Jimmy Carter: My role is ‘probably superior’ to that of other presidents

By Kase Wickman
Sunday, May 22, 2011 21:00 EDT
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Former President Jimmy Carter is in an awkward position after he told NBC’s Brian Williams that “I feel that my role as a former president is probably superior to that of other presidents” in an interview.

Carter quickly tried to clarify, saying that his work at the Carter Center and advising about international affairs, and taking non-governmental diplomatic trips to talk to leaders about human rights abuses and other issues.

“I feel that have an advantage over many other former presidents in being involved in daily affairs that have shaped the policies of our nation and the world,” Carter said.

Carter is on a publicity tour to promote his new book, in which he defends his legacy.

Carter issued a written clarification to MSNBC:

“What I meant was, for 27 years the Carter Center has provided me with superior opportunities to do good.”

Watch the video below, embedded courtesy of MSNBC.

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Kase Wickman
Kase Wickman
Kase Wickman is a reporter for Raw Story. She holds a journalism degree from Boston University and grew up in Eugene, OR. Her work has been featured in The Boston Globe, Village Voice Media, The Christian Science Monitor, The Houston Chronicle and on NPR, among others. She lives in New York City and tweets from @kasewickman.
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