C’mon give Maher some credit here: he’s not afraid to show his true colors. Even most liberals I know feel uncomfortable talking about Jimmy Carter's achievements, let alone bragging about his legacy, preferring instead to reminisce about “Camelot” or the New Deal.
Nice catch, NewsBusters (warning explicit language):
America needs to start defining peace as strength. Do you know who the role model for every president should be? Jimmy Carter. Because he is the one out of all of them who figured out how to sit in office for four years and never fire a shot. And every President's negative example should be Dick Cheney who even shot his friends in the face.
I'd probably rank Carter as the worst president in American history, although LBJ and Buchanan aren't too far behind. And by the way, for those who’ve seen the film “Argo” -- and therefore know a little bit about the heroism of Tony Mendez -- the fact is that rescuing those American diplomats was a classified, little-known triumph in an otherwise months-long debacle. I need not remind you that the hostages were released only after Ronald Reagan became president of the United States -- the very same day, in fact. If only Carter had left office sooner, then, perhaps the hostage crisis wouldn’t have lasted so long. In short, "role model" is not a term I suspect most people would use when describing the administration of James Earl Carter.
Anyway, Maher is a guy who recently professed that the “Second Amendment is Bullsh*t.” I wouldn’t take what he says too seriously.