Click. Change channel. On "Today," NBC's Matt Lauer inquired how Carter might be evaluated today by people who were born after 1980. (In other words, people who didn't live through the misery of Carter's incompetence.) If they read Carter's book, would they think his presidency was a success or failure? Naturally, said Carter, "I think success." He claimed to advance peace and human rights -- despite troubling facts like the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the communist takeover of pretty much every damn country they wanted on his watch.
Carter also took a turn with NBC anchor Brian Williams, who worked as a White House Fellow during Carter's presidency. (He didn't mention that.) Williams lauded Carter's "brutally honest" book, and noticed a recent photo of assembled presidents showed Carter a little off to one side. He asked sympathetically: "What is it about you, you think, the way you've decided to conduct your life in post-presidency? Do you feel listened to? Do you feel that you received your due, or do you feel, in fact, apart from the crowd?"
Carter was brutally honest, all right -- about his own inflated self-importance. "No, I feel that my role as a former president is probably superior to that of other presidents, primarily because of the activism and the injection of working of the Carter Center and in international affairs and, to some degree, domestic affairs."
Williams did note that after the taping, this statement "raised tension and eyebrows," but Carter could only retort, not retract: "What I meant was for 27 years, the Carter Center has provided me with superior opportunities to do good."
Like King, Williams wanted Carter's commentary on how "such high numbers of people believe that this American-born Christian president is either foreign-born or a Muslim or both?" Carter obliged by slamming Fox News for "totally distorting everything possible concerning the facts."
This, from the man who thinks it's factual that he was better for America than Ronald Reagan.
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