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CLIMATE SCARE FLASHBACK: Jimmy Carter Predicts We Run Out of Oil By 2011

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We still have oil, Jimmy.

Whether it is that we are going to run out of oil or that we should have already been buried underwater, it seems that all of these dire predictions never come true.

I love to go back and find these nuggets and chuckle.

As I wrote last week here at Red State about how Leonard Nimoy from Star Trek fame said another ice age was coming and we were all going to die…

READ CLIMATE FLASHBACK: In 1978 Mr. Spock Told Us Another Ice Age Would Be Here By

The 39th President of the United States, back while he was running for the job in 1976, made a dire prediction about when we were going to run out of oil at a debate with President Ford on September 23, 1976.

Let’s go to the tape…

We need to have, a realization that we’ve got about 35 years left of oil in the whole world, we’re gonna run out of oil.

This statement was not challenged but just accepted by the moderator and the general press. For those who don’t recall — the United States was coming off the early 70’s embargo of oil from the middle east that caused long waits for fuel. That Carter would say this with no back up was just simply a scare tactic.

Much like the people who are saying that today we have 12 or fewer years to live unless we pass some idiotic legislation that is just a massive wealth transfer.

So if you think that some bill signed in Washington D.C. is going to save the climate and your life you need to do some more research on how long this scam has been playing on a rewind loop. A former President of the United States said the world would be out of oil in 2011 and yet here we are in 2019 still bathing in it at really low prices also.

How about that?

 

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Jimmy Carter: Shouldn’t there be an age limit on the presidency?

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This could have been an entirely self-effacing moment — or it might be Jimmy Carter’s message to the Democratic Party. “What will it take to convince you to run for president?” asked the moderator of a town hall at the Carter Center last night in Atlanta. Carter laughed off the comparison to Grover Cleveland’s two non-consecutive terms, but then turned more serious in questioning whether 80-year-olds would be up to the job, let alone 95-year-olds:

“I hope there is an age limit,” he said as the audience laughed. “You know, if I were just 80 years old, if I were 15 years younger, I don’t believe I could undertake the duties that I experienced when I was President.” …

“So the things I faced then in foreign affairs, I don’t think I could undertake them when I was 80 years old. So 95 is out of the question. I had a hard time walking when I came in,” said Carter, whose birthday is on October 1.

Some of us remember the Carter presidency and think he wasn’t all that up to the task at 52, either, especially in foreign affairs. Carter turned the Iranian hostage crisis into a daily soap opera and appeared baffled and impotent when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan. But we digress, while CNN connects the dots:

Age has been an ongoing topic of discussion in the 2020 campaign. President Donald Trump, who is 73 years old, became the oldest first-term President when he was inaugurated, and the top three Democratic contenders — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, 78; former Vice President Joe Biden, 76; and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, 70 — would also be among the oldest first-term presidents in history.

There is a difference between age and frailty, however. For all his other real and perceived faults, Trump is clearly vital and active. So is Elizabeth Warren for that matter, the youngest of the four septuagenarians. Even Bernie! appears not to have slowed down at all despite already nearing Carter’s suggested age limit. Health and vitality matter more than age itself, it would seem, although it’s not clear whether voters by and large completely agree with that. They might be wondering why both major parties will ask them to choose between aging Boomers for the second cycle in a row rather than offer a fresher pick.

For Joe Biden, the question is of frailty more than age. That’s the issue at which Team Trump took aim with this video yesterday, via Jeff Dunetz and Allahpundit:

Nevertheless, The Hill reports that Senate Democrats are praying that Biden wins the nomination, even if he sleeps through Election Day. They’re worried about what a Warren or Sanders nomination will do to down-ticket races, let alone their chances of winning the presidency:

Yet a number of Democrats privately acknowledge that if Warren or Sanders wins the nomination, it will create immediate tension within the party.

The two progressives are to the left of many of their colleagues, and some of their best-known proposals, such as “Medicare for All” and free college education, do not have widespread support within the Democratic caucus.

If Warren or Sanders wins the party’s presidential nomination, there will be pressure in the Senate to adopt their proposals. And there could be tensions between a nominee and senators who do not back their proposals.

Another factor is the race for the Senate. Some Democrats think it will be easier to win races in conservative-leaning states such as Alabama, North Carolina and Georgia if Biden is their nominee and not Warren or Sanders.

There is no age limit on the instinct for self-preservation. Voters, however, might have other ideas if it comes down to old 60s-style socialists or the rough-mannered incumbent already in place.

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Jimmy Carter Says Trump ‘Didn’t Actually Win the Election’

Earlier today, former President Jimmy Carter called President Donald Trump an “illegitimate” president who “didn’t actually win the election in 2016.”

Carter made the comments at a Carter Center conference in Virginia. USA Today’s Susan Page was the first to report about it, posting several tweets detailing remarks made at the conference. Carter’s Vice President, Walter Mondale, also spoke at the conference and accused Trump of showing “symptoms of psychological problems.”

A transcript of Carter’s comments, via Mediate:

“I think the interference, though not yet quantified, should be fully investigated and would show that Trump didn’t actually win the election in 2016, he lost the election,” Carter said.

“He was put into office because the Russians interfered,” he said. Carter was then asked if that meant he believed Trump was illegitimate.

“Based on what I said, which I can’t retract,” Carter responded, prompting laughter from the audience.

Video of the conference is also posted at C-SPAN.

Americans have differing opinions about the scope and impact of Russian interference in the 2016 election, largely based on their partisan allegiances, but one thing that we do not have is evidence of Russians (or any other country, entity, or individual) hacking actual ballots or vote totals. 

People cast ballots across the country in the 2016 presidential election, and more people in enough states voted for Trump over Hillary Clinton to give him more electoral votes. He “actually” did win the election. Therefore, Donald Trump is a “legitimate” president. This is not complicated.

There are plenty of reasons to be critical of Trump and prefer another candidate for president in 2020. Carter has the same free speech rights as the rest of us to voice such opinions and encourage Americans to vote against Trump next year. But peddling in these kinds of delusional conspiracy theories risks becoming a sad footnote on Carter’s final years of life.

The 94-year-old former peanut farmer had some notorious struggles and policy failures during his one term in the White House, but avoided personal scandals and is widely respected for his Christian faith and volunteer service, perhaps most notably for Habitat for Humanity.

Stick with building houses, Mr. President. Tin foil hats aren’t a good look for you.

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Jimmy Carter: Let’s face it, Trump didn’t really win the election

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On the one hand, do we really want to go into outrage mode about something a 94-year-old man had to say?

On the other hand, we do it to Bernie all the time.

This is a mild surprise, as Carter is the only living president with whom Trump has — or had, I guess — something resembling a cordial relationship. Carter sent him a letter a few months ago about negotiations with China, to which POTUS replied by dialing him up and chatting. “The President has always liked President Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter,” said the White House in a statement afterward.

I fear the Trump/Carter relationship is now doomed to return to the dreary days of 2013-14:

Unless Carter’s suggesting that Russia fiddled with the vote totals, a claim for which there’s no evidence, I don’t know what he means when he says Russian interference hasn’t yet been “quantified.” How does he propose to quantify how much John Podesta’s emails convinced fencesitters to vote Trump, particularly when there was so much other news competing for their attention — Comey reopening the Emailgate probe, Trump’s “Access Hollywood” tape, etc?

I don’t think he means anything in particular, actually, beyond the very basic assertion that the election was so tight in so many swing states that *any* interference necessarily must have been decisive. That logic doesn’t bear out, but a lot lot lot of Democrats believe it.

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If you want to view Trump’s presidency as illegitimate for your own partisan or ideological reasons, the Russian hackings of the DNC and Podesta are your ready-made justification. No need to get into the nuts and bolts of whether, and how, a critical mass of votes changed.

But in fairness, it’s hard to fault them sometimes. Here’s the president embarrassing himself and the country in Japan today, joking with a guy who has journalists shot in the face about the fact that he doesn’t have any “fake news” problem in Russia. (Second time this week that he’s joked about his political enemies dying, actually.) This was after he had already mocked the media’s request earlier for him to challenge Putin about interfering in the campaign in 2016. I wonder who’ll be appointed special counsel in 2021 after the next round of Russian campaign hackings.

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The I’s have it: the definitive Barack Obama mash-up

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Outside of stand-up comedy, has there ever been a speaker more self-referential than Barack Obama? Not even Donald Trump seems quite as wrapped up in himself in public speeches, at least not to make three hundred and ninety-two references to himself during a speech. Grabien put together a mash-up of me moments from Obama’s speech to a Berlin audience on behalf of the Obama Foundation, which ostensibly focused on “community leadership and civic engagement.”

Obama’s focus was on Obama, at least from the four-plus minutes of references to himself:

Here’s the breakdown of his personal pronoun use (based on a rush transcript of the event):

  • “I” — 274
  • “Me” — 25
  • “My” — 31
  • “I’d” — 9
  • “I’m” — 41
  • “Myself” — 7
  • “Obama” — 5

The former president’s comments began on his favorite topic: himself.

“It’s been over ten years since I spoke to a slightly larger crowd in front of the Victory Column when I was running for president,” Obama said to a notably quiet crowd. “I had a little less gray hair then. And since then I’ve been back to Germany I think at least ten times. I’ve been to Europe countless times. But I’m as excited to be here with you as I have been ever when I’ve come to Europe.”

He continued in the same vein: “When I left office, or maybe a few months before I left office, I had to make some decisions about what I would do after the end of my presidency and I knew that I wanted to catch up on my sleep — I had to take Michelle on vacation. She deserved it, putting up with me for that long. But we also knew that our service wasn’t yet done. I was one of the youngest presidents to be elected, which meant I was one of the youngest ex-presidents. And I asked myself, ‘All right, what’s the next thing that I can do to make the biggest impact, the most difference?’ And there were a whole range of issues that I cared deeply about, many of which you work on.”

American Thinker’s Thomas Lifson postulates that retirement might be getting the best of Obama. Watching Trump reverse his policies and dismantle some of his pen-and-phone programs has to be “hard on his self-esteem. … So what’s a comparatively young (age 57) man with decades of life ahead to do to compensate?”

Putting together a foundation isn’t a bad first step, but it’s tough to succeed at that when its purpose seems to be servicing your own ego. Ask the Clintons how that worked out for them, although to be fair their foundation was successful at its primary purpose: to keep Hillary Clinton’s campaign team gainfully employed until the 2016 election cycle. Its supposed “civic engagement” had more to do with recapturing the White House, which is why it’s collapsed since her big loss three years ago. Its mission has ended.

Obama could look to Jimmy Carter for better inspiration, at least in the first stages of his post-presidency. For the first decade or so, Carter focused on raising funds for helping others and putting the spotlight on them. Later his ego got in the way and Carter spent the last 30 years or so interfering in American foreign policy, sometimes with disastrous consequences as in North Korea. Carter never made himself the subject matter of his speeches, though, a humility that Barack Obama doesn’t grasp — but Obama is hardly alone these days in that failing, although on numbers he seems to be leading the pack for now.

On the other hand, he’s still a rookie at the former-president gig, so perhaps we can look forward to Obama dialing it down in future speeches … maybe to under a hundred self-references.

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