President Jimmy Carter gets curt, terse, and flat about new book

Published by: Irv on 22nd Sep 2010 | View all blogs by Irv

President Jimmy Carter has recently met with NBC Nightly News and given Brian Williams an interview in which the former president defended his administration and nods to his post-presidency as “probably superior to that of other presidents.”

President Carter has written a new book, “White House Diary”, a collection of journal entries he made during his presidency which the president hopes will bring a new opinion about his effectiveness.

"I feel that my role as a former president is probably superior to that of other presidents'," Carter said. "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."
Also Carter's recent media blitz included an interview on “60 Minutes” in which he tells Leslie Stahl that he tried to reform the health care system in 1978 but was blocked by the late Senator Ted Kennedy who would champion the topic for most of his political career.

"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 in 1978 or '79," Carter said. "It was his fault. Ted Kennedy killed the bill."

President Carter was also on “The Daily Show” and told Jon Stewart curtly, “No” he was not convinced the direction the country was headed was hopeful, and derailed Fox News.

"Things have gone downhill, I think, in the last few years with the polarization of our country," Carter said. "With the evolution of a new kind of politics, with the birth of Fox News, which now distorts everything rather than telling the truth."

Of course Stewart asked Carter about recent Tea-Party-hopeful senate candidate Christine O'Donnell's statements. But you can watch the video to see his response.


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