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book_worm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 09:18 PM
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Poll question: Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton
Whose your personal favorite ex-Dem president?

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 09:21 PM
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1. Six years ago, I would have said Bill Clinton....
.... but everything Carter has done out of office has only increased his stature, and that's not always true with Bill Clinton. I think history will view Carter much more favorably than he was while in office, and perhaps less favorably (i.e. NAFTA) for Bill Clinton.

That said, compared to what's in office now, they both look like FDR.
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Just-plain-Kathy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 09:26 PM
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5. Six years ago, I fought with friends and neighbors defending Bill Clinton.
Now he makes my skin crawl.
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Freeusfromthechurch Donating Member (141 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 09:28 PM
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6. i agree totally with you Kathy
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Just-plain-Kathy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 09:36 PM
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8. And I totally agree with your screen name.
Wellcome to the DU! :hi:

Peace.
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Buzz Clik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 09:37 PM
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9. Eh?
I like Clinton better than I ever did before. Maybe it's the contrast with *.

Carter has found his groove since moving out of the White House, but he totally sucked as president.
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Booster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 09:22 PM
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2. I think President Carter has been a tremendous ex-President.
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Bicoastal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 09:22 PM
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3. Jimmy Carter was the first ex-president...
....who decided to actually make a difference instead of attending fundraisers and playing golf 'til he croaked.

Gore and his post-vice presidency makeover, plus the collaboration of Clinton and Bush post-Tsunami, can probably be credited to Carter's example.
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Journeyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 09:40 PM
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12. I think a little reading will show you there were plenty of ex-Presidents. . .
who went on to distinguish themselves in their golden years: J.Q. Adams entered the House and became a strong voice of reason against slavery and the Mexican Invasion; Hoover directed famine relief in Europe after WW2; Jefferson founded the University of Virginia.
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book_worm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 09:46 PM
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15. Those seem to be exceptions
Johnson retired to his ranch and brooded, Nixon spent all his years trying to rehabilitate himself by writing books, Ford spent his time on golf courses and board rooms, Reagan spent his time giving speeches for high fees until Alzheimers caught up with him, Bush I--again spending much of his time giving speeches and in board rooms and jumping from planes on his birthday. Truman pretty much retired to Independence, Coolidge did as little as an ex-pres as he did as president. Wilson was too ill to do anything of substance after his presidency.

But you left off your list Taft who made a better Chief Justice than President because that is what he always wanted to be.

So you are right there are examples of people who did accomplish great things after the presidency, but in the modern era I think Carter is the only true example. Clinton is trying.
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DURHAM D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 09:25 PM
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4. I thought Jimmy Carter was a bad President and a good ex-Pres.
Clinton - a good President and is doing fantastic as an ex-Pres. I don't really think he gets as much credit as he deserves.
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Buzz Clik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 09:38 PM
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10. Absolutely!
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BootinUp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 10:41 PM
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18. Of course not
(he doesn't get the credit he deserves)

The RW attack machine has DU'ers spewing its talking points 24/7.
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book_worm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 09:34 PM
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7. Carter, imo, has been a great ex-prez and was a better prez than believed
and I think his standing in office will increase. What did he do as president? 1) His diplomacy in the Middle East led to Camp David and the Peace Treaty between Egypt and Israel. 2) The Panama Canal Treaties 3) Formal diplomatic relations with China 4) Strongly against Apartied in South Africa. 5) Holding the banner for Human Rights (Signed International Covenant on Human Rights) 5) The Hostage Crisis doomed him, but he got every hostage out alive due to his negotiating (Iran was spiteful and waited five minutes after Carter was president to release them) 6) The Alaskan Lands Bill--one of the landmark conservation laws. 7) Superfund to clean up Toxic Waste Dumps 8) The First truly National Energy Program--which was showing signs of working and then Reagan dismantled it. 9) A Federal Dept of Education 10) A Federal Dept of Energy 11) Civil Service Reform 12) Established a "Windfall Profits Tax" on Big oil.

Compare that record with Bush and JC looks like another FDR.
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Just-plain-Kathy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 09:46 PM
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14. Thank you book_worm for putting together a Jimmy Carter brag list
I was young when Carter was in office. What I remeber most about him was his brother and peanuts.
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Just-plain-Kathy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-18-07 07:53 AM
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22. I hope you don't mind, while on another board (a board wherepeople on both "sides" meet)...
...I posted your Carter brag list. Here's the reaction I got...

PULEEZE!!!!! Are you kidding us? Carter was the biggest disaster that ever hit this country. Dear Kathleen you are spinning revisionist- He got the hostages out?
Surely you jest! He spent 444 days waffling about what to do. It was only till Reagen got elected that Khomeini Changed his mind. Carter had nothing to do with it. Did you happen to try to buy house during the Carter economy. Try 13.5% mortgage rates- then he had the nerve to blame on the US Population. The Panama Canal treaty? Oh thats great! He sold the rights to the Red Chinese. Very nice accomplishment. And as for Formalizing realtions with China that groundwork was done by Nixon NOT Carter. maybe you can fool some younger memebers on this forum lady but I witnessed your Peanut farmer in action.


...And here was my reply...

K9, That Khomeini changed his mind?? That Khomeini didnt dare kill one hostage under Carters watch; and Carter didnt sit idle. Our military made a rescue attempt called Operation Eagle Claw, we lost FIVE airmen. How many of our soldiers and members of our civilian army died or were maimed under Bushs failed war? ... By the way, it was obvious that Khomeini was being spiteful when he let the hostages go just minutes after Carter left office.

...About those high mortgage rates during the Carter administration. Think about this, people actually had the money back then to buy homes and pay those rates. Under Bush, people are foreclosing on their homes left and right, all because theyre losing their jobs to people in China.

And as far as China goes...were so in debt to them, Bush got China owning us. Everyone owns us, were in debt to everyone. Our dollar is becoming worthless under Bush.

PS. Praise Carter because when Carter left office he didnt join some investment firm like George HW Bush (a firm that profited so much from his sons war that they recently bought over 7% of our NASDAQ), Carter became a champion for the homeless. Bush just produces more homeless.
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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 09:38 PM
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11. If Carter's energy policy was fully implemented,
we'd be energy independent today.

He got screwn by post-Vietnam stagflation and the October surprise.

Oh, and a swamp rabbit. Underrated prez.





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book_worm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 09:40 PM
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13. yes, better president than given credit, and his real downfall was that
he wasn't politically savvy enough in Washington and had a very bad relationship with the press.
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Quixote1818 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 10:53 PM
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21. Exactly what I posted below! nt
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dysfunctional press Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 09:47 PM
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16. don't you mean Dem ex-pres...?
Edited on Wed Oct-17-07 09:48 PM by QuestionAll
as far as i know, jimmy carter is still a Dem, and as far as i know, bill clinton never was.
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 09:51 PM
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17. Carter's career has been miraculous, in service to all of us.
Clinton still has another 20 some years to go to catch up to him, if he does something besides speaking for money.

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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 10:50 PM
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19. Carter
Don't remember him as prez b/c I was an infant but he has become my fave ex-prez because of all the wonderful things he has done since he left office.
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Quixote1818 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 10:52 PM
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20. If the US had actually followed through with most of JC policies
his Energy policy's especially. This country would be in much better shape and energy independent. Personally I think Clinton and NAFTA hurt this country.
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