I know that I am late to this, but it is worth noting that the 39th president of the United States is busy trying to change how we remember the past. He shouldn’t be allowed to get away with it. Jimmy Carter didn’t merely lose because he failed to get tough with Iran. He lost because the economic situation in the United States was nothing short of awful, and because he was considered responsible for the awful economic situation:
Inflation was still out of control, the economy was beset by another stage of torpor, and Ronald Reagan offered optimism in the face of the declining mood of the country. Moreover, during Carter and Reagan’s only debate in the 1980 presidential elections, Reagan closed by asking voters are they better off than they were four years ago; many agreed they were not.
Maybe Jimmy Carter thinks that we can’t Google and find all of this out; thus his attempt to change the narrative of the past. Nice try, I suppose, and I guess that if I had to bear the burden of Carter’s legacy, I would want to play games with history as well. But at the end of the day, whom does Carter think he is kidding?