Jimmy CarterMaureen Dowd

Dowd looks at the presidency of Jimmy Carter and compares it to that of President Obama, who is also subject to antigovernment frenzy. President Carter says Obama has it worse than he did because today there is cable news and the use of faith as a political ploy. In an interview with Carter, Dowd finds that Carter believes that a series of mishaps disrupted his attempt to rescue the American hostages in Iran during his presidency and we should continue to have diplomatic relations with Iran on principle, as it is best to do so with countries with whose opinions we differ.

Dowd is a New York Times columnist.

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