I’ve been looking into the post-presidential activities of recent presidents and the disparity is unbelievable. All the democrats without exception spent the rest of their lives in service to others and accomplished so much while the republicans just sat on a beach somewhere.
All of the former presidents sold an autobiography and made political appearances in support of other candidates etc, but in terms of altriustic acts Nixon I’m skipping just to be fair, Ford spoke out in favor of gay rights and that’s all I can find that he did for anyone else. Reagan did absolutely nothing except make political appearances for the GOP, though to be fair he had alzheimers which effected him shortly after leaving office so we’ll give him a pass. George HW Bush, apparently the most altruistic republican former president in living memory, spent six years as a trustee for the eisenhower fellowship fund that helps people get into government, business etc. He and his son both made appearances for disaster relief once or twice at the urging of former president clinton (by the way that sentence sums up George Bush Jr’s altruistic activities). So what about the democrats?
Well, here’s the post-presidency section of carter’s wikipedia page:
- 9 Post-presidency
- 9.1 Legacy
- 9.2 Public image
- 9.3 Carter Center
- 9.4 Nobel Peace Prize
- 9.5 Diplomacy
- 9.6 Criticism of US policy
- 9.7 Death penalty
- 9.8 Torture
- 9.9 Abortion
- 9.10 Author
- 9.11 Involvement with Bank of Credit and Commerce International
- 9.12 Faith, family, and community
- 9.13 Commitment to equality for women
- 9.14 Honors and awards
- 9.15 Participation in ceremonial events
- 9.16 Race in politics
- 9.17 2012 Presidential race
- 9.18 Funeral and burial plans
Holy fucking shit.
What about Clinton?
His post-presidential activities (most of them altruistic) are the only ones so far that are so numerous they require their own page on wikipedia. I heard the other day his foundation (in conjunction with other groups) is on the verge of eliminating polio (the second disease in human history to be eliminated from nature, the first was smallpox).
No republican has won a nobel peace prize in over a hundred years – three democrats have won them in that time. Does anyone think obama is going to sit on a beach when he leaves office?
I knew GWB spent all his time painting nude self portraits but I honestly didn’t expect his fellow republican presidents to be so devoid of altruism. Even the ones that didn’t leave office in disgrace.
Even the bible says “by your fruits shall you know them…”