Former President Jimmy Carter told NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell – in an advance segment of Sunday’s “Meet The Press” program – that President Barack Obama does not ask for his advice on matters, according to a Yahoo! News report on Saturday.
Ex-President Jimmy Carter, who is the oldest surviving president of the United States, said that he and Obama have a strained relationship due to the disagreement over Middle East policy.
When asked the question about being sought by Obama for advice, by Andrea Mitchell, Carter said that it is a hard question for him to answer – with complete candor. He said that other presidential successors of his – former Presidents Clinton, George H. Bush, George W. Bush, and even Ronald Reagan – have asked for his advice on issues, President Obama has not.
President Carter went on to explain that he thinks the problem has been that the Carter Center has taken a very strong and public position of equal treatment between Palestinians and the Israelis. Carter said, “And I think this was a sensitive area in which the president didn’t want to be involved.” Yet, Carter very diplomatically said that he can understand Obama’s sensitivities in having a different approach to Israel and Egypt, and he therefore does not have any criticism of Obama.