Jimmy Carter wants Hugo Chavez remembered for ‘gains made for the poor and vulnerable’

Once news of the death of Hugo Chavez broke, we knew we’d be hearing from former President Jimmy Carter before long. The only question was just how effusive Carter would be in his praise of the Venezuelan dictator, and the answer is: pretty effusive.

Carter did have some reserved criticism for the more, um, dictatorial side of Chavez.

At the same time, we recognize the divisions created in the drive towards change in Venezuela and the need for national healing. We hope that as Venezuelans mourn the passing of President Chávez and recall his positive legacies — especially the gains made for the poor and vulnerable — the political leaders will move the country forward by building a new consensus that ensures equal opportunities for all Venezuelans to participate in every aspect of national life.

As we solemnly remember the positive legacies of Chavez — wow, that didn’t take long —we can enjoy another good laugh as well. Progressives like English singer/songwriter Billy Bragg would like remind us that Carter’s observation of elections in Venezuela proves that Chavez wasn’t a dictator, so stop calling him that.


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  • descolada9

    Yes, Jimmuh said they were transparent and clear elections, then the news came out that uncounted ballets were found in trash dumps. Proving once again that Jimmeh is nothing more than a fool and a tool.

    • Miss Clairee

      In his tweet, Awate @Awate91 says, “Ex US president Jimmy Carter said that.” Well, since Chris Rock says Barack Obama is my daddy and Michelle Obama is my mama, I don’t have to listen to what Jimmy Carter says, now do I?

    • 1CatEye

      Always has been. He hasn’t improved with age. Sooooo stupid.

    • DanielAllison

      They were transparent and clear in as much as they were rigged and they did not even try to hide it.

  • https://twitter.com/davidjkramer DavidKramer

    Taking over all the media and silencing any dissenting opinions is fair……….you guys.

    This is what lefties want to do here. We are now hearing reports of super wealthy buying up opposition media and planning on closing them. Nothing to see, move along.

  • stellatruman

    Jimmy Carter..the second most embarrassing president of my lifetime

    • http://www.facebook.com/brett.mcmicken Brett McMicken

      he set the bar pretty high, too

      • DanielAllison

        I think you meant he set the bar really low? It would be difficult for a Texas chicken snake to get under the bar.LOL

  • DV S1EOG

    Um, wow. Yes, Chavez was a champion for the poor, that is why he made more poor people. Do these people seriously think that this dictator was a great person? I think that all of these knuckle dragging morons need to go live in a dictatorship for a few years then tell us how great it was and how free they were. It is obvious that these morons, Carter included, know much more about Chavez than his countrymen who were opposed to his rule. I hope Chavez burns in hell and hope that Carter gets committed to a nursing home.

    • V the K

      Leftists are blinded by the belief that the only way to improve the lot of the poor is at the expense of the not-poor. They also never contemplate that poverty is a self-inflicted wound.

      • DV S1EOG

        The only true champions of the poor are those who give the poor the tools and opportunity to better themselves, through their own effort. Champions of the poor work to reduce the amount of poor, not increase the amount of poor. I wish these morons would see that. Of course, most of these morons who praise those like Chavez never are willing to give up their money.

        • AdoEdem

          There are reasons leftists want there to be more poor: more people to control. Helping a person to not be poor any more not only requires actual work and commitment, (and many of these people won’t even work for money, so working for free is definitely out) but freedom through financial independence means the leftist has no power over that person. Just like the average race-baiter *needs* racial tension to stay relevant and in power, the class warfare agitator *needs* widespread poverty. How else can they claim “the lives of the poor are improving!!!” due to the latest scraps they were thrown from the ruling elite while nearly starving?

          And in the case of dictators like Chavez who don’t even believe the class warfare B.S. they crap out to string along useful idiots like Jimmy Carter, the money and power they get from generating even more poor are their own rewards. As long as you make a Grand Show(TM) of “caring about the poor”, these imbeciles will let you get away with anything and even make excuses to anyone who points out the naked Emperor.

          • DV S1EOG

            You hit the issue right on the head. It is not about caring about the poor or a particular race, or even a religious ideology, it is about gaining and maintaining power. Nothing more, nothing less.

  • peteee363

    i am confused? which poor people, the ones made poor by hugo? or the ones still poor because of hugo? can you clarify that for me mr. second worst president ever?

  • http://twitter.com/R_U_Srs Seriously?

    Carter seems to be projecting. Remember the positive things, indeed.

  • Steve_J

    Jimmy Carter has never met an ememy of the United States that he didn’t like and has never met an ally that he liked.

  • daPenguin

    well hugo has done about as much good for the world as jimmuh and I am not sure which one is more socialist

  • capisce

    Chavez’s private fortune – 2 Billion- all those poor people beneficiaries in his will?

    • Silenttype78

      I was going to post something really similar 😉

  • Guest

    Thank you, History’s Greatest Monster and Second Worst President.

  • Jedd McHead

    Jimmy Carter he was, is and always be a waste of skin.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

    One wonders how he amassed such a fortune whilst helping the “common man”. Perhaps Carter could educate all of us rubes.

    • 1CatEye

      Couldn’t possibly have anything to do with seizing companies in his country and confiscating all their assets. Including US companies. Jimmah Carter is proof you can’t fix stupid. Nor do you grow out of it.

  • daeghrefn

    “Chavez won 13 elections deemed to be free by people such as Jimmy Carter. That’s Jimmy Carter, you right wing nut-jobs”

    To quote Breitbart, “So?”

    • gailfilerino0403

      Chavez won nothing. He got in at gun point. He’s s communist and nationlized all the businesses. Go live there for awhile if he’s your hero. Then you can see real proverty. This is obama’s dream too. Chavez was a murdering dictator.

    • chrissypoo6

      Socialists keep their people in poverty, give them handouts, promise to keep giving them handouts for their votes! Capitalism is frowned upon because if you are self-sufficient, you don’t need a helping hand from “big brother!” Kinda sounds like the U.S. is headed in that direction, correct, Mr. Obama?! What you have in socialist system: the elite, an army to keep the elite in power, then everyone else in poverty. Sounds utopian, eh?

  • https://twitter.com/tweetyuo Tangchung

    Billy Carter turns out to be the smart one in the Carter family.

  • JCRocks

    Obama is definitely going to be the ‘new’ Jimmy Carter. We’re going to have to live with his meddling and poking into matters all around the world just like this idiot. Pity on all us fools.

    • Michael Anderson (WB)

      But I doubt there will be the good side of Obama. Carter is involved in some good humanitarian stuff, it’s his politicking that sucks. I can distinguish between Carter’s bad politics and his desire to help people. Somehow I don’t think that Obama will be so schizo, unfortunately.

      • Jim Denney

        Waddya mean? OGolfO has shown a tremendous desire to help his people. The problem is not everybody has $500K to join his circle of peeps.

  • S H

    The problem is not that there are left wing idiots like these… there
    have been for a very long time and we survived. The problem is they are now
    accepted in the democratic party as normal…

    As to Carter; he didn’t show his nutso cards until being long out of office… up to then we just thought he was out of touch…

  • yviemarie88

    Every phrase that was just used for Carter has already been said about Obama. I sure dont like what that means.

  • NRPax

    OK, I’ll be fair and focus on his positive aspects.

    1. He was a master at inflicting misery on people.
    2. He was as good at blaming America for his country’s problems as anyone in the UN.
    3. He was a great real time example for this century about why Communism is an outright failure.
    4. He’s no longer ruining people’s lives.

    • nickshaw

      5. He’s dead.

      • NRPax

        I figured #4 and 5 would have been redundant. -;-)

  • Gayle Terry

    Why do we still have to listen to this old fool? The epic failure of his presidency should cause him enough shame to just keep quiet and not draw attention to himself but fools cannot help revealing themselves.

  • sleazyrider

    Well…I liked Billy beer…

  • http://www.FireKarlRove.com/ C. Edmund Wright

    Jimmy Carter, the one man who can make Billy Carter look intelligent….

  • Jaybird7

    So Chavez is a champion for the poor & a real man of the people. That’s why he died with a $2 Billion fortune. You people defending him {including Carter} are dumber than a box of rocks.

  • singer23

    Obama wants to emulate Chavez, he wants to be, President of the, poor, that’s why he’s doing his best to make more Americans poor!

  • DanielAllison

    I was raised to never speak evil of the dead. So I wish to say this; Chavez is dead. GOOD!

  • gailfilerino0403

    Hugo Chavez didn’t help the poor. He made the poor poorer. He destroyed Venezula. They live in such proverty it’s not funny. The grocery stores are empty and it’s too expensive to purchase anything. He was corrupt and had a murderous regime. Obama loved this guy and wants to be just like him. A leftist communist dictator. An unarmed nation with no free speech living in PROVERTY. Hugo Chavez was a power hungry COMMUNIST!

  • lainer51

    Just when I am convinced Barry is the worst president, Jiminy Cricket pops up and reminds me that he still holds that title!


    It’s about time the guy was a menace maybe Shawn Penn will hold his hand.


    Jimmy Carter is a moron

  • skydash

    Yes….. and there’s quite a bit we’ll remember Jimmy for as well…..#notenoughspace

  • George Washington Mclintock

    History’s greatest monster defending one of the brotherhood.

  • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

    Dear JC,
    Please move rapidly into the same realm that HC currently occupies.

    SWIFT travels,

    -P.S. Take Penn & Moore with you.

  • Brendajanetorres

    That’s because they believe and want the same thing for America…..Hugo even said that he considered himself to be very much a Democrat with the SAME belief system!

  • dunst43

    And Hitler was so good at getting that German economy moving. Good going Adolf. /sarc Seriously, how deep can the media party go to prop themselves up?

    • $23629333

      Speaking of Adolph, his punishment in hell continues. Chappaquiddick Kennedy* has been moved out of his suite, and Hugo Chavez is moving in.

      (* if he had an ounce of decency and concern for others, he would have driven into the East River, and saved those of us who struggle with the spelling of Chappaquiddick a lot of problems)

  • Jerry

    Carter is the same one that pardoned the deserters during Vietnam.

  • Harold

    The only reason Jimmy Carter would praise Hugo Chevez is because they were fellow communist!

  • $23629333

    Here’s a man who visits foreign countries, observing elections, and – in so doing – ensuring their legitimacy. Couldn’t he do the same in Philadelphia?

  • Guest

    Even Comrade Chavez could not (dared not) report 100% voter support,
    then claim there had been NO fraud….whereas Obama did precisely that.

  • Walt

    Hold on here. Doesn’t the Bible teach us that God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked( unbelieving)? Neither should we if we are striving to be like Jesus Christ.

    • $23629333

      You must have missed the footnote. It specifically permits taking pleasure in the passing of the likes of Hugo Chavez.

    • Saddlebum

      I have yet to see anyone taking pleasure in Chavez’s death, though I do not see anyone in their right mind crying over his death either. The point of this discussion is that it is ridiculous to praise a brutal dictator who profited to the point of being a billionaire while there is a 30% poverty rate in a small country that is setting on some of the largest oil reserves in the world. Get a clue and stop with the “holier than thou” attitude. I post this as a thinking Christian.

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  • sodakhic

    What was Carter’s glowing eulogy for Reagan? Anyone remember?

  • Ronald

    What I know about Chavez I’ve learned through the media. So, I guess that’s reliable stuff.

  • ronald54321

    Jimmy Carter, the peaNUT king.

  • chrissypoo6

    Jimmy Carter’s a fool, always has been! Hugo Chavez was brought into power with a promise to close the gap between rich and poor…dies a billionaire, with the help of oil sold to the U.S.!! What a saint, lol!!!

  • disqus_FlD2VMR2RJ

    Shouldn’t Jimmy Carter be building a house somewhere instead of using Twitter?

  • Saddlebum

    Carter is a blithering idiot and never seems to grow weary of proving it.

    Chavez was a billionaire while his country suffers from a 30% poverty rate. While his people were suffering they were setting on enough oil reserves to make each citizen in the small country rich. Chavez was a self serving dictator and Carter is an anti-semitic fool.

  • pretzeldude

    Jimmy, pack your bags a take your dumb a s s to Venezuela and live there if you think Chavez was such a good leader.
    He was about as good as you were, horrible.

  • Pat

    Chavez was about as good for Venezuela as Carter and Obama are for ours and that is really bad!! Did Chavez “help” the poor by taking from the rich and giving them a subsistence living just to keep them under his thumb?

  • http://twitter.com/SusanAJeansonne Susan A Jeansonne

    I can’t believe this Carter actually for Chaves? Nuts

  • http://twitter.com/SusanAJeansonne Susan A Jeansonne

    I can’t believe this Carter actually for Chaves? Nuts