Don't believe the tripe
Of course, we heard the same b.s. a year-and-a-half ago, when Bill Clinton complained about Bush's handling of Hurricane Katrina. "This has never happened before. (F)ormer Presidents of both parties have stayed out of politics and have avoided criticizing their successors," claimed John Hinderaker of Power Line. " The Democrats appear bent on destroying every element of the fabric that has united us as Americans."
Of course, as I pointed out then, Hinderaker was either ignorant or he was lying. Republicans criticized Clinton throughout his presidency, beginning with an op-ed by Ronald Reagan less than a month after Clinton had taken office. "I can't refrain any longer," Reagan wrote about his 29 days of biting his tongue.
George H.W. Bush promised not to criticize Clinton for a year, but he couldn't make it nine months without bitching about the then-sitting president, something he continued to do throughout Clinton's presidency. He once even argued that Clinton was trashing America's reputation overseas, saying, "The trials of the present will soon pass away and once again our country will be respected and strong around the world."
Does that sound significantly different than Carter's claim that "as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history"? Not to me, but, because I'm not a Republican nitwit, it doesn't sound like "reckless personal criticism" to me, either. It sounds President Carter knows how to read.