Could Obamas presidency benefit from Jimmy Carter helping with foreign affairs?”
I don’t think Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama are necessarily on the same page when it comes to foreign policy. That isn’t to say Carter couldn’t be useful to Obama. Jimmy Carter is trusted by the Palestinians and the Syrians. If there is to be peace in the middle east, it’s going to require trust between all involved parties. Obama will probably stick with the man he’s already sent for the time being (George Mitchell). Carter is also known for his work in monitoring international elections and probably will continue to work in that capacity.
Potentially. I think Jimmy Carter has gained more respect since he left office. He could be an asset to President Obama. However, so far, President Obama hasn’t needed help on foreign affairs. He has been very well-received during his trips to Europe and Asia. I think people all over the world are willing to give Obama a fair chance. If he makes a mistake down the line, though, Jimmy Carter may be a good person to pull in for assistance with the international community. Sources: It is my opinion.
And I certainly was not alone in drawing such comparisons. Carter, following the years of Richard Nixon’s Watergate and Gerald Ford’s pardon of Nixon, was viewed as an agent of real change. Like Obama, Carter’s past political career seemed foreign to most of the media — his southern-based political past looked small time and hard for the national media to grasp. Obama’s meteoric rise from Chicago-style politics to a brief stint in the Senate left him an enigma to many as well. While Carter chose to enter the White House with a clear effort to avoid the so-called “Washington Establishment,” President Obama has embraced Washington insiders in an effort to avoid amateur mistakes. http://townhall.com/columnists/MattTowery/2009/02/05/is_obama_the_next_jimmy_carter Barack Obama Goes the Full Jimmy Carter With His “New Foundation” April 14, 2009 01:07 PM ET | Robert Schlesinger |