I still would not believe it unless I heard it with my own ears and watched him say it with my own eyes. Like some of you I am watching little bits and pieces of the convention coverage of the Democratic Party this week in Denver. I particularly like watching Public Broadcast System (PBS) since they do less commentary and more basic news coverage. Much of the speaking tonight is pep-rally type stuff, except for Michelle Obama who I want to hear speak personally. In between the PBS folks interview leading Democrats, not the various talking heads.
Just a moment ago, at about 8:00 p.m. (CDT), former President Jimmy Carter was interviewed. In speaking about the election of Barack Obama he said, "If Obama is elected president, and I believe that he will be, it will mark the end of racism and prejudice in America." Even the PBS gang was floored. One said, "That is quite a statement." Carter didn’t budge. Either the former president has gotten more feeble than I realized or his liberal ideology has overwhelmed him beyond belief. I doubt the most ardent black supporter of Obama would agree with such a statement. It is, put as respectfully as I know how to say it, patently foolish. I would hope he would have backed off if he had been cross-examined but the interview ended there so we may never know. This is not the only foolish thing President Carter has said in the last few years. Like so many elderly speakers and leaders he seems to have never learned to "be quiet" when his time has passed.
I really wish he would stick to his good will work and the Habitat ministry and all the other good works he has performed. He was once a very good, and seeming happy and contented, ex-President but now he has become a rather foolish person in a number of ways. It is actually very sad to see. Even his own party will not give him much attention this week, though he is there as a "super-delegate."
If you want to see some amazing theater and very strange claims watch these two conventions this week and next. You would think the messiah was either a Democrat or a Republican, depending on the party you listen to. But Jimmy Carter, the Christian who knows his Bible quite well, should know much better than the ordinary person that the election of a Democrat as the president will not end racism. What on earth was he thinking?