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Who are You Gonna Believe, Jimmy Carter or Your Lying Eyes (and Ears)?

October 1, 2009

Remember this?

JIMMY CARTER, FMR. U.S. PRESIDENT:  I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he‘s African-American.  I live in the South, and I have seen the South come a long way and I have seen the rest of the country that shared the South‘s attitude towards minority groups at that time, particularly African-Americans.  And that racism inclination still exists.  And I think it‘s bubbled up to the surface because of the belief among many white people—not just in the South but around the country—that African-Americans are not qualified to lead this great country.  It‘s an abominable circumstance and grieves me and concerns me very deeply.

Apparently, you only think you do.

CNN’s Candy Crowley thought so too.  Check out this exchange she had with Jimmy Carter this morning, while she was at the Carter Library to do a puff piece on the occasion of the regrettable 39th President’s 85th birthday.

Crowley, who was very deferential, nonetheless asked the reasonable question about Carter’s controversial remarks, which had been disavowed pretty thoroughly by the President and his spokesman:

CROWLEY: Mr. President, let me ask you first, domestically, you made some remarks recently about how you felt about the protesters that were protesting against President Obama. You said, overall, you thought the protesters, were upset that there was a black president, that there was racism involved. You said that many people…

J. CARTER: By the way, that’s not what I said.


J. CARTER: I said, those on the fringe element that had the vituperative personal attacks on president Obama, those were the ones that I included…

CROWLEY: Your first remarks were that overall…

J. CARTER: No, it wasn’t. If you read the remarks carefully, you’ll see that’s not what I said. I said those that had a personal vituperative attack on president Obama as a person, that was tinged with racism, but I recognize that people who disagree with him on health care or the environment, that the vast majority of those are not tinged by racism.

CROWLEY: So you think they were taken out of context. You didn’t mean that most of those protesters out there were racist…

J. CARTER: I meant exactly what I said. What I actually said, if you look at the transcript, is just what I just repeated to you.

Well, look at the transcript.  I don’t see the words, “fringe,” or “minority” anywhere.  There are no limitations in his remarks.  In fact,” many white people—not just in the South but around the country” and “overwhelming portion” DO make an appearance.

In fact, the next day, Carter repeated his main point (along with some embellishments and additional slanders, which Ben Johnson covered here.)

CARTER: There is an inherent feeling among many people in this country that an African-American ought not be President

Again, “many people,” not a “vituperative fringe.”

Mr. Carter, I believe you.  You DID mean what you said.  It was the culmination of a week of Democrat spokespeople and surrogates for the President floating this trial balloon and hoping that the “You lie” outburst by Congressman Joe Wilson would give you the opening to make this slander.  It backfired, and the White House was nimble enough to see it wasn’t working, and they threw you under the bus.  (For a list of the FOOs — Friends Of Obama — under the bus, check out Paul Cooper’s excellent post.)

And what you said clearly and plainly was that the majority of anger directed at the President came from racism.  Don’t give us this read the transcript “carefully” garbage.  You are a public speaker with decades of experience.  You knew what you were saying, and the general public is not expected to read between the lines to see if you left any wiggle room.  Had the public saluted when you ran this garbage up the flagpole, you would today be taking credit for having been the first person with your stature to sound the alarm.

So, Jimmah, is that bus heavy?  Good luck trying to crawl out from under… Of course your outrageous and predictable remarks near the end of this interview, saying that Iran is only reacting to Israeli and American aggression to “defend” itself, won’t help you in that effort.

  1. Mark J. Koenig permalink
    October 1, 2009 9:41 pm

    Former President Carter is a serial liar, an anti-Semite, and an angry old man with an axe to grind. This is really beyond argument to anyone who seriously and honestly examines his behavior since leaving office. He has consistently attempted to undermine his Republican successors, and has received far more deference and respect than he deserves, in my opinion. His insistence on meddling in U.S. foreign policy even after being specifically asked not to (as he was by the most recent Bush administration) is beneath contempt.

    Further, Carter’s continued association with Emory University is a blight on that institution and ought to be a source of deep embarrassment to its administration.

    • Jeff permalink
      October 2, 2009 11:53 am

      “His insistence on meddling in U.S. foreign policy even after being specifically asked not to…”

      And remember is problems with Ramsey Clark, meddling.
      He has no short-term or long-term memory there. Now there are no meddle free zines for him. But he’ll cause Obama problems too, sooner or later, he’s an equal opportunistic offender.

  2. October 2, 2009 4:10 am

    It’s a real shame Miss Lillian knew that clown well enough not to trust him with the family gas station.

  3. jbtrevor permalink
    October 2, 2009 4:21 am

    Well, maybe Pres. Carter has finally stuck his foot far enough into his mouth that we won’t be hearing from him for a very long time.

    Kudos to President Obama for not aligning himself with the former President. But Pres. Obama left out one important detail … it’s not that we simply distrust Government, we distrust the people running it.

  4. Betty Slater permalink
    October 2, 2009 4:30 am

    I totally agree with Mark Koenig.Mr.Carter should be reminded again
    that he is retired.His comments these past years are disgusting.
    He speaks against the Nation that is our #1 friend…Israel and kisses
    up to our enemies the Islamic and Arab Nations.Put him and others that
    think like he does over in Iran to live we don’t need them here.

  5. The Inquisitor permalink
    October 2, 2009 4:31 am

    “… on the occasion of the regrettable 39th President’s 85th birthday.”

    Interesting choice of syntax. What should we take away from this? Is it regrettable that he was the 39th President or is it regrettable that he reached his 85th birthday?

    Watch out. The New York Times will soon be accusing you of inciting murder by wishing Carter dead.

  6. David Forsmark permalink
    October 2, 2009 6:41 am

    If “regrettable” were before “occasion” or “85th” I might be in trouble!

  7. October 2, 2009 8:34 am

    I was raised in Georgia and had high hopes that President Carter would not only be a good president, but would also represent the South as a region of our country that had matured and left racism and bigotry behind. Unfortunately, he was a miserable failure as president and has only gotten worse with age. If only he had used Harry Truman as a guide to the conduct appropriate for a former president then he and our country would be better off.

  8. Jeff permalink
    October 2, 2009 11:47 am

    Carter… still Lying after all these years.
    (can’t even admit what he said weeks ago)
    But everyone missed his initial response to the question, before the quoted part, was it was “based on racism”. (CSPAN conference)

  9. Judy permalink
    October 2, 2009 12:59 pm

    Carter is locked on correcting the wrongs of his administration. Unfortunately, like so many in history, what is done is done and Carter cannot change history. He can lie about it and attempt to re-write it, but the failure of his 4 years at the helm is firmly engraved in American history and the minds of Americans that lived during the state of ineptitude and malaise that defined his presidency. His perception of his place in history has skewed sharply to the left of fantasy land and actually does present a problem for the Progressive movement that see’s him as a useful tool, and a dunderhead at the same time. There is a time when retirement to a front porch rocking chair is not shameful and would actually be a time for Carter to enjoy time with his family and wrap himself in the blanket of self-grandiosity that he has woven from years of anti-semetic retoric, hatred of conservative America, and political misdeeds. Ramsey Clark is a political landmine just waiting explode in the face of the Progressive movement.He too is a useful tool, paraded out at opportune times. Controlling him is problematic and he may soon join the FOO’s hit parade.Now, on to Joe Biden……………LOL.

  10. cee permalink
    October 2, 2009 1:06 pm

    as a Southerner who is now having to reside inside the beltway, I must say that Mr. Carter is a prime example of what one would call Institutional Racism. This is a problem that as I am Jewish I have run into all my life. People like Carter imbibe this attitude with their mother’s milk and are totally unaware that the things that they say are beyond PC because “Everyone” feels that way. People whom I have know for years will say the most anti-Semitic things to me, and then if they realize, they are quick to say “present company excepted of course”. one of my in-laws would talk on and on about “The coloreds” and yet as he had a fast food outlet, he would at some point say “But my coloreds are not like that, they are clean, hardworking, Christians.

    I am still so angered over his last book, his case for Palestinian Apartheid, that I could just spit. (polite Southern Lady talk for being furious enough to curse, but a Lady wouldn’t curse) When he talks that way, he has gone far beyond his Christian compassion for people who are hurting. Does he really feel that the Israelis’ should allow terrorists to roam at will. Does he think that a constant barrage of rocket, and living underground much of the time is not a hardship? Does he really think that the Israelis’ like the idea of walling themselves into yet another ghetto?

    Thanks for letting me rant. I will go back to lurking in the background

    • David Forsmark permalink
      October 2, 2009 1:21 pm

      If your rants are going to be that good, stay in the foreground!

  11. Jack Hampton permalink
    October 2, 2009 1:25 pm

    David Forsmark
    Once again superb work. The shadow President as someone refered to him has haunted every President since his failed tenure and the American people booted him to the curb. It is fact that his benefactors are Middle Eastern money. He is a plague upon the land period.

  12. Joe the Spook permalink
    October 2, 2009 5:32 pm

    Dementia. It’s the only reasonable explanation.

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