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Jimmy Carter Continues To Be Most Awesome Living Ex-President

A sweater? Why not hiphuggers, lovebeads and patchouli too??All y’all with your Bubba hard-ons can leave right now until the next post comes on. Official Wonkette Editorial Policy proclaims Jimmy Carter the bitchinest, raddest, most fuckin’ greatest of all living ex-presidents and probably the dead ones too.

Former President Jimmy Carter said that he favored legalizing marijuana during a panel discussion broadcast on CNN Tuesday.

“I’m in favor of it. I think it’s OK,” Carter said at the forum, which was taped Friday. “I don’t think it’s going to happen in Georgia yet, but I think we can watch and see what happens in the state of Washington, for instance around Seattle, and let the American government and let the American people see does it cause a serious problem or not.”

This, of course, is in contrast to our beloved B. Barry Bamz, whose Justice Department is thinking of new and creative ways to screw Washington state and Colorado and nice downtown LA medical marijuana dispensaries WHO NEVER HURT ANYONE as we speak.

Carter added that he thought it was appropriate to allow states like Washington and Colorado — which voted last month to legalize recreational marijuana use — to see how marijuana legalization would look.

“All drugs were decriminalized in Portugal a few years ago and the use of drugs has gone down dramatically and nobody has been put in prison,” Carter said. […]

“When I was president, in 1979 I made my definitive speech about drugs and I called for the decriminalization of marijuana,” Carter said. “This was in 1979 — not for the legalization but the decriminalization to keep people from being put in prison just because they were smoking a marijuana cigarette.”

How hard is it to be an old white man (almost a nonagenarian even), use the term “marijuana cigarette” and still be the coolest guy on the block? NOT TOO HARD FOR JIMMY CARTER, THAT’S WHAT.

Hahaha, stupid Jimmy Carter, with his call for decriminalization and that embarrassing way he put solar panels on the White House roof like a common hippie. Thank God we had Ronald Reagan move in and take them down.


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    1. Giveusabob

      This would be the universe where we all get gay-married (for free) at the drive-in, interdemoninational chapels installed at every metro stop in the country. And every city and town would have a metro transit system. And those systems would run on biodiesel derived from peanuts.

      1. orygoon

        Peanuts and lots of spices make the most awesome African-type stew, which is another wonderful thing about all this.

        1. Giveusabob

          True story: a local cafe used to serve this awesome African peanut stew, including yams and kale. Then the e-coli peanut contanimation scare happened, and the stew was taken off the cafe's menu out of fear of liability. I pleaded for them to make me the stew anyway, offering to sign some sort of liability waiver and even bring in my own damned peanuts. They still refused. A sad day.

    2. Negropolis

      Somewhere in another alternative universe, James Earl Jones is president and he rules with an iron (robotic) fist.

      1. Barbara_

        Soros, I watched the unrated version of the movie Ted last night. That bear with the bong was hilarious.

    1. herecomedajudge

      I can think of 420 reasons why Jimmy is def….unless I get high first….then maybe only….jeez too late

  1. corthylio

    Will we ever have another sweater-wearing, solar-panel-installing Commander in Chief?

    (Nostalgic sigh…)

  2. Lot_49

    Used to work with an avid conservatard. One afternoon in bar car of the Metroliner coming back from New York he declared Saint Ronnie of SB the greatest prez ever, Carter's an idiot, blah blah…I said, "When your country's having an election and you want someone to come verify that it's honest and fair, who do you call—Reagan or Carter?"

    He got so mad he couldn't speak.

    1. Guppy

      One afternoon in bar car of the Metroliner coming back from New York he declared Saint Ronnie of SB the greatest prez ever


      1. Negropolis

        I thought the poorly groomed aspect was more a Portland thing? Seattle is like Portland that graduated from college.

  3. SorosBot

    But wait, according to the right-wing and the media he was the Worst President Ever! So what if actual facts show he did a great job, the mythology is more important.

    1. Schmannnity

      And Reagan won the Cold War, not seven predecessors, the American people, and trillions in tax dollars. Who knew you only had to demand: Tear Down This Wall?

      1. SorosBot

        His Tough Talking won the Cold War! No, he wasn't just lucky to have been in office just before Gorbachev decided to end the Cold War for reasons that had nothing to do with America's actions.

        1. sullivanst

          To be fair, allowing arms-race spending to run away to the point it became a severe threat even to the world's largest (by very far, at the time) economy did have something to do with at least the timing of the USSR's fiscal woes becoming so great that Gorbachev saw the end of the communist dictatorship as inevitable one way or another.

      1. DCBloom

        True, he has said many times that he doesn't agree with everything his church says, particularly regarding women.

    1. BadKitty904

      The incredibly noticeable difference is that Mr. Carter actually tries to practice what he preaches…

      1. Tommy1733

        Surely nothing burns a fake Christian more than seeing Jimmy Carter demonstrating how to practice the faith properly. No wonder the wrong wing hate him so much.

    2. Negropolis

      That was back when evangelicals were socially aware. It's crazy that Jimmy Carter was swept into office by them but the Dems couldn't keep them in the party for anything longer than a single term. It's about the fastest realignment of a group in modern American political history.

  4. DerrickWildcat

    Sure. Fine. If you want to smoke your drug cigarettes, just be prepared to spend a lot of your time laughing and having fun with your friends. Is that really the road you want to go down?
    Is it?

    1. YouFail4eva

      No, Mr. Derrick, anything but that! What should I do to lead a bland, pointless existence where I'm too scared to do anything?

      Oh, vote Republican? Well that was easy.

  5. EatsBabyDingos

    My wife works for a certain airline at DCA and has met many politicos/celebrities over the years. The worst was Justin Beiber getting in her face for taking a picture with her phone (WHAT THE FUCK!!! he screamed). The best has always been the Carters. Mrs. Carter wanted to dump her cold coffee but couldn't find a trash can, and asked if my wife could help. Wife takes trash and then Rosslyn thanks her at least five times and then insists wife's friend take a picture of wife with the Carters. Then Mr. Carter thanked my wife. For throwing away a McCoffee cup.

      1. shelwood46

        The more direct comparison would be charming Mitt, giving a barista the dregs of his hot chocolate and calling it a tip.

    1. orygoon

      I have a very nice book called "Power Lines" which was written by one of JC's grandsons about his experience in the Peace Corps. (He was scared witless before he went, because he was afraid he wouldn't measure up to the record laid down by his great-grandma, who went to India in the Peace Corps when she was seventy or so.) Anywhere, somewhere in this book he told a story of his grandfather stopping at a fast food place for a bite. A youngish girl spotted him and was kind of overcome. She ran over to him and blurted "DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE?" and, well, he did, but he was incredibly gracious about it. If only we all had as much class as these folks.

    2. ProgressiveInga

      In my jerb, I get to collaborate with the Carter Center on issues related to mental health and it is such a pleasure to be in a room with her and hear her passion and commitment to people living with mental illness. Also, she's tiny.

      True story.

    1. Lot_49

      Another of his virtues: he's not constantly on teevee scolding us all for "our" deficit spending, saying the only way to save the economy is to stick it to Grandma.

      1. Negropolis

        I know that Justice is a notoriously difficult department to clean out and control, but even just symbolically making statements to bring them into line would help if even the policy didn't much change.

        Justice has gone rogue; it must be roped back in.

    1. BadKitty904

      My parents think this guy is the bestest ever. And the more I read about 'im, the more I can see why…a man who genuinely embodies and practices genuine American values.

  6. Lizzietish81

    Was born during the Reagan era, so I never understood the whole "Carter is the worst!" meme.

    And of course having grown up in Reagan's America I don't get why he's so canonized.

    1. SorosBot

      I was born during Carter's time and grew up under Reagan, and thanks to him I spent many nights as a child afraid that I would not wake up because the bombs would go off while I was asleep. Fuck him, and those who pretend he was some great leader.

      1. BigSkullF*ckingDog

        I used to sit in my elementary school classroom and watch out the window for the parachutes from Red Dawn. Until my brother sat me down with a map and explained how we would get nuked due to the location of Bangor nuclear submarine base. Ah the 80s.

    2. Lot_49

      1. The capture of the embassy in Iran, which is somehow viewed by conservatards as shameful to us, when it was the Iranian revolutionaries who violated the norms of civilized society because they perceived (correctly) that the Shah was a tool of Big Oil and Big Defense.
      2. Desert One, the failed rescue of the hostages in Iran.
      3. High inflation and unemployment.
      4. Attacked by a swimming rabbit while fishing with Hannibal Jordan.
      5. Presidential sibling Billy, who collected beer cans.

      1. herecomedajudge

        don't forget
        the extremely high interest rates
        one of the coldest winters on record (1977) with its fuel rationing (see above)
        zero trust in guvment (see Watergate)
        and maybe the zinger of all zingers: Carter boycotted the summer Olympics held in Moscow to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan (which, if you want to get down to brass tacks, that invasion eventually led to the chaos and utter breakdown of Afghan society which led to the Taliban and…you do the math)

        Bottom line, deck was stacked against Carter, and he did and continues to do the right thing, regardless of popular opinion. In my book, one of the best POTUS of the 20th century

        1. Lot_49

          Ah yes! Because nothing is more important than stick-and-ball games, foot races, and rhythmic gymnastics.

          1. herecomedajudge

            Yeah, he had the balls to do one of the most unpopular things in the History of live TELEVISION, during the summer of an election year! Whether one agrees or not, that's conviction**

            **sorry unabashed Carter fan** read any or all of his books, he's good

    3. Steverino247

      I had a clearance during the Reagan Administration and why he and the rest of his cabal didn't go to prison is beyond me. They fucked EVERYTHING up.

  7. kittensdontlie

    During 1979, Carter deregulated the American beer industry by opening access of the home-brew market to the craft brewers, making it legal to sell malt, hops, and yeast to American home brewers for the first time since the effective 1920 beginning of Prohibition in the United States.–Wiki

    Thank you, Mr. Carter.

  8. delaney_blom

    I'm in favor of it. I think it's OK . . . I'm more of a speedball man myself, but I guess you gotta start somewhere.

  9. Lascauxcaveman

    "to keep people from being put in prison just because they were smoking a marijuana cigarette.”

    Old guy cuts to the gist. I love straight talking old guys, and their ancient terminology.

    On a personal note, I remember getting high the day I met Jimmy Carter. He came to the teevee station where I worked in Seattle to promote his book on the afternoon gabfest. That night I was at band practice, and Lee or Darryn had just scored some weed, so of course we were lighting up, and I got to say "Hey, guess who I shook hands with today…"

    1. delaney_blom

      "As we complete the 40th year of the fascisocialist Kenyan regime, through which I provided the American people with salvation in the form of government heatlchcare and government cheese, let's remember Jimmy Carter, who 4 years into my benevolent reign, reminded us that weed's OK"

      or something like that.

  10. Goonemeritus

    “Jimmy Carter Continues To Be Most Awesome Living Ex-President.”

    This is only true because John Quincy Adams is no longer with us.

  11. slappy_maxwell

    There he goes again, tryin to kill good Amurican jobs that are lockin' up the coloreds and keeping our streets safe.
    How is them drug companies with the fancy names gonna keep makin' so much money?
    They can only make so many boner pills.

  12. walterhwhite

    What is wrong with Jimmy Carter? He has spent all of his time as ex-prez working on social causes (such as Habitat for Humanity), election monitoring abroad, and working for peace. He should either be jailed or forced to undergo a psych exam for not spending his days playing golf and giving speeches for mucho buckos. I mean, how can we have an ex-prez who feels a responsibility to his fellow humans? (Ok, ok, Bill Clinton has done a lot of good as ex-prez, too, but we can forgive him that 'cuz he's a bad boy.)

    1. Lizzietish81

      To be fair Bush Sr. often accompanies Clinton whenever there's a disaster and they show up together like prom dates.

      Its so cute.

  13. CrunchyKnee

    Carter was my first preznit vote. I haz an old. Good thing I have my one-hitter loaded for lunch time.

      1. bobbert

        Chet, I remember the Boy Scout on the teevee demonstrating the new and improved Pledge of Allegiance.

        Also, schwas.

  14. GoodDogThor

    … and Carter concluded with "now pass the duchy to the left-hand side!"

    Also, we would have accepted "ripping bong hits" in addition to "marijuana cigarette".

  15. Estproph

    Carter wouldn't be considered the worst president if Reagan's hoods hadn't illegally talked the Iranians into holding our hostages longer for weapons trades. They were going to be released in August 1980, meaning Carter's strategy worked. But the anti-American thugs in the repub party had to have their little dog and pony show about how Murka Is So Badass etc etc, and they committed treason doing it.

  16. DCBloom

    When I was about 14, Pres. Carter visited our hometown and I got to meet him. He was the most genuine politician I ever met and I have been in love love with him ever since. He is my hero and always will be.

    That's all, nothing to snark about

    1. DerrickWildcat

      That is cool!
      I got to shake Bill Clinton's hand in front of the Quinnipiac Club when he was running for President. He looked me right in the eye and said, "Thanks Man!" A couple of years later Hillary was on the Green across the street, but there was a big crowd so I reached to touch her and some guy grabbed my hand and said, "No."

      1. DCBloom

        Yep, seems to me Secret Service has gotten a lot stricter. I went to a number of Obama rallies and it was near impossible to get close.

        1. jello_mold

          Bill Clinton showed up at 24th and Mission Sts in SF during his first campaign. Unicorns are more likely to appear there than a presidential contender these days.

  17. emmelemm

    Jimmy Carter is certainly the most awesome living former President, and one of the greatest of all time. OF ALL TIME!

    Just imagine if the solar panels had remained on the White House since the 70s, how much momentum and inspiration they might have provided us to move away from oil dependence 30 years ago.

    And don't even get me started on the metric system.

  18. mormos

    Carter is cool?
    Other breaking news: ice is cold, fire is hot, Boehner is an asshat.
    Carter established himself as one of the coolest people alive all the way back in '74 with the law day speech. Nothing has really changed since then.

    EDIT: Can we just re-elect Carter in 2016? Is that a thing we can make happen? I'll make campaign buttons that just say I FUCKING LOVE JIMMY! all caps.

  19. glamourdammerung

    Sometimes when I am bored, I ask Republicans to tell me why Carter's presidency was so terrible using actual examples.

    I have yet to get an actual answer that was not something done under Nixon, Reagan or some variant of "he was the libbiest lib that ever libbed" nonsense.

    1. doloras

      … when in fact Jerry Brown and Eugene McCarthy ran against him because he WASN'T a lib by 1976 Dem standards, what with being a Georgia born-again Christian and all.

      1. glamourdammerung

        But do you not get it? He ran against a Republican. That right there makes him the libbiest lib that ever libbed. WE R THRU THE LOOKING GLASS PPPL!!!!!111!!!

  20. SayItWithWookies

    If we could just get Old Handsome Joe to publicly advocate for legalization, I'm sure Barry would reluctantly evolve on the issue just like he did on gay marriage — rather than pussyfoot around like they're scared of being called liberals, this administration should go for the full-on liberal blizzard — free weed with every abortion, mandatory Peace Corps/Americorps service, tax the churches, single-payer healthcare, a national education standard — and — uh, what were we talking about? Oh yeah — Jimmy Carter — motherfucker brought the Soviet Union to its knees, too, and that asshole Reagan took all the credit. Next hit's for you, Jimmy.

  21. Terry

    I was in New Orleans when Jimmy Carter was there being honored for his work with Habitat For Humanity. We were up on a balcony over Bourbon St enjoying a few libations and noticed something going on at a restaurant down the block. Not long after, here comes Jimmy and Rosalyn walking down the center of Bourbon St with just a few Secret Service looking guys walking with them (a discreet distance away). Being as classy as I am, I leaned over and yelled "God bless you, Jimmy Carter!" and that I love him. Said both of those a couple times, irrc. He looked up and waved at me. One of my favorite moments ever. It was just so awesomely odd. I told my parents and other family members about it, expecting to be teased about being schnockered hanging over a Bourbon St railing and expressing my love of an ex-President, but they all said they were proud of me all around.

    No, I did not flash anything.

  22. Monsieur_Grumpe

    Did you know that Jimmy was the president who signed the legislation that made it legal for people to brew beer in their own homes? I love you Jimmy!

  23. Redgyal

    Ummm..I have always l liked Carter since I was a youth and couldn't even vote for him. Intelligence and courage are a rare combination is politicians. And no, Bubba and Bronco don't have it.

  24. christianmuslin

    The media was all over the Carter presidency from the day they brought in rocking, rocking chairs for the white house balcony and his staff ran around the west wing wearing shoes but no socks. The fear was he was turning US America into the South of Georgia. The sweater for his addresses to the nation, complete with FDR style fireside chats, made the establishment uncomfortable.

  25. christianmuslin

    Carter's problems were hightened when fashion designers had to sit out his presidency, for the first lady owned a sewing machine and made her own dresses, even the ones for state events. A state of the art fashion designer she was not.

  26. sati_demise

    figures, he has been hanging out with working stiffs, building affordable housing for the poors. they all smoke that marijuana cigarette.

    1. FeloniousMonk

      Did you have to bring that up?* The religiosity has always been the least appealing aspect of Carter. On the matter in hand, it may be less Matthew 5:28, more fire in the loins (Ezekiel 1:27).

      *OK, I guess you did, for the joke.

  27. June_Cleaver2.0

    Carter was one of the most honest presidents we ever had. He tried to do the right thing, not the right political thing. And those solar panels stole my heart. And of course he produced Amy, also awesome. Which first daughter made her own wedding cake? Amy, that's who. She and her husband looked like two tree-huggers. I love the Carters. The 47% tape is just delicious icing on the cake.

  28. June_Cleaver2.0

    Holder should be figuring out how black people can continue to vote in this country, and stop punching hippies.

  29. Lazy Media

    I voted for him in 1980. OK, I WOULD have voted for him if I'd thought to get an absentee ballot, but I was 18 and attending college out of state, and we didn't have a buncha Obamatards running around campus telling people how to deal with that mess. I couldn't change my registration because my dad was a local Demmycrat politician back home and I had to go vote for him for county commission (which had a different election day).

  30. cousinitt

    President STUD is 88 freaking years old and he's coming here to Denver next year with Roslyn to build houses in one of our most run-down neighborhoods. Of course, we also now have legal weed. Hmmm. And Carter has almost superhuman stamina…I wonder…anywho, one thing is for reals,

    Jimmy. Builds. That.

  31. poorgradstudent

    I still maintain that the "malaise speech" is one of the greatest speeches in American history. Of course, Jimmy Carter did pay the price for being honest and frank to Americans…

  32. jello_mold

    It seems I will always retain a burning hatred for the Republican'ts over what they did to Carter – you know, *actual* treason – and their forever smear campaign.

  33. decentcitizen

    Carter always got a bad treatment because he was a better man than people wanted for President. Smarter, truthier, and principled. People wanted an empty suit and a haircut to lie to them. Reagan was perfect.

    1. emmelemm

      This is the most true thing I've heard today. We don't want someone smart, honest, with integrity, trying to solve our problems. We want an empty suit and a haircut.

  34. unclejeems

    Carter is the model of what educated southern christianists could become. Instead, we're served daily doses of dumb from the true heirs of Strom Thurmond and Jeff Davis. Sigh.

  35. PopeEdgardo

    Oregon had a chance to legalize pot in the last election and we blew it. Now we have to live with being less cool than Washington and Jimmy Carter. The shame of it!

  36. Walkinwiddaking

    Aside from trying to legalize the marijuana thing, the man actually steps up and builds…you know..structures for people to actually live in.

    Bu,t then of course, every president since James Buchanan has performed that service for the country. Right?

  37. ttommyunger

    Jimmy Carter's reputation is living proof of the power of the constant drip, drip, drip of Media Propaganda. He has been demonized from the first day he stepped onto the National Political scene, principally by our megacorps through the Corporately Owned Media. His actions and his life belie those efforts daily, but to little avail. His unwillingness to get into the gutter and fight for his own honor (turn the other cheek) just plays into their hands. I will always admire his spirit, intellect and honesty.

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