The Secret Service Hated Jimmy Carter
But then again, who didn't?

In the late seventies, Americans had reached a general consensus, President Jimmy Carter was a jackass and perhaps the biggest putz to ever be voted into the office. Now, thanks to Ronald Kessler's book, "In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes With Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect," we come to find out that the secret service felt the same way.

Agents told Kessler that Jimmy Carter treated them and others who served him with utter disdain. Carter treated with contempt the little people who helped and protected him," and told agents not to look at him or speak to him — even to say hello — when he went to the Oval Office.

At his home in Plains, Ga., Carter once tried to attack and kill a small stray dog with a bow saw, after the dog ate some food Carter's wife, Rosalynn, had put out for their cat. The dog dodged the attack, but Carter insisted that agents remove the dog from Plains. The orphan dog was given to the press corps.

Carter — code-named Deacon — refused to allow a military aide with the nuclear football to stay in a trailer on his property in Plains. The aide had to stay in Americus, a 15-minute drive from Carter's home, a top military official confirmed to Kessler. "Because of the agreed-upon protocols, in the event of a nuclear attack, Carter could not have launched a counterattack by calling the aide in Americus," Kessler writes. "By the time the military aide drove to Carter's home, the United States would have been within five minutes of being wiped out by nuclear-tipped missiles."

As the Carter administration drew to a close, Carter became paranoid. He believed that people were stealing things and eavesdropping on his conversations in the Oval Office.

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Pam said... @ August 12, 2009 11:10 PM

This doesn't surprise me at all. He always acted like the common man, but you could just tell that he was an arogant little bastard. I also hated that puke of a wife of his.

K. S. Tooshie said... @ August 13, 2009 12:45 PM

Excellent piece, Jimmy was a sparrow fart.

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