Jimmy Carter: I didn’t accuse conservatives of “racism-racism”

Posted by: ST on October 1, 2009 at 4:21 pm


Former President Jimmy Carter insisted Thursday that he did not say protests against President Barack Obama were driven by racism.

Carter touched off a firestorm three weeks ago when he said Rep. Joe Wilson’s (R-S.C.) “You Lie!” outburst was “based on racism” and that there “is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president.”

When asked about the comments Thursday during an interview on CNN however, Carter backed off the characterizations of his earlier remarks.

“By the way, that’s not what I said,” Carter interjected as he was being asked about the comment. “If you read the remarks carefully, you’ll see that’s not what I said.”

“I said those that had a personal attack on President Obama as a person, that was tinged with racism,” Carter explained. “But I recognize that people who disagree with him on health care or the environment, that the vast majority of those are not tinged by racism.”

“I meant exactly what I said,” he continued. “What I actually said, if you look at the transcript, is what I just repeated to you.”

Yes, let’s look at what you said, Mr. Carter (via MSNBC’s First Read):

In an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, former Democratic President Jimmy Carter attributed much of the conservative opposition that President Obama is receiving to the issue of race.

I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man,” Carter said. “I live in the South, and I’ve seen the South come a long way, and I’ve seen the rest of the country that share the South’s attitude toward minority groups at that time, particularly African Americans.”

Carter continued, “And that racism inclination still exists. And I think it’s bubbled up to the surface because of the belief among many white people, not just in the South but around the country, that African-Americans are not qualified to lead this great country. It’s an abominable circumstance, and it grieves me and concerns me very deeply.”

I guess he said it before he didn’t say it – or something like that. 8-|

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10 Responses to “Jimmy Carter: I didn’t accuse conservatives of “racism-racism””


  1. Kate says:

    …and he meant that sincerely, too. Whatever it was he said, he said. You just can’t rely on those pesky transcripts, they seem to be getting some liberals in trouble with their own words. So I guess Jimmy will have to defer to a greater word parser, Bill Clinton. 8-|

  2. Brontefan says:

    Not only was he formerly the worst president we have had in my lifetime, but he wanders around the world as a constant embarrassment.

  3. Ron Russell says:

    He wants to have it both ways, just like the current guy who holds the seat in the Oval Office, that is when he’s their and not off campaigning in Wonderful Copenhagen for his buddies back in Chicago.

  4. Carlos says:

    Thank God (literally) that I am not the judge of one’s salvation, but the Christian Bible does give a guideline as to pretty well tell if a sinner is saved or not: “By their deeds ye shall know them.”

    And, going on that basis, what with Jimmuh hating his own country and either lying through his teeth (not the first time, either) or having a very strong “senior moment” (Alzheimer’s), my guess is that he’d better prepare for a pretty hot eternity.

    Just a guess, understand, but one based on his actions, not my ideology.

  5. ShiftyJohn says:

    It is me or all these leftists just gutless cowards. They have no real apoosing arguements to speak of and generally rely on name calling and when they get called on it, they either give a half assed apology or slink away with their tales behind their legs.

  6. Jo says:

    He is a joke. But now he’s not the worst president in the history of the nation anymore. That guy is the one currently holding the office and leading us down the path of Socialism as fast as he can. I hope the ‘moderates’ and independents who voted for the jackass are happy.

  7. Carlos says:

    And I wish just the opposite, Jo. I hope all those buffoons and dead-brain-cells that voted for him, and all the enablers who helped him, are as miserable as the rest of us, now and in the ungodly future.

  8. Lorica says:

    It is an abomination that this man is still listened too by people in this country. He has proven he is anti-America, and anti-Semetic. For him to be taken seriously by anyone only proves the low reasoning abilities of people who would still respect him. – Lorica