Jimmy Carter Vs. Barack Obama: Can You Guess Who Said What?

A few months ago, Barack Obama tried to link John McCain with the current administration by saying that electing McCain would be “Geroge Bush’s third term.” Not to be outdone, John McCain fired back charging that Barack Obama would be “Jimmy Carter’s second term.”

That quip may have been lost on the younger crowd but those of us old enough to remember the disaster that was the Carter Administration understood it perfectly.

We remember the double-digit inflation, the double-digit unemployment rate, the gas-lines, the weak-kneed response to Islamic terrorism and a complete ignorance of the threats that were pointed directly at the United States. It was all there and all of it will be repeated under a President Obama, except with even more devastating effects. Jimmy Carter’s economic policies were very Socialistic in nature, but Barack Obama’s is bordering on collectivist.

Anyway, Lisa Fabrizio has come up with a quick quiz to see if you can tell the difference between Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter.

From Intellectual Conservative:

So go and get your cardigan out of mothballs and take this little quiz, keeping in mind that the following quotes are taken from a single speech Obama made in Lansing, Michigan this week and one that Jimmy Carter delivered in July of 1979 to cheer the country during our “crisis of confidence.” Was it Barack Obama or Jimmy Carter who said:

1) Our economy is in turmoil and our families are struggling with rising costs and falling incomes; with lost jobs and lost homes and lost faith in the American Dream.

2) We’ve always had a faith that the days of our children would be better than our own. Our people are losing that faith, not only in government itself but in the ability as citizens to serve as the ultimate rulers and shapers of our democracy.

3) In little more than two decades we’ve gone from a position of energy independence to one in which almost half the oil we use comes from foreign countries, at prices that are going through the roof.

4) Back then, we imported about a third of our oil. Now, we import more than half.

5) Will we allow ourselves to be held hostage to the whims of tyrants and dictators who control the world’s oil wells?

6) Our excessive dependence on OPEC has already taken a tremendous toll on our economy and our people.

7) These efforts will cost money, a lot of money, and that is why Congress must enact the windfall profits tax without delay. It will be money well spent. Unlike the billions of dollars that we ship to foreign countries to pay for foreign oil, these funds will be paid by Americans to Americans.

8) I believe we should immediately give every working family in America a $1,000 energy rebate, and we should pay for it with part of the record profits that the oil companies are making right now.

9) In just ten years, these steps will produce enough renewable energy to replace all the oil we import from the Middle East.

10) I am tonight setting the further goal of cutting our dependence on foreign oil by one-half by the end of the next decade.

11) Think about how World War II forced us to transform a peacetime economy still climbing out of Depression into an Arsenal of Democracy that could wage war across three continents.

12) Just as a similar synthetic rubber corporation helped us win World War II, so will we mobilize American determination and ability to win the energy war.

13) I’ll also extend the Production Tax Credit for five years to encourage the production of renewable energy like wind power, solar power, and geothermal energy.

14) I am asking for the most massive peacetime commitment of funds and resources in our nation’s history to develop America’s own alternative sources of fuel — from coal, from oil shale, from plant products for gasohol, from unconventional gas, from the sun.

15) Think about when the scientists and engineers told John F. Kennedy that they had no idea how to put a man on the moon, he told them they would find a way.

16) We ourselves are the same Americans who just ten years ago put a man on the Moon.

17) We will set a goal of making our new buildings 50 percent more efficient over the next four years.

18) I’m asking Congress to mandate, to require as a matter of law, that our nation’s utility companies cut their massive use of oil by 50 percent within the next decade and switch to other fuels, especially coal, our most abundant energy source.

19) And we’ll invest in the technology that will allow us to use more coal, America’s most abundant energy source . . .

To get the answers, access the complete column on-line here:

Birds Of A Feather
Lisa Fabrizio
The Intellectual Conservative
August 7, 2008


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