Saturday, January 13, 2007

Jimmy Carter from bad to worse.

Click here: Carter Center Advisers Quit to Protest Book - New York Times

Jimmy Carter, an ex-President of the U.S., was not a very good President. He holds a novel distinction among bad ex=Presidnets Presidents: He has been worse as an ex-President.

In 1984, ex-Pres Carter was a keynote speaker at the Young Presidents Association plenary meeting in Melbourne, Australia. There were two others, and a fourth, me.

The over-whelming majority of the YPO members were Americans.

In his remarks ex-President Carter ("former-President" is the title used for Presidents who were not beaten) said: "The Soviet Union has has never lied to us."

There was a stunned silence.

Then patriotic Americans boo-ed their ex-President on foreign soil.

I never thought I'd see it or hear it.

(Pic: Carter of the goofy grin.)

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

When brother Billy "borrowed" money from Khadaffi, Mr. Carter explained that he was not his brother's keeper.
But, then, he validated Khadaffi's "investment" by sending Billy to invite the Libyan Ambassador for a meeting at the White House rather than going through the normal State Department routine.
Am I the only one to remember that incident?
A. R.

January 14, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You claim that there's a difference between "former president" and "ex-president" -- that the latter is used for those presidents who have been "beaten," but I'm doubtful.

I don't ever hear President H.W. Bush referred to as an "Ex-President," nor do I hear Gerald Ford referred to as such. The difference between "former" and "ex" seems academic at best, and pedantic, at worst.

February 02, 2007  

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