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Federal government was shut down for a whopping 56 days under Carter, who served one term. Carter, who won as an anti-establishment outsider, ran a disorganized White House with poorly organized Congressional liaison functions, affecting his ability to smoothly enact his agenda.
2. Carter came into office ready to go to drain the swamp, and blamed the “liberal wing” of the Democratic Party for blocking his policies, attributing this to Ted Kennedy wanting the presidency. Carter beat back a primaries challenge from Kennedy, but ultimately lost to Reagan.
3. While Carter gained a reputation for political ineptitude, partly aided by media coverage he received, his success rate in getting presidential initiatives through Congress was much higher than that of his predecessors Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, and successors Reagan and Bush.
4. In 1979, media turned on Carter full-bore. Coverage of him fending off a “killer rabbit” spawned jokes and memes. The moment, coming on the heels of gas shortages, a hostage crisis in Iran, and runaway inflation was deftly exploited by his opponents.wnyc.org/story/hare-bra…
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