Tony Fratto called him “increasingly irrelevant”), the article had this to say:
Carter has been an outspoken critic of Bush, but the White House has largely refrained from attacking him in return. Sunday’s sharp response marks a departure from the deference that sitting presidents traditionally have shown their predecessors.
Actually, the tradition is for former presidents to show deference to their successors.