In one of the MOST amazing developments in an amazing political season, Jimmy Carter's latest stab at rehabilitation is certainly up there in terms of chutzpa, if nothing else.
Asked by NBC's Brian Williams to explain the photo of Carter with the other living Presidents, this is how the weird back-patting developed:
BRIAN WILLIAMS: The last photo of you with your-- fellow former presidents, you were well off to the side on the right. And I thought to myself, well, there's-- there's a possible metaphor. What is it-- about you, you think, the way you've-- decided to conduct your life and post-presidency? Do you feel listened to? Do you feel-- that you receive your due? Or do you feel, in fact, apart from the crowd?
MR. CARTER: "I feel that . 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 vacuums in the world. When -- when the United States won't deal with troubled areas, we go there and we meet with leaders who can bring an end to a conflict, or an end to a 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." [My emphasis]When I think of Carter and his international "work", I think of his flabbergasting support for dictators and election abuse, for his incomprehensible anti-semitism and friendliness with terrorists, and for his FAILURES to support human rights fighters and unflagging acceptance of human rights abuse.
Carter CHOSE to lay a wreath on the grave of Yassir Arafat, warmly embracing the Hamas leadership on the same trip.
There is simply no tie to reality in Carter's "CarterCare" claim made on seeBS. It is simply bizarre.
"The fact is that we would have had comprehensive health care now had it not been for Ted Kennedy's deliberately blocking the legislation that I proposed."
"It was his fault. Ted Kennedy killed the bill."
All this truly begs credulity! It rivals Barack Hussain Obama's Recovery Summer as a living, breathing dirty joke.