Charlotte, N.C. — Former President Jimmy Carter on Tuesday said President Barack Obama averted an economic crisis, ended an “ill-conceived war in Iraq,” and passed his health care overhaul in the face of “bitter” and “unprecedented partisan opposition.”
The four-minute video endorsement from Carter, who will turn 88 next month, was well received within the cramped confines of Time Warner Cable Arena. President Bill Clinton on Wednesday will formally nominate Obama for a second term — in person.
Carter’s grandson, state Sen. Jason Carter, D-Decatur, is a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, but was not in the hall this evening.
Said the elder Carter:
”In just four short years, [Obama] has worked to avert economic calamity, brought a dignified end to the ill-conceived war in Iraq, and signed into law historic health care reform – a dream that was already decades overdue when I called for it at this convention 36 years ago.
“And he’s done it all in the face of bitter, unyielding, in fact unprecedented partisan opposition.
“Overseas, President Obama has restored the reputation of the United States within the world community. Dialogue and collaboration are once again possible, with the return of a spirit of trust and good will to our foreign policy.”
President Bill Clinton, who will formally nominate Obama on Wednesday in person, is likely to emphasize a Democratic connection to the middle class. But Carter did as well:
”From President Obama’s first day in office, I’ve watched him – as I know you have – face these tough decisions and always put the interest of middle class Americans above other who, with a larger wallet, have an ever louder voice. I’ve admired him for that.
“Because President Obama sits behind that desk, every day people from Plains, Ga., to Pittsburgh have someone who’s on their side – thinking about them, working to give them an equal chance in life.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider