August 25th, 2008
08:44 PM ET
13 years ago

Schneider: Katrina and Carter — a mixed bag for Democrats

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Jimmy Carter, a superdelegate, has endorsed Obama ."]
DENVER (CNN) - Another theme you’re going to notice tonight is constant references to Hurricane Katrina and the devastation of New Orleans. That is the point at which George Bush’s presidency began to fall apart at the polls. Americans were shocked at the inability of the federal government to respond. That’s why you’re going to hear a lot of references - and it has a special resonance for African-Americans.

The catastrophe is being highlighted in a video featuring former President Jimmy Carter, who has a strange legacy among Democrats. He was not a successful president, his Middle East views have become more and more controversial. Nevertheless, he remains a figure of respect because of his personal morality and integrity.

They’re not highlighting his views on the Middle East, they’re highlighting what Americans remember most and best about Carter — his humanitarian work, his work with Habitat for Humanity, his personal integrity.

In fact, I would say he is regarded, because of his acts of charity, as one of the most successful ex-presidents in American history - in many ways the model of an ex-president.

He’s more admired for his ex-presidency than his presidency.

Interesting that he didn’t give a speech. I’m not sure what that means. Perhaps they didn’t want to remind people of a failed presidency.

soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Ron

    Canadian Rock,

    And we are way more respected around the world than you folks. We also enjoy much better freedom of the press it seems.

    Vote how you will Amercia as you are in fact a declining society.

    August 25, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  2. Lynn in NM

    Carter may not have been a great President, but he is a great man. That is more important. On the other hand, there is Bill Clinton. He is neither!

    August 25, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  3. Corey

    what the hell kind of ticker headline is that CNN? Bias much? When you're not talking about Clinton you're being cynical Ron Fournier-esque hacks!

    August 25, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  4. don grant

    Just a thought, is that James Carville or Jim Carey in The Mask. I have expected Jim to pop out anytime.

    August 25, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  5. El Kababa

    Carter's presidency was an American failure. He tried, back then, to solve some of the problems that are vexing us now. He tried to encourage a search for alternative energy sources. He tried to get Americans to make insignificant sacrifices like driving a little slower in smaller more efficient cars. He tried to get us to convert to the metric system. He tried to reduce tensions in the Middle East. The oil embargo, inflation, and high interest rates were not caused by any of Carter's policies. An unimpressive Congress and a disinterested public simply preferred to ignore the problems that were on the horizon. Carter could have done some things differently, but when he called the nation to greatness it preferred to elect Granpappy Reagan, who was full of fun stories. If we had started working as a nation in the Carter years, most of the problems we are suffering from now could have been prevented, avoided, or minimized. Instead, we actively pursued policies during the Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush years that made the problems much worse for us today.

    Besides, Carter is a good human being. He tried hard to do good, unlike Nixon, Reagan, and Son of Bush. We can't say that about all of our presidents.

    August 25, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  6. Jonathan Inskeep

    Anonymous on August 25th, 2008 9:13 pm ET wrote:

    "i do not think Carter should continue to be considered someone respectable after declaring an arraged election in venezuela, a legal one and after the book he wrote about the middle east. he is not trust worthy and should not hold the respect he is given. i am very happy he was not given a say in the convention."

    But you have so little faith in your idiotic expression that you refuse to sign your name. Why should anyone listen to anything you have to say if you yourself don't believe it enough to sign your name?

    And learn to spell.

    August 25, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  7. Max

    it's interesting to see those defending Bush's presidency on the basis that he gets blamed for things that he has little control over, yet see those very same people criticize Carter as such a bad president. Carter is a noble guy, whose efforts towards peace in the Middle East lamentably get twisted as a dislike for Israel. It's those who are so adamant against peaceful proceedings that truly worry me.

    August 25, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  8. Tim

    Nice video by Carter. When is he supposed to talk? Without him speaking after the video it seemed like there was no conclusion.

    One other question, What is up with the CNN "sound from the floor" audio meters? Besides that they dont seem to match any sounds they are just plain annoying.

    August 25, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  9. L for Legend

    Y'all know Bush is terribly bad and McBush will be just as bad for America. Will America be able to say that Bush became a great humanitarian? But, you are entitled to your opinion.

    August 25, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  10. aware

    This former democrat has finally realized that democrats are losers. They just don't get it! They castigate the best and anoint the worst! 🙁

    Vote for McCain 08. He is a moderate in touch with mainstream America! 🙂

    August 25, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  11. Marie in California

    Carter is a good humanitarian, but he was the absolute worst president in my lifetime. I'm glad the country survived his four years in office.

    If Obama wins I expect he would bring us something similar.

    We never seem to learn......

    McCain – 2008

    August 25, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  12. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    August 25, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  13. Livonia, MI

    "aware," you just don't understand do you? McCain is NOT a moderate or centrist, or populist, or whatever you want to label him to make you feel better. He supports 95% of Bush policies and flip-flops frequently. He is a neo-con, far right conservative, and a bad one at that. Look how many republicans have thrown their hands up in frustration and are supporting Obama this year. McCain does NOT reach across the aisle, Obama DOES.

    August 25, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  14. That's Reality

    LA is shifting from a Democratic state to Republican because of the failed policies of the Dems for the almost 100 years of control. The people are finally catching on. Katrina was the last straw. The people who are honest know the blame lies with the Democratic leadership in that state, not the federal government or President Bush.

    August 25, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  15. That's Reality

    LA is shifting from a Democratic state to Republican because of the failed policies of the Dems for the almost 100 years of control. The people are finally catching on. Katrina was the last straw. The people who are honest know the blame lies with the Democratic leadership in that state, not the federal government or President Bush. Please publish a bit of truth about this issue CNN.

    August 25, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  16. Independent Vet

    As I watched the Jimmy Carter/Katrina segment, I couldn't help but ask myself: "why is it the Federal Government's fault that the city of New Orleans and the State of LA were stupid enough to built and continually expand a city BELOW sea level? The city, county, and state government had no contingency plans for the inevitable and that's Bush's fault....I don't think so.

    PS: And to think people are rebuildiing in the same spot.

    August 25, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  17. Democracynow2008

    Obama is going to be a great President.
    Those who are posting messages of fear of Obama get over it.
    Times are changing nothing stays the same if it did we would not exist anymore.
    Wake up don't live in fear as long as you live in fear or hate you will be stuck in the limitations of what you have be taught to believe .
    Its a new day for America and the World .
    Let go of your past and embrace the future now for a better world.
    Support Obama and Vote for Obama

    August 25, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  18. Penn Voter

    Kennedy, Carter, Pelosi... this is the DNC that want's to recruit my Independent vote?

    Then bring out the moderate democrats and the conservative democrats. Or has the liberal left taken over and ran off the normal people?

    August 25, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  19. rybsmith

    I think it sad that though most of the speaking done by your reporters voiced over much of the "blah" of the evening, that when a prayer was provided at the close of the evening's events, your reporters did not consider it important enough to keep silent out of respect and reverence. I think our country is far removed from something I'm sure many of us learned in Sunday school years ago, when someone is praying, let all keep silent before HIM.

    August 25, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  20. Livonia, MI

    Let's see how Bush/McCain handles the Fay Flooding in Florida. It will be more of the same ham-handedness and incompetence as Katrina. And that incompetence will change red states into blue.

    August 25, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  21. william

    He was almost as bad as the president we have now.. but i think if BO wins he could become the worst of all time

    August 25, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
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