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    Re: Why are ex Presidents in the spotlight doing political influence?

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    So, would you criticize Carter and Clinton for actively undermining Bush foreign policy overseas?
    I would. Both should have only acted in a diplomatic function if they were in sync with the White House agenda. By only making unofficial visits on their own, I suppose any citizen is free to do so, but I still feel it is unwise and ethically wrong for a former president to undermine a sitting one. That is not to say I feel that they do not have the right to openly criticize a sitting president, but in the area of foreign policy, they should never look to embarass or undermine.

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    Re: Why are ex Presidents in the spotlight doing political influence?

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    I think he's talking about retired presidents, no ones who continued to serve elsewhere.
    My point still stands, because I only used Jackson and Adams as more notable exceptions with regard to retirement from office. Many other Presidents had done just as he is believing never really used to happen. Presidents have never entirely faded away from public life.
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    Re: Why are ex Presidents in the spotlight doing political influence?

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    What are you talking about? Carter was involved long before Clinton became president. He has even been outspoken against a sitting U.S. president...
    I don't think he was as loud until Clinton started.
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