Jimmy Carter in Training

Since our greatest former president is beginning to age  just a bit, it is about time to train his successor at roaming the world and taking care of everything that needs to be taken care of . Yes, drum roll please, it is the one and only Sen John Kerry, D, Ma. The Senator has just returned from his latest trip to Afghanistan where he persuaded President Karzai to accept a run-off vote.

It seems that Kerry has turned  the traditional role of head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee upside down. Our Clintonite friend, David Gergen says that it is”extremely rare that any president calls on an individual outside the executive branch to do as much representative work and diplomacy as Sen.Kerry.” Should Sec.Clinton be  worried that her time is short as her influence seems to be waning  a bit? Bear in mind that both Obama and Kerry were mentored by the late Sen Ted Kennedy. Obama burst on to the national stage in 2004 with a speech at Kerry’s nominating convention and seems to hold the senior senator from Massachusetts in high regard.

Now, both Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and the Associated Press go th great lengths to tout Kerry’ s expertise. Says Gibbs, he… is  somebody who has a broad range of experience and an in-depth knowldge of issues, ranging from energy and climate change to health care to foreign policy.” Wow, is that a ringing endorsement or what? Plus, he will never dare to challenge me for the White House. Oh, I just tossed that phrase in there as a  bonus.

And now, the Associated Press takes  a turn. “Obama cherishes, greatly values the experience and insight of JohnKerry. And,last but not least. There is a framed note on the  wall of Kerry’s senate office, given to him by Obama on the day of his inauguration. “‘I’m here because of you.” Just about brings a tear  to your eye, does it not? Of course, there is a lot of truth there. Had Kerry won the 2004 election, Obama could never have run in 2008.

So, we do we call this great expert? He’s not a Cabinet member, nor a czar, but  he needs a title greater than just senator. Uber  senator, maybe?


October 22, 2009 - Posted by | International politics, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. […] Jimmy Carter in Training October 23, […]

    Pingback by Dick Cheney Slams Obama To The Floor On Afghanistan Troop Decision « Goodtimepolitics | October 22, 2009 | Reply

  2. Trick me into reading Jimmy Carter in training…..oh wait a minute it is almost time for trick or treats huh!

    Comment by goodtimepolitics | October 22, 2009 | Reply

  3. It is about time for a new Jimmy Carter. Kerry could just skip the fail d presidency step and move right into the role of telling other countries what to do. He is already a FOB (Friend of Obama).

    Comment by tarheeltalker | October 23, 2009 | Reply

  4. I think it will be Obama taking Carter’s place after 2012, he will fit the job. 🙂

    Comment by goodtimepolitics | October 24, 2009 | Reply

  5. We can only hope so!

    Comment by tarheeltalker | October 24, 2009 | Reply

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