Monday, May 21, 2007

Worst President Ever, agrees Jimmy Carter

The Guardian's Ed Pilkington writes:

Former US president Jimmy Carter unleashed a torrent of criticism against George Bush and Tony Blair over the weekend, in which he accused the Bush presidency of being the "worst in history" and said Mr Blair's support had been abominable and subservient....

In a newspaper interview, Mr Carter said of the Bush years: "I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history." And speaking on BBC Radio 4, Mr Carter criticised Mr Blair, who leaves office next month, for his close relations with Mr Bush, particularly concerning the Iraq war....

Even for a former politician with a reputation for plain talking, Mr Carter's blazing criticism took observers by surprise and had the Republican leadership responding in equally harsh measure. The White House spokesman yesterday called Mr Carter "increasingly irrelevant", adding that his "reckless personal criticism is out there". |Guardian|(emphasis added)
Carter and Bush make an interesting study in contrasts. Both had their presidencies ruined by developments in the Middle East, for Carter it was the Arab Oil Embargo and for Bush it was his elective war in Iraq.

Carter failed to be an effective, I contend, because he was too idealistic and had trouble reaching compromises with other parties.

Bush, on the other hand, has no respect for human life and seeming total indifference towards the Constitution, the balance of powers, or international law.

UPDATE: Carter is now backpedaling a bit.

Well, I am sticking to the proposition that Bush is the worst President ever.

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