November 9, 2010

THAT'S SETTING THE BAR TAD TOO LOW:

Bush's class Carter could learn something (Manchester Union-Leader, , Nov. 8, 2010)

[O]prah tries to get Bush to criticize, or at least comment on, President Obama's performance. Bush refuses.

"I don't think it's good for a former President to be out there opining on every darned issue," Bush said. "He's got a plenty tough job. Trust me. And there's gonna be plenty of critics, and he doesn't need me criticizing him. And I don't think it's good for the presidency. Other people have a different point of view."

That used to be the accepted view. Former Presidents didn't criticize sitting ones. Jimmy Carter, however, thought himself above such petty traditionalism. In his pursuit of relevance and attention, he publicly thumped Bush early and often. He even wrote an entire column in The New York Times criticizing Bush on the Iraq War.


The peanut farmer gives Millard Fillmore a close run for worst ex-president.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 9, 2010 10:18 PM
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