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A Truly Wicked Blow: Jimmy Carter Hammers Obama for Ineptness
Commentary Magazine ^ | 10-31-2013 | Pete Wehner

Posted on 11/01/2013 9:07:24 PM PDT by smoothsailing

October 31, 2013

A Truly Wicked Blow: Jimmy Carter Hammers Obama for Ineptness

Pete Wehner

I’ve been quite critical of President Obama over the course of his presidency. Earlier this week, for example, I wrote a piece in which I accused Mr. Obama of mendacity. So I take a back seat to no one when it comes to leveling harsh judgments against the president. But even I, an Obama critic, believe there are some lines one should not cross, some things that should never be said, some blows that are too brutal even for American politics.

I had in mind what Jimmy Carter, who ranks with James Buchanan and a few others as among America’s worst and most inept presidents, said about Obama. When asked by Parade magazine how he would evaluate the Obama presidency so far, Carter said this:

He’s done the best he could under the circumstances. His major accomplishment was Obamacare, and the implementation of it now is questionable at best.

This is, as Guy Benson points out, a withering indictment from Mr. Malaise. And on first blush, I thought, an unfair one, at least given the source. Who is Jimmy Carter to indict anyone on grounds of incompetence. And yet the more I reflect on it, the more I think Mr. Carter may be on to something.

What exactly are the impressive achievements of President Obama? The revival of the American economy? Surging job growth? The success of the stimulus package and the number of “shovel ready jobs”? Moving us toward energy independence? Reducing the debt? Reducing poverty and the number of Americans on food stamps? His oversight of agencies like the IRS? The Fast and Furious program? Ending America’s political divisions and unifying his countrymen? Perhaps his skillful handling before, during, and after the terrorist assault on the American diplomatic outpost in Benghazi? His successes in Syria? Egypt? Iraq? Iran? Peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis? And don’t forget his signature domestic achievement, the Affordable Care Act, which may rank among the worst major government programs in modern American history, a failure in both conception and implementation.

So it may be that Jimmy Carter has a right to sit in judgment of Barack Obama. Which is among the worst things that could be said about America’s 44th president.


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1 posted on 11/01/2013 9:07:24 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Guess Carter is serving Shit Sandwiches with his own secret Malaise Sauce.


2 posted on 11/01/2013 9:09:41 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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3 posted on 11/01/2013 9:11:32 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

... and watch out for the bunny.

4 posted on 11/01/2013 9:12:23 PM PDT by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: smoothsailing

What makes Pres. James Buchanan one of the worst? What’s his to claim to fame to garner for that position?


5 posted on 11/01/2013 9:14:07 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: smoothsailing

Bammy is the first unConstitutional POTUS.


6 posted on 11/01/2013 9:15:11 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: smoothsailing

Chewed out for being incompetant by Jimmy Carter, wow...

NEXT: Denounced for silly clumsiness by GILLIGAN...?


7 posted on 11/01/2013 9:15:13 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: smoothsailing
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8 posted on 11/01/2013 9:16:17 PM PDT by ToastedHead
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To: smoothsailing

Your life is pretty much *bleeped* if Jimmy Carter, of all people, says you suck.


9 posted on 11/01/2013 9:16:28 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: smoothsailing

The Pot calling the kettle bl...... ?


10 posted on 11/01/2013 9:16:31 PM PDT by llevrok (Obama 2008 : "If you vote for me, you can keep your country")
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To: gaijin

https://youtube.googleapis.com/v/eEOgOmNmH-E


11 posted on 11/01/2013 9:18:16 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
When even Jimmah Carter is looking down at you, well that's the bottom.
12 posted on 11/01/2013 9:18:52 PM PDT by oldbrowser (The debt limit is the emergency brake on government spending)
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To: smoothsailing

Pot calling Kettle....Come in, Kettle.....


13 posted on 11/01/2013 9:19:15 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (I don't always talk to Obama voters, but when I do I ask for Large Fries.)
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To: smoothsailing

I just read the headline and can’t stop laughing!


14 posted on 11/01/2013 9:19:40 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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15 posted on 11/01/2013 9:21:03 PM PDT by Bratch
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16 posted on 11/01/2013 9:21:05 PM PDT by South40 (Liberalism is a Disease)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Check this out...

https://youtube.googleapis.com/v/eEOgOmNmH-E


17 posted on 11/01/2013 9:21:16 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Bratch

Beat me by 2-secs!


18 posted on 11/01/2013 9:22:02 PM PDT by South40 (Liberalism is a Disease)
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To: smoothsailing

At least Obama has never been attacked by a rabbit.


19 posted on 11/01/2013 9:23:04 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: llevrok
He don't even gotta say it.
20 posted on 11/01/2013 9:28:57 PM PDT by ToastedHead
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To: smoothsailing
One of his worst non acheivments, the Obama proposed an Asian trade bloc that would not include China, and the Asians turned around and formed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, which includes China, but not the US.

Also, he personally lobbied for the Chicago Olympics, and failed.

21 posted on 11/01/2013 9:29:43 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: smoothsailing

He’s done the best he could under the circumstances.???

And what were those jimmy? He spent trillions of dollars?
He had control of both houses of congress?
Or was it that he had opposition from wraskelly conservative?

The old man still sickens me, will he never leave us?


22 posted on 11/01/2013 9:30:24 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Well, obviously *he’s* motivated by “ethnic purity”. Thanks smoothsailing.

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23 posted on 11/01/2013 9:30:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: smoothsailing
The cannibals are eating each other!

Bwaaaahahahaaaaaaa!

24 posted on 11/01/2013 9:31:25 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: smoothsailing

I’m sure Carter is hoping the failure of obamacare will actually remove the title of “worst president”.


25 posted on 11/01/2013 9:32:53 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: tet68
The old man still sickens me, will he never leave us?

Soon, soon, very soon.

One does not diss The Won with impunity.

26 posted on 11/01/2013 9:37:13 PM PDT by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: oldbrowser

Precisely my thought.

If Jimmuh is slinging dirt about a DEM POTUS’s performance, then it’s hell frozen over.

Crazy times.


27 posted on 11/01/2013 9:40:07 PM PDT by dadgum (Overjoyed to be the Pariah.)
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To: smoothsailing
A Truly Wicked Blow: Jimmy Carter Hammers Obama for Ineptness

My first thought was "Oh, crap", but then I got to thinking, if an incompetent guy thinks you're incompetent, is that maybe a good sign?

28 posted on 11/01/2013 9:42:43 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: smoothsailing

Even a blind pig finds an acorn once in a while!!! Mr. Pot meet Mr. Kettle! It’s a battle for the bottom of the political barrel.


29 posted on 11/01/2013 9:43:57 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: smoothsailing

A few years ago I worked with a woman I considered to be pretty smart. Then she told me she thought Carter was the best president EVER. I immediately lost all respect for her and never asked for her advice or help again. What a moroon!


30 posted on 11/01/2013 9:46:05 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (I don't always talk to Obama voters, but when I do I ask for Large Fries.)
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To: MediaMole
At least Obama has never been attacked by a rabbit.

But I bet he has had lust in his heart (one word: Reggie).

31 posted on 11/01/2013 9:47:14 PM PDT by llevrok (Obama 2008 : "If you vote for me, you can keep your country")
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To: null and void

“Soon, soon, very soon.”

I am ambivalent about Carter’s passing. I mean just think of Obama giving him a “state funeral!” It would be like two turds circling the bowl one above the other! Actually, I’m thinking that Fineswine, Pelousey or Reid would do the country a whole lot more good! Better still, all three!


32 posted on 11/01/2013 9:48:19 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: smoothsailing

33 posted on 11/01/2013 9:53:38 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin 2016)
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To: smoothsailing

>>>So it may be that Jimmy Carter has a right to sit in judgment of Barack Obama. Which is among the worst things that could be said about America’s 44th president.>>>

Love it!


34 posted on 11/01/2013 9:54:55 PM PDT by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY.)
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To: smoothsailing

Obama tried to give away the Panama Canal, but someone had already given it away.


35 posted on 11/01/2013 9:55:05 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (If you liked the website, you'll LOVE the healthcare!)
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To: smoothsailing
A Truly Wicked Blow


36 posted on 11/01/2013 10:01:21 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: smoothsailing

Wow. That’s like Richard Simmons calling someone effeminate.


37 posted on 11/01/2013 10:25:00 PM PDT by Washi
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To: smoothsailing

Pot-kettle....bwahahahahaha.


38 posted on 11/01/2013 10:25:30 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (A pox on the House of Apple and the ios7 horse they rode in on.)
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To: null and void

hilarious!!!


39 posted on 11/01/2013 10:31:26 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: smoothsailing
What exactly are the impressive achievements of President Obama? The revival of the American economy? Surging job growth? The success of the stimulus package and the number of “shovel ready jobs”? Moving us toward energy independence? Reducing the debt? Reducing poverty and the number of Americans on food stamps? His oversight of agencies like the IRS? The Fast and Furious program? Ending America’s political divisions and unifying his countrymen? Perhaps his skillful handling before, during, and after the terrorist assault on the American diplomatic outpost in Benghazi? His successes in Syria? Egypt? Iraq? Iran? Peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis? And don’t forget his signature domestic achievement, the Affordable Care Act...

On the economic front, let's not forget the GM fiasco, the Fisker boondoggle, Solyndra and the Chevy Volt - only a few of the places where hundreds of Billions of taxpayer dollars went missing.

International Diplomacy? Don't forget those marvelous speeches Obama gifted to our friends the British. Luckily they were formatted for US players only, or they would have had to listen to them.

Of course, diplomacy begins at home. Obama needs to work on that, too. It's unwise for any official, let alone the POTUS, to say police officers "acted stupidly" or "If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon" in order to influence a verdict. Not very diplomatic.

I could go on but this is too long already (did I mention the Chicago Olympics?). Suffice it to say that it takes a truly remarkable man to make Carter look competent and Clinton seem honest.

40 posted on 11/01/2013 11:09:17 PM PDT by ZOOKER (Until further notice the /s is implied...)
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41 posted on 11/01/2013 11:13:35 PM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: smoothsailing

Being called incompetent by Jimmy Carter is like being called a pervert by Jerry Sandusky.


42 posted on 11/01/2013 11:59:42 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: smoothsailing

Yes, Barack! You make Jimmy Carter look wonderful.


43 posted on 11/02/2013 12:01:48 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Well, it would take quite a pervert to earn that sort of criticism.


44 posted on 11/02/2013 12:02:46 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: smoothsailing
"His major accomplishment was Obamacare, and the implementation of it now is questionable at best."

Jimmy carter in a rare lucid moment.
45 posted on 11/02/2013 12:02:54 AM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Which brings us back to 0bama...


46 posted on 11/02/2013 12:05:22 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: vette6387
I am ambivalent about Carter’s passing. I mean just think of Obama giving him a “state funeral!”

They could bring in the MST3K guys to provide the commentary.

47 posted on 11/02/2013 12:07:58 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: tet68
He’s done the best he could under the circumstances.???

Well, sure.
If only Ubama could have gotten off to a good start, say, with a Democrat-controlled House and a filibuster-proof Senate, why then he could have...

Wait. What?

48 posted on 11/02/2013 12:10:13 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Slings and Arrows

For Jimmy Carter to call a Democrat scheme “questionable at best” is huge. The man who never saw a Democrat scheme he didn’t like, finally not liking one.


49 posted on 11/02/2013 12:11:04 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I know. Doesn’t mean I can’t have some fun with it.


50 posted on 11/02/2013 12:16:40 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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