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Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton’s Frosty Relations Explained (ABC News)

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.

From ABC News’ Political Radar blog:

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.

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3 thoughts on “Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton’s Frosty Relations Explained (ABC News)

  1. Bill Clinton is everything Jimmy Carter is not…except a former Southern Governor.Bill Clinton is self-serving, self-aggrandizing, vain, pompous, libidnous, undisciplined and a master gladhander who almost brought down the whole damn party DESPITE having 8 yrs of economic vibrancy (influenced by the tech bubble or not) who broke the bank the second he got off Marine One on January 20, 2001.Jimmy Carter is a solemn, serious, humble, truthful to the point of nausea, public servant who spent the last seconds of his term lobbying to free the Hostages and then spent the rest of his life helping anyone he could get near only to have to listen to Bill Clinton complaining about his rogue diplomacy in between appointments with Monica Lewinsky.If Jimmy and Jesus werent THIS close, Jimmy woulda Stole on Bill years ago.

  2. I am disgusted to see the comments people are making about Bill Clinton and Hillary too. You hypocrites were probably the same people touting Bill as "The First Black President". Now that Obama has popped on the scene, people have conveniently forgotten the praise they have bestowed upon Bill Clinton. OK, Clinton has ego. And Carter damn well has ego too! You would also if you had their stature. Bill Clinton by far was a better President than Jimmy Carter. I like Carter. I was happy that he won a Nobel Peace prize. I thought he was a great example of "from failure comes success". I think the Carter/Clinton spat is silly on both sides. Let bygones be bygones. You’re not getting any younger gentlemen. You are part of the smallest, most exclusive club.

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