A while back a reader posted a question to the blog wondering why it seemed like ex-presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton were always all sour patches whenever near each other. I suggested a combination of ego, massive ego and perceived disrespect on both sides (but mostly Clinton’s, since Carter was largely unpopular when he left office and Clinton didn’t need Carter when he ran for president in 1992.)
I was right about the ego part, but apparently Bill thinks Jimmy cost him the governor’s manse in 1980? Really, Willy? Jimmy was unpopular, but what the heezy did that have to do with “The Natural State?” Reagan turned the whole country red and the economy was sucking balls. It was every Democrat for him and herself, Bill. Man up, for reals.
Former Democratic President Jimmy Carter appeared to greet former Republican President George H.W. Bush and his wife warmly, kissing Barbara Bush on the cheek. But as Carter passed fellow Democrats Bill and Hillary Clinton, the two men did not appear to acknowledge each others presence at all.
President Carter disputes there was any snub and says any suggestion there was is “erroneous.” Through a spokesperson at the Carter Center in Atlanta, the former President told ABC News that he had earlier spent a half hour talking to the Clintons and therefore wanted to use the opportunity to say hello to the Bushes while he could. According to the spokesperson, cameras only caught the later encounter.
Relations between the Carters and the Clintons have reportedly been frosty for years, dating back to 1980, when Carter’s landslide defeat to Ronald Reagan may have cost Clinton the Arkansas governor’s mansion. At least that’s what Clinton reportedly believed.
In the 90s Clinton was said to resent some of Carter’s freelance diplomacy. Carter, for his part, spared no criticism of Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.