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What were the highlights of the presidency of Jimmy Carter? Was he a good president or a bad one?

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  • 9 years ago
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    His tenure was a time of continuing inflation and recession, as well as an energy crisis. Carter signed Law H.R. 5860 aka Public Law 96-185 known as The Chrysler Corporation Loan Guarantee Act of 1979 bailing out Chrysler Corporation. He led the plan to deregulate the airline industry. He canceled military pay raises during a time of high inflation and government deficits. He declared amnesty to Vietnam draft dodgers. He encouraged energy conservation, installed solar panels on the White House, and wore sweaters while turning down the heat. While attempting to calm various conflicts around the World, most visibly in the Middle East resulting in the signing of the Camp David Accords, giving back the Panama Canal and signing the SALT II nuclear arms reduction treaty with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, the final year of his administration was marred by the Iran hostage crisis.

    Carter delivered a televised "fireside chat" and declaring during the speech that the U.S. energy situation during the 1970s was the moral equivalent of war.

    In 1978, Carter declared a federal emergency in the neighborhood of Love Canal in the city of Niagara Falls, New York. More than 800 families were evacuated from the neighborhood, which was built on top of a toxic waste landfill. The Superfund law was created in response to the situation. Federal disaster money was appropriated to demolish the approximately 500 houses, the 99th Street School, and the 93rd Street School, which were built on top of the dump and to remediate the dump and construct a containment area. Carter deregulated the American beer industry by opening access of the home-brew market back up to the craft brewers, making it again legal to sell malt, hops, and yeast to American home brewers for the since the effective 1920 beginning of Prohibition in the United States.

    Carter decided the boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow in response to the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Carter was alienated from the Liberal left wing of the Democratic party which he attributed to Kennedy as his rival (Especially on Health Care), and when neither won, the tactic effectively delayed comprehensive health coverage for decades. He alienated liberal college students, who should have been his base, by re-instating registration for the draft. Carter's campaign for re-election in 1980 was one of the most difficult, and least successful, in history.

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  • 9 years ago

    The Iranians freed all the Black embassy hostages early, and held the others. Khomeini said they had suffered enough in American history. He had no quarrel with them. America supported the hated Shah for years They held the remaining hostages right till the presidential elections effectively rendering Carter helpless. They knew their actions would effectively decide the next president. He couldn't negotiate or risk starting a war through military action. The rescue attempt was a desperate act. Conceived in haste, and badly executed with incorrect equipment. The Israelis were much better at these thing as shown with the raid on entebbe. They were not consulted..

    Carter was a very unlucky president, rather than a bad one. GW Bush was a bad president. World events overtook him and affected him domestically.

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  • Bilbo
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    Highlights - Camp David Accords (the peace between Egypt & Israel which would cost Sadat his life) - resolution of Panama issue (albeit by giving it away). Not being Ford, Reagan or Bush.

    Lowlights - Rubbish foreign policy - Iranian Hostage debacle - 3 Mile Island - The Energy Crisis - Economic downturn.

    Suffice to say he did not get re-elected. He did get the 2002 Nobel Peace prize (after his presidency) - the only peanut farmer ever to do so.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    20% inflation

    20% interest rates

    High unemployment

    Gas shortage

    Gave away the Panama Canal

    The worst foreign policy decisions of all-time

    Got slapped around by a 4th Century Ayatolla

    Military comprised of criminals

    Total lack of hope and patriotism

    Hostages in Iran for 444 days

    Jimmy Carter and Woodrow Wilson tie as the worst presidents in the history of the United States. Obama may be up there to the way things are going.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago


    double digit inflation

    double digit interest rates on loans

    oil crisis, long lines at gas stations

    the "moral equivalent of war" on the energy crisis

    job losses

    hostages in Iran

    the botched rescue mission in Iran




    Source(s): Yep those were the days...
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  • Jay
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    Carter's term was tragically bad. He has to make any list of worst presidents. Anyone who disagrees either wasn't alive during his administration or is trying to rewrite history out of ideological motives.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    He was a good president who is unfairly maligned by the Right. And today he is still a good Statesman and citizen who has done more for the world than any recent Republican President

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  • 9 years ago

    He was stuck with an economy in stagnation, like after every War ends.

    There were major problems such as the Middle East oil embargo, a country in complete chaos after Ford pardoned Nixon, and "stagflation" left by the defense industry slowdown...

    ...despite this, he managed to barely rise the Debt AT ALL (200 billion increase, unlike Reagan who TRIPLED IT to 2 trillion...AND Bush I who DOUBLED it to 4 trillion, and Bush II who DOUBLED IT to 10 trillion).

    No Obama hasn't "spent more than all presidents combined" - don't be friggin ridiculous.

    Source(s): Things you know when you don't suck on the Fox News crack pipe all day. He didn't set bank rates at 20% - the BANKS DID! Why, because he's not a market meddler and stock manipulator like your guys.
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  • Byron
    Lv 5
    9 years ago

    Highlight? I would have to say it was Billy Beer.

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