In a biting rebuke, the White House on Sunday dismissed former President Jimmy Carter as "increasingly irrelevant" after his harsh criticism of President Bush.

Carter was quoted Saturday as saying "I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history."

The Georgia Democrat said Bush had overseen an "overt reversal of America's basic values" as expressed by previous administrations, including that of his own farther, former President George H.W. Bush.

"I think it's sad that President Carter's reckless personal criticism is out there," White House spokesman Tony Fratto responded Sunday from Crawford, where Bush spent the weekend.

"I think it's unfortunate," Fratto said. "And I think he is proving to be increasingly irrelevant with these kinds of comments."

Carter made the comments to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in a story that appeared in the newspaper's Saturday editions.

Carter spokeswoman Deanna Congileo confirmed his comments to The Associated Press on Saturday and declined to elaborate.


  1. While Carter has done a lot of good since he left office, let us not forget how he was a proponent of supporting the Contras in Central America.

    As far as Carter’s irrelevancy: Unless a person can CHANGE things, he/she IS irrelevant.
    Unfortunately, Bush’s war machine has made all peace initiatives completely irrelevant. Unless enough people in government stop him soon, Bush will bring us into World War III

    Just last night I read this headline:

  2. Snow — who is the pot that calls the kettle black — and his Bushmaster have never done anything useful. Carter fights river blindness, Guinea Worm, poverty, unfair election officials, and helps to build houses. Bush clears brush and rides his bike. Let history determine who is irrelevant.

  3. You guys are a tough act to follow. I’m just a country boy that worked his way up through the ranks to Captain and never had the educational advantage of the Naval Academy. All of my knowledge of history has been learned as you go. But, being the working stiff they always called upon when there was a mission that absolutely had to be accomplished, I developed a real pride and love for my country and those who actually did what had to be done to make it great.

    Jimmy Carter would always serve as a symbol of the true American for me. Giving of himself for the betterment of others. One of the larger cogs in the wheel. Irrelevant is never a word that could be applied to him. I can’t match the preceeding comments of you posters but I view that the reply from the White House is especially ludicrous coming from an administration that more closely resembles the GONG show than anything else. In fact, it’s difficult for me not to take it personally from the military perspective knowing for a fact that George W. Bush deserted his Air National Guard post in time of war while I and the others had our lives on the line.

    I’m well aware of Mr. Carter’s military service. It was exceptional. For a deserter to call him irrelevant is beyond words to describe and a slap in the face of every person who put on the uniform and served this nation and makes George W. Bush the lowest form of being ever to occupy the White House as a President of the United States of America. Through this expression he has clearly defined why he is the most incompetent Commander In Chief in history. Obviously, he doesn’t understand relevence.

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