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September 26, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 01:00 PM ET

Former President Jimmy Carter!

Why is he blaming the late Ted Kennedy – now – for blocking health care reform during his presidency?

Plus, what does he think of Sarah Palin, the Tea Party and President Obama’s handling of the economy?

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Do you think Jimmy Carter
was a successful president?

Weigh in below.

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Matej Kurucz   September 20th, 2010 7:14 pm ET

Jimmy Carter, Barbara Walters or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad... Not disrespecting this people but please can you give a chance to someone like Jaques Fresco? Man which is trying his whole life to bring nations together... Yes you had him on the show once but that was 26 years ago. Please bring him on LKL and please bring some specialists with him as well. Thank you


Martin   September 20th, 2010 7:28 pm ET

In regards to Presidet Carter and his reference to the deaths of kennedy and King. His pointt was they were within several administrations of his own. Not quite a stretch afterall.


Cajazz76:24:8   September 20th, 2010 7:47 pm ET

Former President Jimmy Carter is correct in that it was Ted Kennedy that put his worn out shoes, socks included, on the legislation to kill the healthcare bill passage during the early campaign for the Democratic presidential candidate nomination in 1979. As Mr. Carter stated, it was a political stumbling block to impede the incumbents chances for a re-run of the presidency in the fall elections of 1979.

The parts of the passed Healthcare Bill, that are now unappealing, are the addendum's that were dreamed up by the Republican party to protect the interests of big business entities, such as big Pharmaceuticals, big insurance companies, and big medical supply conglomerates. Having the addendums as an integral part of healthcare was a major factor in getting a few Republican party members to back the passage of the bill and because of that and other addendum's, it makes the bill more costly to the consumers, and more favorable to big businesses than the president had in his initial design. Tell your Congressmen/women that you want a healthcare bill addendum that allows interstate insurance transactions and lower premiums based on healthy bartering/shopping for one. Insurance companies are raising prices to thwart the possibility their profits margins may he hampered by a staunchly public interest healthcare bill that is more about protecting the consumer and providing adequate coverage.

Stop blaming your president and look at the bigger picture as election day nears, and to help you in making your vote do the most for you; you the people, not big business, may wish to think about the following labellings. If you were to assign a political party name to these words "we the people" and "big business interests" how would you label them and how would you cast your vote this November? No answer is requested or necessary. Please, for a moment, just think about which serves your better interests regarding that precious vote on November 2.

Best regards to all, and to Larry King; you are leaving at the height of 25 years of a great career and, without question, a very fair and balanced 25 years, and for that, you haven't even left yet and you are missed already by your faithful following worldwide...caj


Herb McIntyre   September 20th, 2010 7:47 pm ET

It seems lke every few years you look and the peoples opinion of Jimmy Carter has increased. I think he may be a bit like Truman.. A man I remember well. When left office not too much good was said about him, but today most consider him to be one of the best. I suspect such a future is in store for Mr. Carter.


Jim Carroll   September 20th, 2010 7:48 pm ET

NATIONAL DEBT IS NOT YOURS OR YOUR CHILDREN OR YOUR GRANDCHILDREN
The Republican Party would be dead in the water if it didn't have this dead horse to beat.

THE BIGGEST LIE EVER PERPETRATED ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BY THE CONSERVATIVES AND CONGRESS IS TELLING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THE NATIONAL DEBT IS THEIR DEBT, THEIR CHILDREN’S DEBT AND THEIR GRANDCHILDREN’S DEBT. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY FALSE. THE GOVERNMENT’S DEBT IS THE GOVERNMENT’S DEBT AND NOT THE PEOPLE’S DEBT, AND THE GOVERNMENT IS IN A POSITION TO EASILY MANAGE THEIR DEBT.

CONSIDER THESE FACTS: THE TOTAL ASSETS OF THE U.S. ECONOMY IS $213 TRILLION, AND THE NATIONAL DEBT IS $13.1 TILLION, WHICH IS ONLY 6.1% OF THE TOTAL ASSETS.
THE GDP DOES NOT GO BACKTO ZERO ON DECEMBER THIRTY- FIRST OF EACH YEAR, BUT EACH MONTH KEEPS ADDING TO THE ECONOMIC ASSETS OF THE U.S. ECONOMY. ARTICLE
1, SECTION 8, OF THE CONSTITUTION GIVES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THE POWER TO BORROW MONEY ON ITS ASSETS, THE POWER TO TAX, AND THE
POWER TO CREATE MONEY.

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO OWE ONLY 6.1% OF YOUR ECONOMIC ASSETS , BE ABLE TO COLLECT TAXES FROM EVERYONE IN AMERICA, AND BE ABLE TO CREATE MONEY? THAT’S THE STATUS OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, WHICH HAS THE MEANS TO COPE WITH ANY FINANCIAL SITUATION.

IF YOU ARE LOSING SLEEP OVER THE NATIONAL DEBT AND THINKING THAT SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE ARE GOING BROKE, GO BACK TO SLEEP. THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN. IF YOU WANT TO WORRY ABOUT THESE THINGS, DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE MONEY PART. ANY DEFICIT CAN BE MADE UP OUT OF GENERAL FUNDS.

THIS BIG LIE ABOUT THE NATIONAL DEBT STANDS IN THE WAY OF THE GOVERNMENT SPENDING AS MUCH MONEY AS IT SHOULD TO EDUCATE, TO PROVIDE EMPLOYMENT, TO HAVE UNIVERSAL
HEALTH CARE, TO KEEP A BALANCED MONEY SUPPLY AT ALL TIMES, AND TO INITIATE PROGRAMS TO PROVIDE GOOD HOUSING FOR ALL THE PEOPLE.

IN SUMMARY, YOU DON’T OWE A CENT ON THE NATIONAL DEBT, AND THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT BROKE BUT RATHER IT IS IN EXCELLENT SHAPE.

WE NEED TO TAX LESS, BORROW LESS, AND CREATE MORE MONEY.

CONSERVATIVES STAND IN THE WAY OF PROGESSIVE IDEAS, RAILING AGAINST BIG GOVERNMENT AND TALKING ENDLESSLY ABOUT ELIMINATING ESSENTIAL PROGRAMS.
THE NEWS MEDIA SHOULD BE ASKING THESE PEOPLE WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING BIG GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS THEY WOULD DROP: THE ARMY, THE NAVY, THE AIR FORCE, THE MARINE CORPS, THE COAST GUARD, THE CIA, THE SECRET SERVICE, THE FBI, HOMELAND SECURITY, THE FDA, THE FAA, OTHER DEPARTMENTS OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THE SUPREME COURT, ALL THE FEDERAL COURTS, THE INTERSTATE AND U.S. HIGHWAY SYSTEMS, THE POST OFFICE, MEDICARE AND MEDICAID, SOCIAL SECURITY, IRS, PUBLIC EDUCATION, AND THE HUNDREDS OF OTHER BIG GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS THAT HELP MAKE AMERICA GREAT AND WHICH WE CANNOT DO WITHOUT.

THE CONSTITUTION Article 1, Section 8 The congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, impost and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; to borrow money on the credit
of the United States; TO COIN MONEY, REGULATE THE VALUE THEREOF, AND OF FOREIGN COIN,
AND FIX THE STANDARD OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES...


Smith in Oregon   September 20th, 2010 7:58 pm ET

President Jimmy Carter,

During your presidential campaign you promised those in attendance that you would discover if America had made contact with clusters of humanity coming from extraterrestrial planets. During your tenure as President of the United States, you did not mention if you had looked into that and disclosed what you found.

President Carter, did previous American administrations at anytime come into contact with extraterrestrial beings?

President Carter, did previous American administrations at anytime locate and obtain craft or vessels made by extraterrestrial beings?


Bill   September 20th, 2010 8:05 pm ET

Short answer: Yes


Andrew N. Smith   September 20th, 2010 8:08 pm ET

Sadly, his was a failed presidency.


Bob   September 20th, 2010 8:24 pm ET

Successful at what?
Don't you remember 16% mortgage rates?
He did get a nice nuclear sub base for Georgia.


goke   September 20th, 2010 8:50 pm ET

I think he was a great president.he faced the same problem that Obama faces.He tried to be factual and do whats in the best interest of Americans.Which usually goes against the interests of a minority of the country that are usually powerful and influential(oil companies,wall street,neocons)

He came in after Nixon and the Republicans left in a huge mess economically.He also had to deal with the aftermath of failed foreign policies in the mid-east.

He tried to solve those problems with the best solutions which sometimes mean diplomacy and sacrifice instead of war and lies.But he gets blamed for trying to actually govern as a good man and a Christian.


Michael Armstrong Sr.   September 20th, 2010 9:09 pm ET

Remember when Roselin was standing at the White House balcony and then you came out to enjoy my anger .


Michael Armstrong Sr.   September 20th, 2010 9:11 pm ET

If it were not for you Jimmy Carter none of this middle east war would be present today .


Rhonda   September 20th, 2010 9:15 pm ET

He is involved with a very interesting group called "The Elders". I would love to hear him discuss this...


Michael Armstrong Sr.   September 20th, 2010 9:18 pm ET

I spent nine months of my life at sea for show in tell to a sissy from Georgia .


Lydia Feliciano   September 20th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

I believe that Mr. Carter was a wonderful president. I was 14 yrs. old when he was elected and I wish he had been given more time to do the things he needed to do. How is his new book different from his 1982 book Keeping Faith-Memoirs of a President?


Michael Armstrong Sr.   September 20th, 2010 9:22 pm ET

We should have attacked Iran then now we will all pay the price for your mistake .


Tom Slockett   September 20th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

Jimmy,
The official Whitehouse web site states that the recently passed health insurance reform will eventually cover 95% of Americans. That leaves more than 15 million men, women, and childred without coverage. Many estimates indicate that the Whitehouse estimates are too high. Will you speak up for universal coverage as in every other industrialized nation? Thank you.

Tom Slockett


Elizabeth   September 20th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

Failed presidency? He got more legislation passed than Reagan, Clinton, or either Bush. Only president I can remember, in my life, that was/is forthright and as honest as a president can be without jeopardizing national security. He treated the public like adults and dared to tell them things they didn't want to hear. That is a leader. Sadly, not many people are adult enough to hear the truth. To think if we had stuck with his ideas of decreasing crazy consumption, using alternative fuels (solar in the '70s), healthcare, how many messes we might not be in right now.


M. Anderson   September 20th, 2010 9:39 pm ET

Three blocks away is not "ground zero".
Please.
You should be above such titilation at the expense of the facts.


Michael Armstrong Sr.   September 20th, 2010 9:41 pm ET

Mr. Carter you should have never been president same as Obama .


gayle   September 20th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

I believe that a lot of Republicans use "expense" as a means to make democrats seem frivolous. No one is lowering taxes that much. Republicans just want to spend it on war and making more money for people how have money already. What? A person who makes $30,000 doesn't work as hard as someone who makes $300,000? An American is an American is an American. Don't spare the rich or exploit the poor. Jimmy Carter did not START the ME conflict. Western countries feeling hubris and racially superior screwed up the ME. It doesn't start with the USA.


Jurgen New Edition   September 20th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

I wonder how Mr Carter feels now about the issue in Nicaragua back in 1978 and 1979 when he let down a pro US govt by cutting aid and thereby allowing communism to enter the isthmus and eventually allowing the likes of Chavez, Morales, etc...proliferate through out Latin America (Americas back yard).


Michael Armstrong Sr.   September 20th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

Help Obama as much as you can Carter so we can laugh him out of office just like you .


Michael Armstrong Sr.   September 20th, 2010 9:53 pm ET

The middle east has taken 30 yrs. of American humiliation because of the things Carter did not do .


gayle   September 20th, 2010 9:53 pm ET

It's always amazing how Republicans can be SO hard on Democrats. No one seems to remember Watergate or the other conservative scandals that go on as far as adultery and homosexuality. They focus on the morals of Democrats, when Sarah Palin's 17 year old daughter doesn't know how to use a condom or take birth control. At least Obama knows how to raise his children.


Michael Armstrong Sr.   September 20th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

I was on the U.S.S. Texas Carter and you made us feel like cowards .


Cajazz76:24:8   September 20th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

Michael Armstoned Sr.

So you were pregnant with the same malformed afterbirth mindset back then, and all you have to show for it is an abridged prosthetic mouthpiece gumming the English language. How sweet is it that you call the distinguished gentleman from Georgia a sissy, since you are a baby blue servant of ambiguity from the Twisted Righteous Republic of Tejas?...Odd to say the least, you think?...caj


Joan   September 20th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

I loved Jimmy Carter then and still do. He is so rational, tolerant, able to consider all points of view and has been a totally successful past President and a genuine Christian. I always wanted to meet him. His eyes sparkle with love of life. A great hour.


art   September 20th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

Obama's going to be a two-term prez, Michael.


Anthony   September 20th, 2010 10:04 pm ET

I would like to ask Carter one question: Why did he give immigrants Social Security benefits when they hit 65 without ever paying in a dime.

Social Security was supposed to be voluntary, no longer is.
Not supposed to be taxed, no longer is.
Not supposed to be part of the general funds, no longer is.

Carter was a weak president and the first to really buy the presidency. Think he spend about 2 million on his campaign, which was unheard of at the time. Yes, I know they now spend hundreds of millions. How much did Barack spend on his. Almost half a billion?

All of this was done under the democrats.


Anthony   September 20th, 2010 10:09 pm ET

For Jim Carroll, if the national dept is not ours. Then I guess the we the people for the people to form a more what?

The government does not make money except by collecting taxes. From whom? might I ask. The people of course. So if you don't see this as our dept then whose is it.

And typing in caps will not force your views on any. Sort of like a bully trying to do the same.

Well I guess they can now as they are taking over how many businesses.


Cajazz76:24:8   September 20th, 2010 10:12 pm ET

Michael Armstoned Sr.

How is one made to feel like a coward, since it is presumably more innate than learned behavior. What is the U.S.S. Texas Carter? One by itself is a submarine machine, the other is older than you and has long been decommissioned, just like you. Former President Carter did more to advance Middle East peace than any other president since former President Harry S. Truman, who did the most to invoke the situation that is stagnated from moving forward today. One more simple retort for you Michael Sr., for what reason would the former president have for attacking Iran during his presidency? The hostages that were taken in November of 1978? Start a war without a lengthy negotiation process, that in hindsight freed them all? I wasted too much time on this...Read the history books and you will find the mind is a terrible thing to waste...caj


Steven Belmont   September 20th, 2010 10:29 pm ET

Mr. Carter's persistent anti-Israel slant was, as usual, present throughout his latest interview. His statement that Israel has always wanted to keep the`West Bank conveniently omits the fact that Israel had told Jordan (which held the West Bank at the time) that if Jordan would not attack Israel, Israel would not attack the West Bank. However, Jordan decided to attack Israel, and thus Israel had every right to defend itself and capture the West Bank. Mr. Carter also omits to mention that after the 6 day war, Israel had offered to withdraw from the territories it had captured, if the Arab states would acknowledge Israel's right to exist. Israel received from the Arab states, at the Khartoum Conference, the `three no`s, which were: "no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with Israel`. Mr. Carter's memory seems to be quite selective, insofar as his recollections of the Middle East conflict are concerned


Cajazz76:24:8   September 20th, 2010 10:33 pm ET

@Anthony

Former President Carter bought his presidency? Please explain. I was not in the country for a number of years from the day of his inauguration to the last 6 months that he was in office.

If you don't mind, would you please furnish me with the bill number or any information that Mr. Carter signed legislation to grant illegal aliens a non-gratis entitlement of Social Security?

One more bit of a request on the availed information you supplied within your above blog. Are you personal friends of our president to the level that you feel so much passion for him and your apparent deep friendship is such you affectionately call him by his first name? Never know who you run into on these blogs...caj


Cajazz76:24:8   September 20th, 2010 10:47 pm ET

Michael Armstoned Sr.

I stand, rather sit, to self-correct a bit of info supplied to you...the date of capture of the Iranian hostages made famous during the Carter administration was November 4, 1979. I should have remembered that date because I left Iran that same year, about 7 months before the U.S. Embassy was taken in a desperate act by an over zealous band of pious idiots, who wrongly believed their future was to be significantly enhanced...for the better...caj


lwelch   September 20th, 2010 11:39 pm ET

jimmy carter's appearance on larry king live reminds us as to why he was a one term president.


Bridgette Jordan   September 21st, 2010 12:24 am ET

He doesn't get paid to give speeches and I think he's passionate about all things he's involved in. Love him or hate him...at nearly 86 he's doing more than most of us are.


Smith in Oregon   September 21st, 2010 1:15 am ET

I'd love to be picking up Jimmy Carter's frequent flyer miles, wow that elder President really get's around the globe. President Carter was largely blindsided by special interests in the Big Oil Republican camps that were really upset with President Carter helping to return Ayatollah Khomeini from his exile in France to Iran in President Carter's attempt to restore some sense of fairness to a very ugly situation which Big Oil corporations had plunged American into in Iran.

Instead of America's Republican linked Big Oil corporations paying a fair and honest price for Iran's Oil leases they used Bush sr's agency (Director of the CIA) to overthrow Iran's democratically elected government and install the handpicked Shah of Iran while stealing Iran's Oil field leases.

Big Oil corporations responded and American's found themselves in a false gas rationing scheme. I personally knew Oil engineers on the North Slope in Alaska and ALL of the storage tanks were OVER FULL. Yep, there was plenty of Oil, Big Oil however purposely created a shortage to torpedo President Carters legacy. That coupled with 444 days held hostage and the American people were very unhappy.

Folks here should remember just prior to the 2008 November Presidential election when gasoline prices suddenly spiked at nearly 5 dollars a gallon? Yet another Republican ploy to steer an election in their favor. That ploy to artificially inflate gasoline prices hurt already hurting American's by the Millions, commuters and business's both. The Republican party didn't CARE, they fully intended to use that 'event' to gain traction against candidate Obama. Thankfully, America was totally fed up with the Republican lawmakers dirty tricks play book and resoundingly rejected them.

The Republican lawmakers have no strategy to improve America's Economy, the only strategy they have and have publicly stated is if they gain a majority control in Congress, they'll block, obstruct and defund proposed legislation and defund existing programs just as Republican majority speaker Newt Grinrich attempted in his depraved attempt to entirely shut down the federal government. While everyday American's are struggling to keep their homes and be employed, the Republican lawmakers are planning a major Congressional revolt to shut down the federal government, how corrupt can they get?

Vote for Democratic candidates straight across the board for a better economic future in America.


Isabel   September 21st, 2010 1:29 am ET

Jimmy Carter is a loving caring humanitarian who respects people and human life and who believes in the dignity of human beings from all walks of life. He is a true Christian. In addition, he is one of the most intelligent, well read, articulate presidents we have ever had. He should be considered a national treasure. He tells the truth and some cannot accept that. My only regret is that Mr Carter does not have a successor. God bless you, Mr Carter. God bless Larry King too!

PS The conflict between the Arabs and Jews in the middle east has been going on for centuries-Carter did not cause that!


Dodie   September 21st, 2010 1:44 am ET

@ smith in oregon

many good points you posted. How did you like the governors of states putting pressure on China to raise their RMA? By the way, China has already agreed to increase their money value long before the governor's arrival and certainly not becuase of the state governors. I find it very outrageous and a big cost to taxpayers at a time we need to save. I would like a full accounting of costs.


Dodie   September 21st, 2010 1:50 am ET

@ Czrter

Why must the US be involved with the DPRK? Why not let China deal with the DPRK. China is the Dprk's (north korea) only exporter, and the pressure would be monitary not lives.

The news went out in China that they are NOT happy with our military off their coast. I believe we would cause more problems getting involved. I am currently in Seoul and talked to some people who feel American's over react. By the way, we are having a huge rain and thunder storm here in Seoul.


Cajazz76:24:8   September 21st, 2010 3:37 am ET

Inaguration Day January 20, 1977...In a reflective moment I can still visualize the scenes over Washington D.C. and surrounding areas from an altitude of approximately 10,000 feet. The most predominate feature from that altitude was the Chesapeake Bay, completely frozen over for the first time in nearly 200 years, and I was once again headed to Iran.

The feeling that our economy, already in turmoil, would be still in recovery mode when I made my way home, once again, to this ailing country. I felt fairly secure in my hopes that our nation would be free from war, a rather appreciable sentiment I was rather unfamiliar with since the advent of my birth, but right on the heels of a lengthy war in the western Pacific were the costs to pay for it and a necessary slow down or in so many cases a halt to the war industries. Then came the years of huge deficit spending by the Reagan administration to again build the war machine in all its olive drab luster.

War is never a recovery tool to excite the economy, and this is where the ebbs and tidal bumps are the effects to the cause of two ridiculous WARS. You say you want to change your vote to construct a right-wing(Republican) controlled Congress? Your sanctified choice, just remember or read the history following any countries post-war economies....caj


Bad Patient   September 21st, 2010 5:16 am ET

Not shocked to learn that the medical profession stands in the way of our health. It becomes more apparent every year. Good to know...thanks.


Bad Patient   September 21st, 2010 5:24 am ET

I appreciate that he told us this. I wish we knew this stuff earlier.

We need a way to see who is blocking things that matter to us that are significant to our own health and the health of this country. We can't have hidden agenda's anymore.

They are just going to bankrupt us. Great that they can make money and give it away, but I can't. I still get a $140,000 student loan bill with interest. I don't have a house. Health care $^*k$ in this country. The infrastructure is going to hell in a handbasket. The banks made out like a bandit...as they always do...no matter what happens.

We're tired of the corruption that goes on in government and the stupid things they get us into. We have to take the hit for things that we shouldn't have to take the hit for. They lie to us.


CROB   September 21st, 2010 6:02 am ET

I've always had a great deal of respect for Jimmy Carter. He is a brillant man of integrity.


Doctor from Lincoln, Nebraska   September 21st, 2010 10:33 am ET

Jimmy Carter is more than we ordinary people can ever hope to be. There will never be another like him and our country has been truly blessed by his persistence, gentleness and love for all human beings regardless of their appearance or social class.


John   September 21st, 2010 12:56 pm ET

Wasn't it Iran Hostage situation on Jimmy Carter time? what did he do for it? (failed), how about the terrorist attack on USS COLE ? on Clinton time, did they do anything to follow it and stop it or they did nothing and made the TERRORIST GROUPS more aggressive?
How about the attack on Beirut, and Saudi sites?

If wasn't for Bush aggressive defense, wouldn't we have more attack in US sole?


Charles   September 21st, 2010 6:37 pm ET

@Isabel,
Well stated and so very true, especially the lack of a successor.


Cajazz76:24:8   September 21st, 2010 7:54 pm ET

Steven Belmont

You appear to have your history half-right in that you slant yours to alleviate Zionist Israels initial violations on the peoples of Palestine. If you knew the entire history you would find that Jordan was only 1/5th of the combatants in the Six-day war that ebbed the tide for further U.S. deliveries of sophisticated weaponry to firmly keep Zionist Israel as an anchor for U.S. interests in the Middle East.

It was King Hussein of Jordan that was not in total agreement with the allied forces against Zionist Israel, but as a matter of concern for the fleeing refugees and the atrocities committed against them, he followed through with the attack at a huge cost to his own country in human and material losses..Who could blame all those who stood up to Israel?..It is nice you know some of the history, but I can see through your linear veil, your allegiances ...caj.


Steven Belmont   September 21st, 2010 10:27 pm ET

@Cajazz76:24:8

While reading your comments, I thought I was reading something put out by Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, the Iraqi Information Minister during the 2003 invasion. Too funny!


Cajazz76:24:8   September 22nd, 2010 12:37 am ET

Steven Belmont

I see why you found it so funny, you thought.. Man is a history making fool, who can never repeat his past nor leave it behind...caj


Thomas Wilkson   September 22nd, 2010 12:29 pm ET

Peanut farmer/community organizer – sort of the same thing. Both depend on government handouts. Not the best preparation for Leader of the Free World. Obama and Carter – blissfully unaware they are in way over their heads. Both 1 termers? Probably. 40 years from now Obama will be telling Larry ( yes, he will still be here), he could have prevented the depression and subsequent disasters but Nancy Pelosi sent him to his room !


Marian Cranford   September 22nd, 2010 8:19 pm ET

I believe Carter was a fine, honorable man who had a bunch of poor advisors. When his administration decided to give the Panama Canal to Panama, I became very worried. I was not alone – i believe were it not for the Canal, WWII might have had a very different outcome – certainly a more expensive one.

Now, we owe China more than our children and grandchildren can ever pay; and China has control of each end of the Canal.

This country, once consisting of so many grateful people, now has so many who want to change our way of life. Many things made America great – patriotism was certainly one of them. Now burning the flag that represented our freedoms so many people fought for (and many have died) is trashed and burned. That's called "Freedom of Speech" by people who realize making fun of something serious can turn ignorant people to make fun also.

I cannot believe adult, supposedly clear-thinking people don't see this. But then those who want to rule One World play up to ignorance, and revisionist history suits their ambition to own and control the world's population.

And those who don't want to accept responsibility for themselves are like the grasshopper in the fable. But what happens when the ants no longer work??


IKHAN   September 26th, 2010 6:33 pm ET

Jimmy Carter is perhaps the only American public figure in recent years to command golbal respect. He is a fine upstanding American whose honesty of purpose & courage of his convictions comes through strongly.
@Cajazz
good of you to put things in proper perspective in response to @ Steven Belmont.
Middle East , a region vital for our economic & geo-political interests is no longer in the sphere of our influence, thanks to our lopsided & utterly self defeating policy in the context of Arab-Israel-Iran complexities. In fact we have placed ourselves at a great disadvantage as a global power with our poodlish stance towards Israel.
Iraq war, a consequence of handicapped leadership kowtowing to our 'closest ally' in the Middle East & special interests,needs no further analysis to prove its devastating impact on American history.
Israel-Palestinian conflict, again a proof of our total lack of independant policy making & wimpy efforts to solve it show cases serious flaws in our handling of Middle East.
So is true when it comes to Iran. Any action on our part that is devoid of rational thought, statesmanship & diplomacy on the part of our leadership would have an effect more devastating than Iraq war on the whole strata of our engagement in that region. Our closest 'ally's' boot in our back may, though, prove to be the shove.
Jimmy Carter in his approach to Israel-palestinian conflict doesn't flinch in the face of unrelenting pressure from the Zionist lobby, which I think is praiseworthy & what our current leadership should learn from.For the sake of peace & stability in our own interest.

@Smith in Oregon,@ Dodie
its always a consolation to know that you good guys are out there with your analysis & enlighteneing comments.


aliou, jacksonville fl   September 26th, 2010 9:08 pm ET

President Carter, I want to participate in a national tour you would conduct to restore our democracy.

The whole world is watching as we are destroying democratic principles: Once a president is elected, we should restrain our rethorics to let him govern. What the tea and other coolaid in the republican party are doing is a coup d'etat.

I hope all americans can see through them.

Aliou


aliou, jacksonville fl   September 26th, 2010 9:12 pm ET

The world thought the american democracy was a model for all.
Lately, they are watching and discovering that the american democracy is being hitjacked by the fringe of our society, the religious and affiliated extreme right. Also, the world is discovering that the american "democracy is bought and paid for by corporation and that is not a waking up in paradise. The world is discovering that the Ideal of democracy is a sham. How can you help in restoring fate in the american and world ideal of democracy?


Dodie   September 26th, 2010 9:13 pm ET

@IKHAN

Thank you for your kind compliment. It is definitely an honor to even be considered in the same league as Smith in Oregon, Cajazz and yourself. I concur with your statement as other countries have asked ex-president Carter to help them with negotiations.

@Ex-president Carter,

As you already know, there is a very wide river that separates China from the DPRK. There could NEVER be any confusion about entering the DPRK. Very kind of you to fly to the DPRK and help the American; however, we Americans need to start respecting other countries, their borders and their laws. We show our arrogance as a people when we ignore the laws and borders of other countries. As a population, we need to grow up and assume some responsibility for our behaviors.


Dodie   September 26th, 2010 9:16 pm ET

@Ex-president Carter,

Do you think we empowered Iran when we engaged war in Iraq; therefore, creating an unstable country?


Dodie   September 26th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

I completely concur with former president Carter regarding the divided Congress and nation and President Obama is faced with a dilemma that no president in American history has ever experienced!!!


Margie Dillard Fuqua   September 26th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

Dodie September 26th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

I completely concur with former president Carter regarding the divided Congress and nation and President Obama is faced with a dilemma that no president in American history has ever experienced!!!


aliou, jacksonville fl   September 26th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

@Dodie,
The world is watching as we trash our own ideals of democracy. The same ideals that we are trying to sell to the rest of the world, even going so far as fighting other countries to "Democratize" their country. What do you guys think the former prez can do about this? How can we all help in restoring the image of our country and our democratic principles?


TERRY S./john doe   September 26th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

LARRY, JIMMY, LOVE YOU!!! JOHN DOE!!!


Dodie   September 26th, 2010 10:10 pm ET

@ aliou, jacksonville fl

Yes, I concur, we are in the process ~sigh~ Change will have to come from all Americans coming together. As long as we are divided and misdirected, nothing will change. I read your blog and enjoyed your knowledge and intelligence.


Mickey Anderson   September 27th, 2010 12:22 am ET

I have a high respect for Former President Carter. It was a excellent discussion between Larry and him tonight. I missed it the other night so watched tonight. President Carter has done a lot for this country and the people of this world. I'm not going to adde no more then this except I also think President Carter is a Great Conservationist to.


Hans Danker   September 27th, 2010 12:31 am ET

Carter is arguably the worst US-president ever, Obama closing in fast.
Socialist views, healthy reality fully replaced by poisened ideological red dreams.
HD


IKHAN   September 27th, 2010 1:35 am ET

@ aliou ,jacksonville fl

very well said. I completely agree.
Its unfortunate that we Americans,the 'torch bearers ' of democracy & freedom, have taken upon ourselves to destroy this very spirit.
One can see the poison seeping into our mainstream politics, the fabric of our society & our psyche.
Racism,intolerance, bigotry & now religious persecution is the tune we see politicians dancing to.

@ Hans Danker
The Bush-Cheney era of infamy was when the leadership lost touch with reality and embarked on a self destructive 'crusade' spawning ill conceived wars fueled by twisted ideology, arrogant idiocy & greed weaving a web of lies & deception for the American public.
Complete surrender to Corporate dominance & deliberate curtailment of oversight of the financial sector during that administration brought our economy to the brink.
Now if a president dares to stand up to Big Business he is labeled a 'socialist'.
The worst presidency that this nation has ever suffered has already been singled out by historians for posterity and not arguably so but stamped- we all know it.


Nana Brown   September 27th, 2010 1:45 am ET

It all seems that Americans have either forgotten the qualities that a good leader should be or they are simply incapable of discerning true leadership from the pack of half-witted entertainers and right-wing hacks we are seeing today. President Carter will always have my respect for being a honest and great American leader who lost his election because of his honesty about Middle East and about the occupied land making him unpopular by the lobbyist.I hope and pray we see more of President Carter in the coming years as we need his wisdom today than ever more in US history. Our country has a great honest President after 8 years of an incompetent one. Instead of rejoicing and helping President Obama some Republicans and tea baggers are dividing America for there own political gain this is nothing worse than sleaze bag politicians camouflage for shallowness of there supporters thinking more about filling there own pocket than for the American public. We American need to think as one and wake up before we hemorrhage away.


Maria Theresia riedmann   September 27th, 2010 5:38 am ET

I Want to thank you i have a Big Respect for People like you,please teach others to do the Best that no war will ever be,many have lost there lives to serve america,no more tears please,al Tears runn down,not sideways for al races or creed,so God bless you and Larry ,,Maria Theresia from Italy i always watch Larry king what a Mann


Ted   September 27th, 2010 8:51 am ET

Just returned from Italy and it is a pleasure to read this blog, pleasure of reading some and laughing at others. Ignorant blimps.

Our italian friends make the following offer to those americans who do not appreciate President Obama:
They take him and give us Belusconi, and to sweeten the deal, we get an additional thousand tons of good italian tomato sauce. We get our President back in a few years, but can keep their Ministerpresident as long as we want! Now, is that not a deal?

President Carter has the admiration of the world. At age 86 he could sit and hold on to a fishing pole and wait for that man with the sickle who takes us to the next life.
Instead he travels the world, watches over elections so they will be just a bit fair, (I wish he was in Florida during 2000), and got the Nobel Peace Prize! How many of you ignorant people who criticize him can boast with such a fame? What he has cannot be bought by money, it must be earned with hard work.
Yes, he was a weak president, because just too many interests were against him. That is our problem that Presiden Obama faces, we cannot improve our society, because special interests control our goverment, politicians and the press.
Do not shake the boat, because you spill my champagne!!


Cajazz76:24:8   September 27th, 2010 11:34 am ET

Hans Danker

Behind the wall of witlessness you hide, is your obvious adoration for those who really are the worst of the worst presidents. Which president, since leaving office has remained relatively obscure since leaving office? Why do you think he hasn't contributed in any small way to undo what his 8 years of dunderhead diplomacy has brought this nation and the world to near economic meltdown?...caj

IKHAN...Your comments, as usual, attract the curiosity and attraction of many, and I am certain you have educated more than just a few within the blogs you write. Take care and you'll be hearing from me again...soon, if I am not locked out of this blog, as I have been for days...caj


Rose   September 27th, 2010 12:15 pm ET

@ Thomas Wilkson

You wrote: "Peanut farmer/community organizer (Carter/Obama) – sort of the same thing. Both depend on government handouts. Not the best preparation for Leader of the Free World."

Really? The following are some of Pres Carter's accomplishments:

– Graduate in Nuclear Physics
– US Naval Officer
– Georgia State Senator (2 terms)
– Governor of Georgia
– Created 2 new cabinet-level departments: Department of Energy & Department of Education.
– Established a National Energy policy that included conservation, price control & new technology.
– Pursued Camp David Accords, the Panama Canal Treaties, the second round of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT II).
– He strongly emphasized human rights.

In 2004, Pres Carter condemned GW Bush and British PM Tony Blair for waging an unnecessary war "based upon lies and misinterpretations". He was very correct.

Pres Carter was light years ahead of the war mongering GW Bush – whom many Americans somehow deemed should have the benefit of a 2-term presidency (!)

No president in recent history inherited the mess that Pres Obama has. The Republicans have created a tactic of saying "no" to Obama regardless of the validity of his policies and propositions. Getting back into office (by any means) is more important to the GOP than cooperating towards any kind of improvement for Americans with the present Administration. This is clear.

The past Republican Administration inherited a record SURPLUS which they quickly turned into a record DEFICIT by the end of GW Bush's 2nd term. Is this what is meant by "best preparation" to lead???

GW Bush bungled attempt at the saying: "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me" – is what will happen if Americans are foolish enough to vote the Republicans into office.


Sara   September 27th, 2010 3:44 pm ET

President Carter is the best President United States has ever had. He is really humane. He has not attacked, bomed or invaded any country. He has always worked for peace and has helped millions of people around the world. I guess these qualities are not appreciated in U.S., but for us Europeans mean a lot. When Obama became President, we hoped that he would follow President Carter's advices, but instead he walked on the footprint of George Bush. We love Jimmy Carter and wish him long life and good health.


Terry Green   September 28th, 2010 11:19 pm ET

About our education system, all seem to have missed the point to a degree. Noone mentioned subject matter. Basic subjects are in place, yes, quality of the material is lacking, and how it all relates to what the main objective truely is...work, and measuring the differences of the European system, jobs, quality of products, and crime rates all figure into the solutions. People get preped for vocational training early in life, they learn trades, and if they choose to continue with higher education, (academics) then they have the options. I do firmly believe that vocational education, hands on training can provide the solutions we are desperately seeking. Many issues can be dealt with by revamping our current (boring) system and increase productivity, decrease crime and help eliminate the high drop-out rate.
I gave a complete detailed program to Sen. John Campbell who never got back to me like he promissed he would. I tried to give the Gov. of Calif. the same information, all I received was a form letter thanking me for my interest in his campaign. I have been in the education field for many years, I have 2 master degrees and yet I get form letters for trying to help with a serious problem, not just in Calif. but the U.S I hope you read this and pass it on to others who can help.


robert a bamulangeyo   September 29th, 2010 12:49 am ET

Allow me to first of all thank you for the great work you endevour to render to the world .my concern is with reguards to education .a good teacher, school is determined by their products/graduates triumph ,many colleges are just concerned about graduation.they dont mind about post graduation help/service to the students.they no longer consder the big load of loans they put to their products these are common in private schools but for me i always wonder how will the students do with the big loans schools are not being innovative to help students boost their careers but there is a saying which goes that when afish rots begins from the head.


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