Jimmy Carter And The Crisis Of Confidence, 30 Years On by Alex Balk July 15, 2009 Happy Malaise Day! (Yes, yes, he never said it.) This 33-minute address represented a seminal moment in American history: It’s the last time an American President thought that appealing to a shared sense of sacrifice while being frank and honest with the American people was a good idea. Jimmy Carter was a deeply flawed President, and one of the oddest men to ever hold the office (this year also marks the 30th anniversary of the amphibious killer rabbit attack), but it’s hard to look at this speech and not be amazed by the boldness of its aims or the implicit respect for the intelligence of the citizenry in its tone. Thank God everyone pulled together and we totally got the whole energy thing solved. Can you imagine what the world would be like today if we hadn’t? facebook twitter google+ pinterest email The "quiet" one. Read more by Alex Balk on The Awl Leandro Fresco, 'El Reino Invisible'Why Aren't You Sharing, Loser?Clark, "Flame Rave"You Know What's Terrible? Everything.'Nice Putin' Would Be A Good Name For A Band Blame Clark Clifford Jimmy Carter Politics Posts Demanded By Cho Video it was a riot The Lager Beer Riot and the Birth of Law and Order The More Things Change What Color Were Her Eyes? Things to Read Also, You Will Never Know Whether What You Call Love Is Experienced Comparably By The People Who Love You Culture (and TV) Leandro Fresco, 'El Reino Invisible' presented without commentary Lines from the New Yorker's 3.5-Star Yelp Listing book reports A Friendly Race With My Pal Nate P. surreal estate The Real Estate Broker Who Got Priced Out search queries This Week's "American Icons"