We have learned from a reliable source that any day now, we can expect Jimmy Carter to attack the late Shah of Iran for getting cancer and losing control of Iran and dying. The selfish act by the Shah caused Jimmy pain and grief and cost him to be denied his second term to the rascally rabbit and coincidentally dead Ronald Reagan.
Carter, the decisive, a peanut of a president, rabbit fighter and large thinker that he is will soon be going on a book tour. The gift that keeps on giving.
SEPTEMBER 16, 2010, 7:08 PM ET
Carter Criticizes Kennedy Over Health Care
By Mary Lu Carnevale WSJ
Former President Jimmy Carter sharply criticized the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, saying the Democratic icon, lionized for his career-long advocacy of health care for all Americans, actually delayed that goal by 30 years.
In an interview to be aired on CBS’s “60 Minutes, Carter tells reporter Leslie Stahl that “we would have had comprehensive health care now, had it not been for Ted Kennedy’s deliberately blocking the legislation that I proposed. It was his fault. Ted Kennedy killed the bill,” according to CBS.
He goes on to say Kennedy then challenged him in his 1980 re-election bid because, “He did not want to see me have a major success in that realm of life.”
Kennedy, one of the leading advocates for this year’s health care bill, died of a brain tumor before the sweeping overhaul was enacted in March. As he signed the bill, President Barack Obama honored Kennedy by wearing a blue “TedStrong” wristband. The new law, with a big price tag and requirement that most people must have insurance coverage, has now become an issue in the midterm elections.
Carter is getting ready to launch a new book, “White House Diary,” which is being released Monday by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. In an excerpt provided CBS, Carter writes: “Kennedy continuing his irresponsible and abusive attitude, immediately condemning our health plan. He couldn’t get five votes for his plan.”
Kennedy, too, had written about the clash with Carter – but saw it quite differently. In a July 18, 2009 article in Newsweek, Kennedy blamed Carter. “I tried to negotiate an agreement with President Carter but became frustrated when he decided that he’d rather take a piecemeal approach,” Kennedy wrote. “I ran against Carter, a sitting president from my own party, in large part because of this disagreement. Health reform became central to my 1980 presidential campaign: I argued then that the issue wasn’t just coverage but also out-of-control costs that would ultimately break both family and federal budgets, and increasingly burden the national economy.”