April 05, 2007
Carter Tried to Visit Syria But Was Refused Permission

Does anyone have an idea how often this type of thing happens? Seems to me it would be pretty rare…

Carter — a reliable Bush critic long before yesterday’s remarks — hinted at a personal element to the dispute. Recounting his plan to visit Syria, he noted that, “for the only time in my life as a former president, I was ordered by the White House not to go.”

Accepting some awards, Carter was not employing the circumlocutions Presidents normally stick to when speaking of each other.

On the firing of federal prosecutors: “Congress should issue subpoenas and require the people that gave President Bush advice — or didn’t inform him, either one, I don’t know which — about the firing of these prosecutors ought to be completely revealed.”

On Bush’s threat to veto a bill calling for a withdrawal from Iraq: “I think there have been infinitely more mistakes made … by this administration, so that’s a minor mistake on the gamut of totality.”

On Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s Middle East peace efforts: “Uncertain and wavering, but appreciated.”

On Latin American policy: “You couldn’t be appointed to major diplomatic posts unless you had a fervent and public animosity toward Castro.”

On Hurricane Katrina: Bush “grossly violated” the principles Carter used to create FEMA. “Katrina was a disaster as far as FEMA was concerned, because it did not have a competent person in charge, it was not adequately financed … and it was under the still-struggling homeland security agency searching for its own role and its own identity.”

It must tweak Shrub something fierce to see Carter’s 69 percent approval rating. He was once that popular too, but his future looks a lot less pleasant than Carter’s.


Posted by Chuck Dupree at April 05, 2007 09:56 PM
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I'm curious. Has this ever happened before? Has a sitting President ever before denied a former President "authority" to travel to the nation of his choosing?

It will be interesting to see how many countries deny former President Bush entry in the years to come; there may be no need for executive order since the possiblity of war crimes charges will probably hang heavy over George W. Bush's travel plans in the future. Henry Kissinger may currently be afforded more in the way of travel itineraries than the Shrub chimp will in the future.

Posted by: Buck on April 5, 2007 11:32 PM

My guess is it'll never come up. As soon as Bush or anyone in his administration leaves the US, they're subject to arrest, Pinochet-style. Thus, they won't go. No one will get the pleasure of denying Bush entry.

Besides, he never left the US before he was President; why would he leave afterward?

Posted by: Chuck Dupree (Belisarius) on April 6, 2007 3:12 AM
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