It was easy to switch political parties. Nixon had failed. Gerald Ford became president and gave Nixon a full and unconditional pardon. Whether that should have happened or not is up for debate. I don’t think it should have happened but I was bothered by how it happened.
To me, it sure seemed shady that after Spiro Agnew resigned, Nixon appointed Gerald Ford as Vice President. Nixon resigns making Ford president and a month later Nixon gets a pardon. Was a deal struck?
Along cam a peanut farmer from Georgia. Although a Democrat, to me he appeared to be a conservative Christian who promoted reorganizing government. He was interviewed by Playboy for the November 1976 issue and said: “I’ve looked on a lot of women with lust. I’ve committed adultery in my heart many times.” Wow! This guy is honest.
I think I still have this issue
But, while in office he was a disaster. He created the Department of Energy and what happens? The Three Mile Island nuclear accident and a brutal gas crisis that had us on loooong lines/odd and even license plate days to buy gas/and $3.00 limits. Strike one.
Strike two: President Carter decided to boycott the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. I felt absolutely horrible for all the American athletes who trained for 4 years or more to represent our country, only to have this
peanut-picker president use them to teach the Soviets a lesson for invading Afghanistan. A real bitch move!
was watching the news every night for over 400 nights and seeing Americans being held hostage in Iran. Watching these men be blindfolded or hooded and paraded before cameras was outrageous. The Ayatollah Khomeini commented that taking Americans hostage “…has united our people. Our opponents (Carter) do not dare act against us.” Also, this was the first time I can recall seeing the American flag being burned. A poorly planned rescue mission proved to be a total failure. Carter had authorized a rescue attempt that went horribly wrong with eight American soldiers dying and the mission being aborted. Iranians found the mutilated bodies of some of the dead American soldiers, and their television cameras carried video of them being dragged through the streets. Strike three.
The American people and I lost faith in Jimmy Carter due to his poor leadership in times of these crises.
Republican Ronald Reagan announced that he would seek the nomination for the presidency. Reagan’s optimism in the midst of the national angst drew people to him. During one of the Presidential debates Reagan quipped: “Recession is when you neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.” Good one, right?
Seriously, what drew me to him was that immediately after Reagan took the Presidential Oath of Office on January 20, the hostages were flown out of Iran. After 444 days of captivity, they were coming home.