You may recall that a couple of years ago President Barack Obama reached out to claim a piece of the Reagan legacy. TIME even declared that 44 had a “bromance” with the Gipper. How sweet.
Just a couple of weeks ago, President Obama was buoyed by Bill Clinton’s fiery, crowd-winning speech at the DNC. But now with several U.S. embassies besieged or breached in recent days, it’s the memory of Jimmy Carter’s presidency that’s sticking to our present commander-in-chief.
President Obama’s recent Egypt-is-neither-ally-nor-enemy gaffe is especially remarkable given that Egypt’s allegiance to the U.S. has been a cornerstone of Middle East peace since the Carter administration.
Yes, Carter’s tenure was pretty awful. But we should not forget that he deregulated some American industries in his time. If you’ve enjoyed an affordable airline flight or a tasty microbrewery beer lately, you can be thankful for the few pro-market decisions he made.
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