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Carter in Oscarland: The Rehabilitation of the 39th President (Mega-hurl)
The Daily Beast ^ | Feb. 24, 2013 | Douglas Brinkley

Posted on 02/24/2013 12:58:25 PM PST by Rennes Templar

Only a few weeks ago, Lincoln was assumed to be the surefire winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture. Not since Gregory Peck in 1962’s To Kill a Mockingbird has an actor performed with the unforgettable gravitas of Daniel Day-Lewis playing Abraham Lincoln in the months before his assassination. But a funny thing happened when the horses turned the bend at the Golden Globe Awards.

Argo, based on a CIA-led rescue mission in 1980 that smuggled six American diplomats out of Tehran at the tail end of Carter’s presidency, suddenly has all the Oscar momentum. And, in a serendipitous way, Hollywood is according some newfound respect to the Man from Plains. It is a happy coincidence that Argo came out within months of Carter’s grandson, James Carter IV, releasing Mitt Romney’s idiotic (and now infamous) 47 percent speech in Boca Raton. This political leak, combined with the release of the film, has turned the ex-president into a new cult favorite among many Democrats who had previously been disenchanted with him over some of his recent views on Middle Eastern affairs.

While it is true that there is no such thing as a Carter Democrat, historians are starting to see our 39th president as a flawed, yet visionary leader. Everyone knows he should have won a Nobel Peace Prize back in 1979 for negotiating the historic Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty. And he has received a lifetime of kudos for injecting human rights into our diplomatic parlance. His post-presidential work with the Carter Center fighting guinea-worm disease, river blindness, and other plagues has likewise turned him into a global humanitarian folk hero. But a number of other aspects of Carter’s White House tenure are starting to likewise be favorably remembered.

In both his Second Inaugural Address and his 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama evoked climate change as the ultimate challenge of the 21st century. But it was Carter who first crusaded for the U.S. to wean itself off of its dependence on oil. As president, he signed into law the National Energy Act and the Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act (both of which championed conservation and domestic energy supply development). Long before it was trendy, Carter preached the gospel of alternative energy. He even created the U.S. Department of Energy, in part to inspire new wind-solar-fuel-cell alternatives to oil and coal. Stones were thrown his way in response. One of the first things Ronald Reagan did upon assuming the presidency in 1981 was to tear down the solar panels that Carter had installed on the White House’s roof. Carter – Mr. Clean Energy – had become the butt of innumerable jokes. But, in hindsight, he was right to worry fiercely about our dangerous addiction to fossil fuels.

What’s also making Carter’s rehabilitation interesting is the “I didn’t know that” factor. Carter, for example, almost doubled the size of the National Park Service as president. Only Theodore Roosevelt and FDR were his equal in the conservation realm. The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980 alone created or expanded 15 National Park Service sites, and 79.5 million protected acres. If it weren’t for Carter, wild Alaska today would be despoiled beyond recognition.

Carter also deserves credit for establishing Channel Islands National Park in Southern California, the favorite marine paradise of many in the movie industry, and for protecting the Dakota Badlands from ruin. Additionally, his Superfund law has led to the cleanup of dozens of toxic waste sites throughout the country. In my estimation, the greatest environmental speech ever delivered to Congress was Carter’s stunningly prescient May 23, 1977 message.

And Carter was the avatar of mass-transit. The railroad industry was collapsing from regulatory roadblocks, price controls and trucking lobby influence on Capital Hill when he became president. Carter's deregulation saved America's trains from bankruptcy. Perhaps, even more importantly, Carter deregulated the telecommunications world, spearheading the cable TV, cell phone and Internet revolutions.

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Douglas Brinkley is Professor of History at Rice University and CBS News Historian.


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"If it weren’t for Carter, wild Alaska today would be despoiled beyond recognition."

Scary to realize academicians think this way, but they do - almost all of them.

1 posted on 02/24/2013 12:58:35 PM PST by Rennes Templar
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To: Rennes Templar

Pure, unadulterated tripe. Carter was a complete fraud and a world-class incompetent idiot.


2 posted on 02/24/2013 1:15:38 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Rennes Templar
Lots of wishful thinking in that article. Nobody likes the sanctimonious Carter, not even other Democrats.

Illustrating once again that the cheese stands alone. For a reason.

3 posted on 02/24/2013 1:22:50 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Rennes Templar
Douglas Brinkley is a “pop” historian. He is to History what “Dr.Phil” McGraw is to Psychotherapy. Both are willing to twist truth and ethics to enhance their celebrity status and bank accounts.
4 posted on 02/24/2013 1:35:35 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Rennes Templar

turns out there is a reason for ARGO being “’based on’ a true story”!.....Brinkley obviously didn’t do the research


5 posted on 02/24/2013 1:43:09 PM PST by stylin19a
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To: Rennes Templar
Not since Gregory Peck in 1962’s To Kill a Mockingbird has an actor performed with the unforgettable gravitas of Daniel Day-Lewis playing Abraham Lincoln in the months before his assassination.

"Unforgettable Gravitas" = forgettable stiffness

His post-presidential work with the Carter Center fighting guinea-worm disease, river blindness, and other plagues has likewise turned him into a global humanitarian folk hero.

"Global humanitarian folk hero" = someone much less well-known abroad than at home but more welcome overseas than in his own country

Carter – Mr. Clean Energy – had become the butt of innumerable jokes.

"Mr. Clean Energy" = Mr. Scared of Killer Rabbit or Mr. Obsessively Scrutinized White House Tennis Court Sign-Up Sheets

Carter also deserves credit for establishing Channel Islands National Park in Southern California, the favorite marine paradise of many in the movie industry, and for protecting the Dakota Badlands from ruin.

"Deserves credit" = signed bills upgrading already federally protected National Monuments to National Parks which increased tourist traffic to threatened ecosystems

In my estimation, the greatest environmental speech ever delivered to Congress was Carter’s stunningly prescient May 23, 1977 message.

"Stunningly prescient" = mindnumbingly mixing banal rhetoric with billion dollar spending proposals

And Carter was the avatar of mass-transit.

"Avatar" = manifestation of a deity in bodily form on earth.

Huh?

6 posted on 02/24/2013 1:43:30 PM PST by x
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To: Rennes Templar
When I saw Argo it was quite obvious to me it was a vehicle intended to resurrect Carter's reputation.

As far as the storytelling...it was OK. But really more like TV movie quality than A-list Hollywood.

And Affleck certainly doesn't deserve a best actor award. There was no range for acting...more a tepid role really which just about anyone could have done.

7 posted on 02/24/2013 1:46:03 PM PST by what's up
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To: CaptainK

8 posted on 02/24/2013 1:49:47 PM PST by Roscoe Karns
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To: what's up

In the postscript of the movie carter seemed to be taking credit for not taking credit for something he didn’t do.


9 posted on 02/24/2013 2:01:23 PM PST by Anima Mundi (Envy is just passive, lazy greed.)
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To: what's up

Interesting.

I found it so favorable to Carter that it was nauseating, but I remember the situation and what we thought. My take on it was that Affleck found a good story and his religious ties to the religion shared by libs and Hollywood, whatever they call it, prevented him form being honest about the politics and the story’s power came through despite this.

I thought the movie was humble, but not poorly done. And I thought Affleck’s character was so well done I couldn’t recognize Affleck, the character is a very strong but anti flamboyant.

Lincoln’s Daniel Day Lewis gets it, so it’s a moot point, but I saw Argo a bunch of times and hated Lincoln.

I’m biased, but I see your point.


10 posted on 02/24/2013 2:10:34 PM PST by stanne
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To: Anima Mundi
Yeah, and the premise of the movie was odd.

I thought it was strange they didn't much mention the bigger hostage crisis; it was almost like they were trying to confuse the two events and convince the ignorant that the Canadian event was the main event...my suspicion is they wanted to steal Reagan's thunder and give it to Carter.

11 posted on 02/24/2013 2:13:55 PM PST by what's up
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To: what's up

Astute observation.


12 posted on 02/24/2013 2:17:43 PM PST by Anima Mundi (Envy is just passive, lazy greed.)
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To: stanne
My take on it was that Affleck found a good story and his religious ties to the religion shared by libs and Hollywood, whatever they call it, prevented him form being honest about the politics

My suspicion is that Affleck wasn't as innocent as all that. His collaboration with Clooney heightens my suspicion. Both are far, far left and like to use their craft to steering the movie-going public as far left as possible.

13 posted on 02/24/2013 2:18:37 PM PST by what's up
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To: stanne
My take on it was that Affleck found a good story and his religious ties to the religion shared by libs and Hollywood, whatever they call it, prevented him form being honest about the politics

My suspicion is that Affleck wasn't as innocent as all that. His collaboration with Clooney heightens my suspicion. Both are far, far left and like to use their craft to steering the movie-going public as far left as possible.

14 posted on 02/24/2013 2:18:43 PM PST by what's up
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To: stanne
My take on it was that Affleck found a good story and his religious ties to the religion shared by libs and Hollywood, whatever they call it, prevented him form being honest about the politics

My suspicion is that Affleck wasn't as innocent as all that. His collaboration with Clooney heightens my suspicion. Both are far, far left and like to use their craft to steering the movie-going public as far left as possible.

15 posted on 02/24/2013 2:18:48 PM PST by what's up
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To: Anima Mundi

It was a try, but, as usual, to the honest, it was still Jimmah, being carried along by his silly lib suppoerters. I just imagine Affleck so surprised at the success of this wonderful film and it’s strong story line after unsucessfully trying to make Jimmah look good. He should’ve talked to us who really lived through it.

Anyway, we’ve learned to overlook all of it. We dusted off our Jimmeah adoration deflectors and sat through it anyway. We know he was inept and so hated by the Iranians they let the prisoners go the day after, not his electoral defeat, but after he was out of office, after the inaugural.

The story is still very well done, sorry Ben.


16 posted on 02/24/2013 2:19:20 PM PST by stanne
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To: stanne

Sorry...didn’t mean to be repetitive.


17 posted on 02/24/2013 2:19:52 PM PST by what's up
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To: Rennes Templar

If Hussein is your standard for greatness in a President (we are talking Hollywood and academia, after all), then Carter is already rehabilitated.


18 posted on 02/24/2013 2:21:13 PM PST by Stosh
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To: Rennes Templar

There is simply no way to ‘rehabilitate’ Carter in the left’s view (he caused us to have 8 years of (Reagan))? Yes!!!!

On our side, he was just incompetent, and we then looked into his sad past and realized what an empty cheap suit he had worn all his life. Hie Nuclear engineering degree he was supposed to have had was tossed around with so many reasons why it wasn’t granted, he should have hired Antonio Rossi to get a PhD from Billy Bobs graduate student class available in LANR or LENR and they give you extra points to debunk the science behind it.

It’s Fake, it’s dead, it’s pining for the fjords, it has ceased to be.

Look for Dennis Lee to have more than this guy has had,


19 posted on 02/24/2013 2:21:23 PM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: what's up

It was like “Band of Brothers” all the goodnes of the characters came though. THeir religious worship, family loyalty and grace under pressure and patriotism came through. I think this was an unintended consequence of good storytelling. WE’ll see what he does with his next movie. He should try again, but he;ll make something liberal anti patriotic and hideous if he does what his predecessors have done.


20 posted on 02/24/2013 2:36:46 PM PST by stanne
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To: what's up
And Affleck certainly doesn't deserve a best actor award. There was no range for acting...more a tepid role really which just about anyone could have done.

Ben Affleck is not up for the acting award... i think he should have been nominated for best director--but was not nominated... i don't care if Lincoln or Argo wins best picture... (i do want Lincoln to win, but if Argo wins, i'm okay with that)... however, Daniel Day Lewis had BETTER win the best actor award... he deserves it... while i liked Bradley Cooper's performance in Silver Linings Playbook, i don't think his role was as complicated as the Lincoln role... i would be sad if Day Lewis does not win... love that guy...

21 posted on 02/24/2013 2:38:02 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: latina4dubya
Daniel Day Lewis had BETTER win the best actor award... he deserves it...

You know and I know who is going to win it, and why.

22 posted on 02/24/2013 2:39:07 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: stanne
Affleck is very political. He has dangled rumors out there of running as Democrat in MA several times and is best friends with wacko Matt Damon.

I just didn't think Argo was that great a movie. For me it was like watching a TV movie...somewhat entertaining but forgettable. And, like I said, his agenda was clear.

23 posted on 02/24/2013 2:40:55 PM PST by what's up
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To: Rennes Templar

So, I see that Douglas Brinkley is just another revisionist.

I’ll never pay any attention to anything he says or writes in the future.

I cast him into the dustbin of American historians, alongside Doris Kearns Goodwin.


24 posted on 02/24/2013 2:42:57 PM PST by miserare
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To: what's up

I don’t see how it helps Carter’s reputation. In the movie he’s ineffectual and almost kills the mission that works so they can get them in the big rescue mission (which we all know failed).


25 posted on 02/24/2013 2:43:06 PM PST by discostu (Not just another moon faced assassin of joy.)
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To: what's up

That was my reaction.

It must get to him that conservatives can ignore propaganda and enjoy a good story through it while the libs in Hwood probably hate this film.

They cannot destroy our memory of history. Carter was inept.

Any smart director or producer will grab this and get moving on a film about the 444 days with as much sincerity as was done with this story but they’re not smart, not about this wonderful country of theirs.


26 posted on 02/24/2013 2:46:21 PM PST by stanne
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27 posted on 02/24/2013 2:48:08 PM PST by jimsin
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To: discostu
Carter OK'ed the mission and met them in the White House after so they played that up. Of course the Canadians were the real risk-takers. Someone yesterday told me the CIA officer was actually only there for a day and half.

Of course to diffuse Reagan's reputation for succeeding in the bolder rescue was the real agenda IMO.

28 posted on 02/24/2013 2:48:33 PM PST by what's up
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You know and I know who is going to win it, and why.

do tell! you're scaring me!

29 posted on 02/24/2013 2:48:52 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: dfwgator

btw—my second fave to win is Hugh Jackman... i wish he and Day Lewis could both win... :)


30 posted on 02/24/2013 2:51:30 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: what's up

IT’s portrayed as his only having been there a day and a half.

The Canadians were great.

So were the embassy staff, probably true.


31 posted on 02/24/2013 2:51:47 PM PST by stanne
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To: stanne
Any smart director or producer will grab this and get moving on a film about the 444 days with as much sincerity as was done with this story but they’re not smart

Few of them will want to help bolster Reagan's reputation but I agree it would be nice to see.

32 posted on 02/24/2013 2:53:56 PM PST by what's up
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To: Rennes Templar

Imagine a University such as Rice University supposedly known for academic excellence would have a professor such as this teaching our children. Carter should have never been President. He was also being controlled by the Middle East.


33 posted on 02/24/2013 2:54:36 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: stanne

Carter was such a damn disgrace that we had Ross Perot and Bull Simons rescue the EDS workers of Perot. “Bull” Simons led the Son Tay Raid as a full colonel in late 1970. Carter was/is a damn joke. Carter served in the navy, but; he never saw any action. Carter disgraced this nation for months.


34 posted on 02/24/2013 3:09:04 PM PST by Lumper20 (`)
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To: what's up

In real life he OKed it. In the movie he OKed it then rescinded at the last minute and then got “overridden” by Tony and others at the CIA. Not very good for his reputation.

The “bolder rescue” failed. Reagan got a negotiated release. I think the real agenda was to put a good story on the screen. I’ve seen the movie twice, once just last night, and there’s none of your”agenda” in it, it’s not just in your opinion, it’s from your head. Carter looks like an idiot in the movie for putting the state department in charge of the rescue in the first place then canceling the mission in the second.


35 posted on 02/24/2013 3:09:50 PM PST by discostu (Not just another moon faced assassin of joy.)
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To: discostu

A lot a liberals hate Carter too. Remember that “The Swimmer” hated his guts.


36 posted on 02/24/2013 3:13:41 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Lx

“Carter in the left’s view (he caused us to have 8 years of (Reagan))? Yes!!!!”

Begs the next question, Obama will have caused us to have 8 years of______?


37 posted on 02/24/2013 3:18:12 PM PST by Rennes Templar (Business owners work harder! You have to support millions.)
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To: Rennes Templar
“Carter in the left’s view (he caused us to have 8 years of (Reagan))? Yes!!!!”

And Bush gave us 8 years of Obama.

38 posted on 02/24/2013 3:20:38 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Roscoe Karns

Haha! Good one!


39 posted on 02/24/2013 3:22:41 PM PST by miserare
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To: discostu
I think the real agenda was to put a good story on the screen

Clooney rarely makes stuff without an agenda...especially involving the CIA, politics, Middle East etc.

He's one of the furthest left in Hollywood but go ahead and believe otherwise if you like.

41 posted on 02/24/2013 3:30:16 PM PST by what's up
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Carter was such a damn disgrace that we had Ross Perot and Bull Simons rescue the EDS workers of Perot

Forgot about that one.

Helps confirm my suspicion that Argo was made to revise history and try to create a "success" for Carter; in reality the Democratic party and Carter are responsible for the mess we have over there today.

42 posted on 02/24/2013 3:34:02 PM PST by what's up
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To: Stosh

“..historians are starting to see our 39th president as a flawed, yet visionary leader.”

Proves your point.


44 posted on 02/24/2013 3:43:48 PM PST by Rennes Templar (Business owners work harder! You have to support millions.)
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To: dfwgator

Because he lost to him, and then he was a terrible president. There’s a lot of reason to hate Carter from both sides, he was a serious loser, still is.


45 posted on 02/24/2013 3:45:55 PM PST by discostu (Not just another moon faced assassin of joy.)
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Well this time he did. There’s no agenda. If there’s an agenda it’s anti-Carter since it clearly makes him out to be am impediment to the mission. He does not look good in the movie.

Doesn’t matter what his politics are, we’re discussing THE MOVIE. and THE MOVIE does not help Carter. That’s not belief, that’s bothering to actually pay attention. Go ahead list the scenes show Carter positively. I’ve given you two that show him negatively, list the ones that show him positively. You keep insisting there’s an agenda, show the evidence, where are the scenes?


46 posted on 02/24/2013 3:49:54 PM PST by discostu (Not just another moon faced assassin of joy.)
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“And Bush gave us 8 years of Obama.”

Nah, it was McCain.


47 posted on 02/24/2013 4:04:30 PM PST by Rennes Templar (Business owners work harder! You have to support millions.)
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To: Rennes Templar
The military KNOWS that studying the failures is often more productive than studying the successes. Hollywierd has been enamored with the leftists long before the infamous "Mission to Moscow" made Stalin look like everybody's favorite uncle with a pipe. There is not a leftist alive or dead they cannot glorify, witness "The Motorcycle Diaries" of the mass murderer 'Che' Guevara.

I don't think I will hold my breath for any movie that features Carter's 'Desert One' fiasco which was so reminiscent of LBJ's micromanaging of the Vietnam War. Every study I have ever seen of that effort showed it to be full of 'critical failure points' although I have to say that that RATO equipped C-130 was a magnificent though ultimately unsuccessful effort!

48 posted on 02/24/2013 4:10:55 PM PST by SES1066 (Government is NOT the reason for my existence but it is the road to our ruin!)
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To: Rennes Templar

Argo is such BS. the Alan Arkin character is made up, as is most of the story


49 posted on 02/24/2013 4:43:25 PM PST by hecht (america 9/11, Israel 24/7)
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To: dfwgator
At the end of the DNC in 1980 when everyone was on the podium, Carter was desperately trying to get Teddy to shake his hand for the visual image of party unity, but Kennedy kept managing to evade him.

John Anderson had 5.7 million votes in 1980. Those were probably mostly cast by Democrats who couldn't stand Carter, along with some liberal Republicans.

I had the bad luck once to be at a banquet where Douglas Brinkley was the after-dinner speaker. He was then planning to write something about Carter so his talk was mostly about that and gushing about the occasion or occasions when he got to have some one-on-one interaction with Carter. I was sorely tempted to get up and walk out.

50 posted on 02/24/2013 5:09:55 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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