Thursday, October 11, 2007

As his cheese slides slowly off his cracker...

Jimmy Carter was a man never blessed with an overabundance of gravitas. He was the first US President habitually referred to by his diminutive nickname, even in the press. When he wasn't being attacked by swamp rabbits or lusting in his heart, he was giving away canals and urging Americans to put on their sweaters and declare war on their thermostat. Now he seems determined to play the national "Crazy Uncle Jimmy". As he slides further from the spotlight and into his dotage, his comments take on an ever-shriller edge:
"Our country for the first time in my life time has abandoned the basic principle of human rights," Carter said on CNN.
Hyperbole much, Jimmy? I liked you better when you were keeping yourself busy building houses for poor folk.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

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phlegmfatale said...

For once, it's the peanuts wot has the poop.

B&N said...

I guess Jimmuh isn't paying attention to what's happening in Venezuela, or Cuba, or Myanmar, or Sudan or...

Tam said...

"You are an avid reader, what can you tell me about "Principia Discordia,"

For starters, I can't find my copy...

buzz_knox said...

"I guess Jimmuh isn't paying attention to what's happening in Venezuela, or Cuba, or Myanmar, or Sudan or..."

He knows, he just doesn't care. Those nations didn't receive the "benefit" of his leadership only to reject it and to eventually recognize/declare him as a failure. This is his way of maintaining his relevant status and getting revenge.

OA said...

I contend that he was never relevant.

chili sundae said...

The entire quote is precious, ending as it does with "...we've said we can torture prisoners and deprive them of an accusation of a crime."

I've got my issues with holding prisioners indefinitely without filing charges but the internal logic in that statement isn't. Do what?

Jimmy, you were so much better off with your mouth shut, holding a hammer.

"Elder Statesman," "Crazy Man we keep in the attic," one and the same out there in left field.

Oldsmoblogger said...

Gravitas, character, tomayto, tomahto....

Mark said...

This is the same James Earl Carter IV who recently said that there is no genocide in Sudan.

The man is obviously living in an alternate reality from rational adults.

Joe said...

The REALLY scary thing is this man was a boomer captain during the cold war. Makes you wonder how secure the nukes actually are.

Billy Hollis said...

Jimmy Carter, the highest ranking useful idiot in American history.

rickn8or said...

joe--

Luckily, Jimmah never rose above the rank of Lieutenant (O-3) during his nukler submarine days. Doubt very seriously he was anything higher than a division officer, or that he was allowed to play with Nukler Weapons.

Which made him eminently qualified to decide that military people didn't need a pay raise, because HE had been able to live on an LT's pay while he was in subs. Didn't change his mind about this until he was running for re-election and then only because he was standing on a carrier flight deck, surrounded by six thousand pissed-off sailors.

The bright ray of sunshine about this is that every time Jimmah opens his mouth, you know there has to be somebody high up at the DNC that is digging his knuckles into his temples, screaming "Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! ShutupShutupShutttUPP!"

Yep, as a diplomat and elder statesman, he makes a pretty good jack-leg carpenter.

Dion said...

"The REALLY scary thing is this man was a boomer captain during the cold war. Makes you wonder how secure the nukes actually are."

I served on a boomer with a Captain that did not allow whistling. At all!
Maybe being a bit off kilter is a requirement.

comatus said...

dion,

He'd let the cook whistle, wouldn't he? That's how it's supposed to work. If not, skip the gravy.

jrshirley said...

It was impossible to "give away" something that was contracted to return to its people- the people of the land on which Americans started a phony revolution, so we could set up our own puppet state, which we were kinda sure would let us lease the land the Canal was built on...