This is just the four disastrous years of his presidency - his screwups after leaving office I leave for another thread. Carter was the worst US president in history, a record which stood till 2008. The Carter chronicles: - Made BO look like a Talleyrand in the area of foreign policy by comparison: In 1977, he called the shah of iran "an island of stability" in the Middle East. - Once reported that he sighted a UFO. - Once beat off a "killer rabbit" that was "attacking" him in a boat. - Gave away the Panama Canal. - Tossed the Republic of China over the side, and recognized the PRC. US policy for many years, under democrat and republican presidents alike, had been recognition of the PRC in exchange for a non-aggression against the ROC pact. In return, he got from the PRC - nothing. Even the PRC dictators were startled. - Hugely ramped up the modern era of "affirmative action". - Was the first US president to support the Abortion Holocaust. - Abandoned the pro-US rebels in Angola to the communist dictators and soviet proxy army of cubans. - Unilaterally withdrew all but a token force of US military from our south korean allies, who faced one of the world's most formidable armies. - Bailed out the anachronistic chrysler corporation. - Presided over huge interest rates and inflation. - Signed the camp david accords, resulting in the assassination of president anwar sadat, and the birth of the modern islamofascist movement. - Signed a nuclear weapons treaty (SALT II) so unfavorable to the US, that even his own leftwing congress refused to ratify it. - Botched the iranian hostage rescue. - Responded to the soviet invasion of afghanistan by boycotting the 1980 Moscow olympics. THAT fixed 'em! - Lost re-election to Reagan in one of the biggest landslides in history.