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September 20, 2010

Jimmy Carter: You Know, As Far As Ex-Presidents Go, I'm Pretty Damn Awesome

Yeah, those fraudulent elections around the world aren't going to certify themselves. And if Jimmy Carter doesn't do it, who will hug dictators around the world?

BRIAN WILLIAMS: ...Do you feel-- that you receive your due? Or do you feel, in fact, apart from the crowd? JIMMY CARTER: No. I-- I feel that my role as a former president is probably superior to that of other presidents. Primarily because of the activism and the-- and the injection of working at the Carter Center and in international affairs, and to some degree, domestic affairs, on energy conservation, on-- on environment, and things of that kind. We're right in the midst of the-- of the constant daily debate.

And-- and-- and the Carter Center has decided, under my leadership, to fill the vacuums in the world. When-- when the United States won't deal with troubled areas, we go there and we meet their leaders who can bring an end to a conflict, or an end to human rights abuse, and so forth. So I-- I feel that have an advantage over many other former presidents in being involved in daily affairs that have shaped the policies of our nation and the world.

BRIAN WILLIAMS: And do you think you're treated differently because of that?

JIMMY CARTER: Yeah, sometimes. And I can understand that. For instance, we-- I just got back from a trip to North Korea. We haven't had a-- a day of peace talks with North Korea since 2009. And this is one of the-- needs in the global affairs, is to bring about denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, and also to have a permanent peace agreement between the United-- among the United States and-- South Korea and North Korea.

We go there. I go to Pyongyang. I meet with their leaders. I talk to them. I bring back their messages to the State Department and to the White House. And-- and I think we fill, you know, a legitimate need. But I can see how it makes sometimes the incumbent president uncomfortable to have me doing things of this kind, when political niceties don't let-- him or his administration do them.

Yeah, Jimmy just loves North Korea. He even helped them with their nuclear weapons program back in the 90's.

Jimmy also told CBS that he has high hopes for Obama.

I can't control what people say about comparing me with Obama. But I hope that Obama will have as successful a term as I had in dealing with our nation's domestic and international affairs. And if he does, I'll be very proud of him, as I happen to be proud of myself, having had a successful administration when I was in office,"

If you want a rundown on all the many ways Carter is simply awful, here you go. Be warned though, that's an old piece (2002) so there's nearly a decade of awfulness left out.


*BTW-This post was up this afternoon but in a truncated form. I've been having computer problems today, so I pulled it down until I could fix. Sorry for that.


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