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Jimmy Carter: The People Have Decided

From Georgia’s Columbus Ledger-Enquirer:

Former President Carter guesses Egypt’s Mubarak ‘will have to leave’

Carter calls Egyptian crisis ‘most profound situation in the Middle East since I left office’

Monday, Jan. 31, 2011

PLAINS, Ga. — Former President Jimmy Carter called the weeklong political unrest and rioting in Egypt an “earth shaking event” and said that the country’s president, Hosni Mubarak, “will have to leave.”

Carter’s remarks came at Maranatha Baptist Church, where he regularly teaches a Sunday School class to visitors from across the country and globe.

“This is the most profound situation in the Middle East since I left office,” Carter said Sunday to the nearly 300 people packed into the small sanctuary about a half mile from downtown Plains.

Carter spent the first 15 minutes of his 50-minute class talking about Egypt

As the Egyptian unrest has escalated, Carter said he has been watching closely on his computer the coverage on Al Jazeera, an international news network headquartered in Qatar

Naturally he would go to Al Jazeera for his news.

“I know Mubarak quite well,” Carter said. “If Sadat had a message, he would send Mubarak.”

So Mr. Carter knows "quite well" every lackey who ever delivered a message?

As Mubarak’s 30-year rule has continued, the Egyptian leader has “become more politically corrupt,” Carter said.

“He has perpetuated himself in office,” Carter said. Carter said he thought the unrest would ease in the next week, but he said his “guess is Mubarak will have to leave.”

“The United States wants Mubarak to stay in power, but the people have decided,” Carter said

Really? It’s that easy? Just have a few demonstrations? And here we were thinking Mr. Carter was a proponent of elections.

(Just kidding. We have never really believed that. Like Mr. Obama, Mr. Carter has never met a dictator he didn’t like.)

“Other U.S. presidents would privately tell Mubarak you have got to have freedom,” Carter said.

The former president pointed to the control of the media. “As news organizations — television or newspapers — criticized Mubarak, they were put out of power or in prison,” Carter said.

Something Mr. Carter would like to do to Fox News and Talk Radio.

As the unrest raged and escalated, Mubarak appointed Omar Suleiman, the country’s intelligence chief, as vice president. “He’s an intelligent man whom I like very much,” Carter said.

Carter has maintained a relationship with Suleiman over the years.

Well, that settles it. Suleiman it is!

“In the last four or five years when I go to Egypt, I don’t go to talk to Mubarak, who talks like a politician,” Carter said. “If I want to know what is going on in the Middle East, I talk to Suleiman. And as far as I know, he has always told me the truth.”

In other words these two see eye to eye. Which means Mr. Suleiman must be a raging anti-Semite, too.

The former president, who performs work throughout the world for fair elections through The Carter Center in Atlanta, said this was not a revolution “orchestrated by extremist Muslims.

“The Muslim brotherhood has stayed out of it,” Carter said.

Mind you, Mr. Carter knows this from reading Al Jazeera.

Carter’s Sunday School class was attended by people from at least 19 states and three foreign countries — Venezuela, China and Bulgaria.

Each of whom would probably be in a far better position to lecture Mr. Carter about the dangers of dictatorships, than he is to lecture them.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, January 31st, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Jimmy Carter: The People Have Decided”

  1. proreason says:

    They have no shame. None at all. A total inability to see oneself is the first requirement to become a progressive nut.

  2. DANEgerus says:

    If Jimmy Carter(D) cared about the people deciding he wouldn’t have endorsed Hugo Chavez repeated fraud-u-lections over the objections of his own Carter Center.

  3. TerryAnne says:

    Carter’s Sunday School class was attended by people from at least 19 states and three foreign countries — Venezuela, China and Bulgaria.

    Because we all know those people certainly came to his class for the Biblical teachings and warm feelings they’d get from such a stellar Christian. I’m loving this spin the media tried to put on the article.

    • Mae says:

      Exactly, TerryAnne, what a sad commentary on these poor souls and their spirituality. If Carter were just an average Joe teaching a Christian Sunday school class, would they come thousands of miles to sit under his tutelage, even if they had heard about what a good class it was? The desire to be with someone famous is overwhelming, something to write home about and put photos on FB. I pray these visitors are searching instead for the Lord Jesus and not for a human to emulate.

  4. P. Aaron says:

    And the left wants to claim that Reagan was senile while in office.

  5. canary says:

    Seriously, Carter and his wife both need adult supervision in the home. No nursing home should have deal with wacko Jimmy Carter.

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