(Cartoon by: Michael Ramirez, Townhall)
Jimmy Carter is turning into the Rodney Dangerfield of ex-Presidents.
First the Palestinians said that the Carter/Hamas meeting achieved nothing:
Last week’s meeting between former US president Jimmy Carter and the exiled leader of Hamas militants did not produce any results, Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Malki said here Wednesday.
“President Carter came to the region thinking he could achieve something. Unfortunately president Carter left without anything concrete,” he told a conference in the Spanish capital.
“The only thing he achieved was permission on the part of Khaled Meshaal of Hamas to deliver a letter from a detained Israeli soldier to his family. Nothing else,” he said.
“Hamas offered nothing to president Carter. They reiterated the same positions. There was no change on the part of Hamas,” Malki added.
There was one teeny tiny effect, though:
Hamas officials said Wednesday that Jimmy Carter’s meetings with leaders of the Palestinian militant group will boost its legitimacy despite criticism by Israel and the U.S. government of the former president’s personal peace mission.
Carter, “went to the region with soiled hands and came back with bloody hands after shaking the hand of Khaled Mashaal, the leader of,” Ambassador Dan Gillerman told reporters at a luncheon briefing.
The ambassador’s harsh words for Carter came days after the ex-president met with Mashaal for seven hours into negotiate a cease-fire with Gaza’s Hamas rulers. Carter then called Mashaal on Monday to try to get him to agree to a one-month truce without conditions, but the Hamas leader rejected the idea.
The ambassador called last weekend’s encounter “a very sad episode in American history.”
He said it was “a shame” to see Carter, who had done “good things” as a former president, “turn into what I believe to be a bigot.”
Meanwhile Sue Myrick is going ahead with her proposal to have Carter’s passport revoked.
He’s getting hammered on all sides. Does anyone like what Carter did?