Jimmy Carter: Barack Obama has faced ‘bitter,’ ‘unprecedented’ opposition

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

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94 comments Add your comment

ld

September 4th, 2012
8:08 pm

The economic rat race is never going to be an entirely “equal” sport; however, it would help to get all the “cheats” out of the game.

td

September 4th, 2012
8:14 pm

All Carter needs to do now is to define middle class? I bet his definition does not match the definition of most Americans.

cc

September 4th, 2012
8:34 pm

I watched Carter’s endorsement of the Kenyan with glee! The fact that Carter endorsed him is worth a million votes . . . for Romney!

Charles Douglas Edwards

September 4th, 2012
8:36 pm

Former President Jimmy is absolutely right in his comments about President Obama facing bitter and unprecedented partisan opposition.

Jimmy Carter is a true American hero.

We wish him and former First Lady Rosalyn Carter the best of luck and good health.

We HOPE and pray for the re-election of President Barack Obama !!!!!

Wolf Larson

September 4th, 2012
8:39 pm

Unprecedented, if you exclude any time prior to the last 4 years.

Otherwise, unprecedented opposition is what the former president faced. There was even a term coined for it: BDS.

Sheila

September 4th, 2012
8:42 pm

“And he’s done it all in the face of bitter, unyielding, in fact unprecedented partisan opposition.”
No – that was the atmosphere surrounding President Bush. The vitriol and name calling was ever present and all encompassing – from Hollywood, the media, and Democrats.

cc

September 4th, 2012
8:49 pm

Wolf Larson @ 8:39 pm:
Sheila @ 8:42 pm:

That is exactly the truth!

yuzeyurbrane

September 4th, 2012
8:57 pm

td-I am sure your definition of middle class includes yourself.

GAMECHANGER

September 4th, 2012
9:04 pm

Elephants walking around with their pants on fire trying to create a bunch of mean, mad, and angry white men. The problem is that their numbers are declining. It’s not gonna work.

President Carter is correct, he’s with the donkeys who’s pants are fitting very well.

Sensible folk will be blue in November.

Go Obama!

Tall

September 4th, 2012
9:06 pm

Mr. Edwards:

A rather cynical columnist recently published an editorial outlining the consequences of an Obama reelection for the Democrats. His observation is that four more years of the Obama administration along with a Democratic senate would doom the Democrats once and for all. I tend to agree with him.

double

September 4th, 2012
9:09 pm

YUB are you serious He’s uppity white class.Middle class fading fast.

hind tit

September 4th, 2012
9:26 pm

The man hasn’t sat behind a desk in four years unless it was on air force one or on the golf course.

Kris

September 4th, 2012
9:29 pm

Aha the good old days. A nice fireside chat with Jimmy, spoke the truth then and now.

Re-elect President BAMA

Kris

September 4th, 2012
9:30 pm

* Re-elect President OBAMA

GaBlue

September 4th, 2012
9:31 pm

Tall @ 9:06,

Toss a penny in the fountain and wish real hard, mmm-kay?

Bill

September 4th, 2012
9:38 pm

Send Obama Packing

September 4th, 2012
9:38 pm

The DNC has taken God out of its platform. I guess they are supporting his attitude that America is no longer a Christian nation. How stupid is that!

GaBlue

September 4th, 2012
9:39 pm

Kris,

“Do you have any Allman Brothers?”

resno2

September 4th, 2012
9:44 pm

The two worst presidents in US history walking hand in hand… priceless.

GaBlue

September 4th, 2012
9:44 pm

Send Obama Packing,

Just curious… what part of the Christian Bible is your favorite? The part where Jesus gives more money to the rich, tells the poor to suck it up, or asks the leper guy for his insurance card before healing his sores?

cc

September 4th, 2012
9:46 pm

hind tit @ 9:26 pm:

The Kenyan sits behind no desk. Desks are made for him to prop his feet upon . . . on the rare occasions he is there. Normally there is only an ‘empty chair’ behind the desk.

Chuck Allison

September 4th, 2012
10:05 pm

GaBlue, you really should read the Bible. It tells us to be generous to the poor. That means each person should give directly to the poor, and Republicans do much more of that than Dems according to surveys. But it is not generosity when the government seizes our resources with unfair taxes and then doles the money out to those dependent on entitlements in order to pay them to vote Democrat.
Democrats depend on ever increasing entitlements, unfair graduated taxation, and inflation-causing minimum wages to buy votes from those ignorant of the long term effects.

Bernie

September 4th, 2012
10:06 pm

Thank-You President Carter for your words of Wisdom. Like President Obama You too have been very much persecuted for your amazing Leadership as well. Many fail to see the value of your honesty and wisdom. Despite of those denial of Truth and reality, I want you to know that there is at least One Georgian here, that appreciates your service and Leadership on behalf of many in this Nation. May God continue to shower his many Blessings on You, your wife and entire family.

John Radney

September 4th, 2012
10:10 pm

Just hope and pray obamie falls like peanut did.

Kris

September 4th, 2012
10:12 pm

@GaBlue 9:39 pm ““Do you have any Allman Brothers?”

No but I do have some Doobie Brothers

Re-elect President OBAMA

cc

September 4th, 2012
10:13 pm

Bernie @ 10:06 pm:

Time for you to disappear. I’m sure that you don’t want to miss a single word of Moochelle’s speech. After the speech, why don’t you take a few days off? It will be a struggle but I think we’ll manage without you.

Rabbit

September 4th, 2012
10:14 pm

Convention: The speakers are on message and it doesn’t look good for the challenger.

lennon

September 4th, 2012
10:17 pm

Imagine a World sans regressive cons. Man, that would be sweet!

cc

September 4th, 2012
10:18 pm

Hmmm . . .

It appears that the Kenyan’s Hispanic support is flat and that he has lost large percentages of both the youth vote and the women’s vote.

Woe is him . . .

dan

September 4th, 2012
10:21 pm

cc,

It appears your skull is a empty, vacous wasteland of poo.

rick perry

September 4th, 2012
10:23 pm

hiram

September 4th, 2012
10:27 pm

Chance of Winning

Barack Obama
74.8%

Mitt Romney
25.2%

http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/author/nate-silver/

Don

September 4th, 2012
10:28 pm

How does he explain that for his first 2 years he had a Democratic Majority Congress that did not go along with his socialist ideas either.

Rabbit

September 4th, 2012
10:29 pm

Mayor Castro is an American hero.

Bernie

September 4th, 2012
10:34 pm

Don @ 10:28 pm – Do your research before you show your uninformed Ignorance. The actual time of a real and true Democratic Majority was a whole (72) seventy-two DAYS!

WOW! that one Freaked you out I am sure.! I dare you to check it out and learn something.

Instead of the Garbage that is being spoon fed to you by channel 37.

Peanut Butter

September 4th, 2012
10:34 pm

Jimmy needs to stay in Plains and make some Peanut Butter he was the worst President of our lifetime. Maybe he and Barack Hussian Obama can oversee the next elections in Kenya. Has there ever been a man elected to President in two different countries?? Just asking?????

Bernie

September 4th, 2012
10:36 pm

cc: fasten your seat belt and pull your HOOD down tight! You are in for surprise come November! The women Vote against the Republicans will be Astounding in its depth.

Rabbit

September 4th, 2012
10:43 pm

Two thumbs up.
1. For health care affordable to my child.
2. The jobs saved by buttressing GM
3. For getting The unnecessary war in Iraq out of our pocketbooks.
4. For planning to leave Afghanistan.
5. For naming good folk to the Supreme Court.
6. For taking the high road.
7. For staying optimistic.
8. For bailing out the banks who needed it but didn’t deserve it.
9. For education.
10. President Obama.

hiram

September 4th, 2012
10:46 pm

@peanut butt…

You’re from Kenya too…

Feb 26, 2009 – The earliest footprints showing evidence of modern human foot anatomy and gait have been unearthed in Kenya. The 1.5-million-year-old …
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7913375.stm

cc

September 4th, 2012
10:48 pm

“In the 11 swing states, Mitt Romney now attracts 46% of the vote, while President Obama earns 44%. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided. In 2008, Obama won these states by a combined margin of 53% to 46%, virtually identical to his national margin. The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows Mitt Romney attracting support from 47% of voters nationwide, while President Obama earns 45% of the vote. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided.”

Source: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

honested

September 4th, 2012
10:50 pm

Rabbit,

THanks for stating the facts.
With all the wrong wing nuts repeating the nonsense they heard on the am radio, it’s nice to remember what has happened since 2009, and to put it in stark relief to the absolute disaster that occurred from 2001-2008.

How quickly the narrow minded forget.

honested

September 4th, 2012
10:51 pm

cc,

You can read!!

Now tell us what the real, grown-up, accurate polls say.

cc

September 4th, 2012
10:52 pm

The DNC had a video tribute to Ted Kennedy, the only politician with a confirmed kill in the War on Women.

honested

September 4th, 2012
10:55 pm

cc,

Didn’t Ted Kennedy learn from his mistake and turn his life around?

Oh yeah, I forgot, conserrrrrrrrvatives don’t learn from anything.

Rabbit

September 4th, 2012
10:55 pm

Helping others is not socialism.

Amina

September 4th, 2012
10:55 pm

OUR PRESIDENT OBAMA whether you like or respect him he gets my vote again. President Obama 2012! Jimmy Carter is correct. Only a BLACK MAN can handle all of that bitter mean, ugly and disrespectful hatred and still take care of what he aimed after. Taking care of the American people. No other president faced what President Obama has faced and he still came out on top. You go Obama. I am proud of our President!

Whatarewebecoming

September 4th, 2012
10:57 pm

A man I worked for and who was true capitalist..said it is ok to disagree but not be disagreeable..the scary thing..about the racist comments..calling Our First Lady..”moochelle”. Wow! Is that I probably work with you, serve on committees with you…why not wear your sheet all the time?

hiram

September 4th, 2012
10:58 pm

“…the Hawaii Senate race, in which Rasmussen, in a poll completed three weeks before the election, showed incumbent Daniel Inouye only 13 points ahead, whereas in actuality he won by a 53% margin[64] – a difference of 40 points from Rasmussen’s poll, or “the largest error ever recorded in a general election in FiveThirtyEight’s database, which includes all polls conducted since 1998.”

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2010/election_2010_senate_elections/hawaii/election_2010_hawaii_senate

Amina

September 4th, 2012
10:59 pm

Very good point. The republicans and all of Obama’s haters have no class or decency just hatred

cc

September 4th, 2012
11:00 pm

honested @ 10:55 pm:

“Didn’t Ted Kennedy learn from his mistake and turn his life around?”

People in the real world who make a ‘mistake’ like that go to prison.