An advance clip of an interview of Jimmy Carter by Andrea Mitchell, for Meet the Press tomorrow. Carter says that Obama doesn’t call him for advice. Why not?
“That’s a hard question for me to answer, you know, with complete candor,” Carter said in response to Mitchell’s question about why Carter’s other successors — Clinton, both Bushes, and even Reagan — called upon him, but not Obama.
“I think the problem was that — in dealing with the issue of peace in between Israel and Egypt — the Carter Center has taken a very strong and public position of equal treatment between the Palestinians and the Israelis. And I think this was a sensitive area in which the president didn’t want to be involved,” he added.
Here’s the full exchange, as reported by Joseph Wiesenthal.
Carter is considered so radioactive on this issue that he didn’t show up at the last Democratic convention, had to speak by video.
This reminds us of Howard Dean’s great mistake in 2003, when he said that the U.S. must be “evenhanded” in dealing with the conflict. He quickly changed course.
And it reminds us of Obama’s original sin, when he said in 2008 that Palestinians were suffering the most and had to correct himself:
“Nobody is suffering more than the Palestinian people.”
Obama later stated during a presidential debate that he had actually been indicting the Palestinian leadership for causing the Palestinians’ suffering.