There is a new generation of young Americans who have no idea of life was like during the Carter administration. The double-digit morgage rates, the hyperinflation, the gasoline shortages and lines, and the prolonged Iranian crisis.
Hardly anyone can imagine having to cut off your car engine and wait in line for three hours just so you could get ten dollars of gas for your car. But I remember it all too well. I also remember the terrible hopelessness and malaise an entire country felt when an impotent Carter could do nothing to free the hostages at the US embassy in Iran.
H. Ross Perot was so fed up with the impotence of the Carter administration that he had to organize his own special operations team as a private citizen in 1979 and go into Iran and rescue two of his company's employees. There is a book on the subject called "On the Wings of Eagles". I will never forget my grandmother telling that, that was the difference between a man (Perot) and a wimp (Carter).
I was in high school during Jimmy Carter's presidency and remember it vividly. The terrible malaise the entire country felt, and the feeling of the joy and relief that the entire nation felt when Ronald Reagan was elected president in a landslide election in 1980.
Jimmy Carter's comments about George W. Bush being the worst president in history are beyond bizzare and I'm sure the previously oppressed women in Afghanistan who can now attend school and vote would disagree with him so would many of the citizens of Iraq who so proudly raised their ink covered fingers finally free after so many years of living in a brutal dictatorship.