×
Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - In Google Play
VIEW
×
Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - On the App Store
VIEW
Skip to main content
Tags: jonathan alter | jimmy carter | president | historian | democrat

Jonathan Alter to Newsmax TV: Carter a 'Political Failure,' Better Known for Post Presidency

(Newsmax TV's "American Agenda")

By    |   Tuesday, 01 December 2020 05:15 PM

Bestselling author and TV commentator Jonathan Alter admitted to Newsmax TV on Tuesday that former President Jimmy Carter was a "political failure" and is probably more fondly remembered for his post presidential years than his time in office.

Alter, a former columnist and senior editor for Newsweek, is the author of three presidential biographies of Democrats, including Franklin Roosevelt and Barack Obama. His most recent, published Sept. 29, reviews the life of Jimmy Carter: "His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, a Life."

"He was a political failure," Alter told "American Agenda," without referring to some of the notable issues of Carter's presidency, such as 52 Americans diplomats who were held hostage in Iran for more than a year, the 1979 oil shock, the energy crisis, and stagflation.

"I make an argument that he was a substantive success, in that much legislation went through in his four years. And, actually, just as a matter of record in terms of major pieces of legislation passed, quite a number went through, many more than say under President [Donald] Trump and some other American presidents.

"So, this is a myth that Carter didn't accomplish anything as president," Alter added, without specifying anything in particular. "But obviously he's not in the first rank of presidents, by any means."

While referring to Carter's electoral landslide loss to Ronald Reagan, Alter did not mention Carter’s 1979 Oval Office address, often referred to as the "malaise" speech, in which he spoke of a "crisis of confidence" Americans faced.

"His post presidency is what people tend to recognize him for," Alter said. "He's nearly eradicated Guinea worm disease, he's done a good job monitoring elections all over the world, and he's made peace ... the same way he did between Israel and Egypt when he was president, at Camp David."

Important: See Newsmax TV now carried in 70 million cable homes, on DirecTV Ch. 349, Dish Network Ch. 216, Xfinity Ch. 1115, Spectrum, U-verse Ch. 1220, FiOS Ch. 615, Optimum Ch. 102, Cox cable, Suddenlink Ch. 102, CenturyLink 1209, Mediacom Ch. 277, Frontier 615 or Find More Cable Systems – Click Here.

© 2022 Newsmax. All rights reserved.


Newsmax-Tv
Bestselling author and TV commentator Jonathan Alter admitted to Newsmax TV on Tuesday that former President Jimmy Carter was a "political failure" and is probably more fondly remembered for his post presidential years than his time in office. Alter, a former columnist and...
jonathan alter, jimmy carter, president, historian, democrat
352
2020-15-01
Tuesday, 01 December 2020 05:15 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

Sign up for Newsmax’s Daily Newsletter

Receive breaking news and original analysis - sent right to your inbox.

(Optional for Local News)
Privacy: We never share your email address.
Join the Newsmax Community
Read and Post Comments
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
 
TOP

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
Download the NewsmaxTV App
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved