Former United States President Jimmy Carter recently remarked that his work as an ex-president on a number of important domestic and international issues made him superior to other ex-presidents. It is true that Jimmy Carter has had a very productive ex-presidency as he has routinely volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and often flies to North Korea to free misguided American tourists who amble into Kim Jung-Il’s grasp. Not to be outdone, several other ex-presidents that chose Bill Clinton and George W. Bush have decided to push the case that their ex-presidency was even more productive than Carter’s. Ten opposing viewpoints are listed below.
1. When told about the Carter interview, President Clinton reportedly said, ” Hold the phone, . . . I don’t believe Jimmy Carter has heard of the Clinton Global Initiative which is hoping to raise awareness about the global AIDS pandemic and has raised billions of dollars. This isn’t a peanut farm operation but a world class aid organization. “
2. George W. Bush brought up the fact that he occasionally donates canned goods to Boys Scouts in Texas, and he also replied that the, “work of the decider is done when he leaves the White House.”
3. Hillary Clinton responded to Carter by saying that after she is elected to two terms in the White House, she plans to spearhead the construction of a Hillary Clinton Presidential Library that will be so big that it will make the Carter Presidential Library look like a “doll house.”
4. The family of former President Ronald Reagan, who passed away due to Alzheimer’s disease, contested Cater’s statement by saying that Reagan single handedly brought down the Soviet Union in the late 1980’s and as an ex-president lead a team of astronaut commandos to Mars to wipe out a Martian invasion force.
5. Bill Clinton also added that he made a “delivery boy” trip to North Korea to pick up American hostages himself, and that should be included in the tally when Congress votes on who was the best ex-president of the 20th Century. He also noted that Kim-Jung Il views a visit by Clinton as more prestigious than that by a one term president.
6. President Obama, who is not yet an ex-president, said that he plans on building “three times as many Habitat homes” as President Carter, even if he has to do it with his own bare hands. He also raised the possibility that he will be made health care czar should he lose in 2012.
7. Former one term president and vice president to Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, said that his ex-presidential term was the “most active” of all the ex-presidents as he often made trips to the White House to help his son, George W. Bush read difficult to understand articles published in the New York Times. He also says that he may have had a “surprisingly big role” in the decision to invade Iraq and Afghanistan, making him perhaps the most powerful ex-president in decades.
8. Aides for former Pres. Richard Nixon said that despite popular perception, Nixon completed much in his ex-presidency as he wrote several books on international relations with China well he served his five year jail sentence in a Virginia prison.
9. Former Pres. Bill Clinton also said that while Jimmy Carter has done a lot of, “International Showboating”, at least his wife is Secretary of State.
10. Former Vice Pres. Al Gore filed a waiver to be included among the list of highly accomplished ex-presidents based on the fact that he won a Noble peace prize and the popular vote for the presidency in the year 2000. Nonetheless, Carter has criticized Gore’s claims to greatness by saying that he is just a, “country bumpkin from the backcountry in Tennessee.”
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September 21, 2010
TRENDING: Carter declares his superiority to other presidents
Posted: September 21st, 2010 09:11 AM ET