Wednesday, July 15th, 2009
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Jimmy Carter And The Crisis Of Confidence, 30 Years On


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?

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Abe Sauer (#148)

Yes. Too true. It's like one cannot even imagine an America where the basic assumption was that people are reasonable. As for the crisis, I think Carter should be proud that the average American now has an overabundance of confidence, if not employment, health, education or happiness.

El Matardillo (#586)

Despite the Bush years, it has become increasingly clear to me that Carter was indeed history's greatest monster.

What, no love for Le Lepus Oceanista? (Those interested in a closer reading–spoiler alert: Jimmy Carter is the Fourth Estate– DM me.)

The Miller Center is awesome, btw.

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