The Exception To The Rule

The men who have served as President of the United States worked hard to establish a legacy for themselves during their time in office. Whether they are remembered as one of our best presidents or one of the worst, I bet you can recall more information about their accomplishments and failures while they were serving in the Oval Office than anything they did after they left it.

We all remember what Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton did while they were in office, but can you recall what Lyndon B. Johnson did after leaving the White House? What about Herbert Hoover, Gerald Ford, or George H. W. Bush? The truth is, very few former presidents are remembered for their works after leaving the presidency.

The exception to that rule is Jimmy Carter.

It’s no secret that Jimmy Carter is not your average former U.S. President, that point should be obvious because he wasn’t your average U.S. President at the time he was elected either. While few people can recall anything he did while serving as president, he is dead set to make sure we all remember exactly what he did after leaving the White House, and I am not talking about his work with Habitat for Humanity.

Mr. Carter has gone out of his way to make sure the writers of history remember him as an ambassador to the entire world and a friend to terrorists everywhere.

In April of this year, former President Jimmy Carter embarked on a Mid-East terrorist propaganda tour by meeting with the leaders of Hamas, even though he was cautioned by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice not to do so. He ignored her warnings and was hellbent on convincing the world that Hamas was the key to peace in the Mid-East, even though we all knew better. Hamas had no intention of keeping the peace and they used Jimmy Carter’s visit to the region as propaganda for their cause.

While he was huddled in a meeting with the leaders of Hamas, swapping stories and smoking cigars, Hamas launched their biggest attack in five years, killing three Israeli soldiers.

Mr. Carter announced that Hamas was willing to live in peace, side by side with Israel, but they had no intention of doing so, and they even said so, in their own press conference after their meeting with Carter. Everyone knows that Hamas has no intention of recognizing Israel, well, everyone except Mr. Carter, apparently.

Jimmy Carter made it clear that he has no respect for the office of the President. He made that point clear the moment he left the White House and started traveling the world to meet with dictators and terrorists. When a former president ignores the policies of the current administration, it sends a message throughout the entire world.

Now, eight months later he’s doing it again. He arrived in Lebanon this week to determine if the Saudi Funded Think Tank Carter Center will take part in monitoring the elections in Lebanon next year. When he was asked if he was planning to meet with Hezbullah, the militant group we all know as a terrorist organization, he said he wants to meet with “all of the political parties as possible”. In April he referred to Hamas as a political party, and now he’s doing the same with Hezbullah. Apparently the Carter Center handbook equates the term ‘terrorist organization’ with ‘political party’.

Once again, Mr. Carter is attempting to violate U.S. policy so he can meet with terrorists, but the terrorists want nothing to do with him this time. The terrorists had no comment but the head of their parliamentary bloc (aka the terrorists in suits) stated that “Hezbollah does not meet with anyone from a US administration which supports Zionist terrorism”. Apparently the powers that be at Hezbollah forgot the fact that he is no longer part of any U.S. administration, and they must have missed reading Mr. Carter’s last book, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid” in which he was very critical of Israeli policies.

Jimmy Carter’s legacy as President will be dismal at best. If you don’t believe me, just ask any of the people involved with the Iran Hostage crisis, or ask any working American who needed to buy gasoline at the time. Better yet, ask any farmer what has happened to his ability to earn a living since Carter screwed that up too.

When history looks back on former President Jimmy Carter he will be seen as nothing but an embarrassment, during and after his presidency.