Ryan Leaf was the second pick in the 1998 draft. Widely heralded as a high-caliber quarterback with great potential, Leaf was a disaster, a bust of epic proportions, and the worst draft pick in NFL history…until Jamarcus Russell came along. Picked first by the Raiders in the 2007 draft (ahead of Calvin Johnson, among others), Russell’s career lasted a little more than two absolutely miserable seasons, during which he gained nearly 50 pounds, and compiled a QB rating of 65.2. Point being, Ryan Leaf must have been pretty glad when Jamarcus Russell flopped onto the football field and took the crown of biggest bust ever.
It was the Ryan Leaf / Jamarcus Russell debacle that came to mind when we read an interview that former President Jimmy Carter gave to the Fort Worth Star Telegram. Widely known as the worst post-war Democratic Party President, Carter’s low point came when he was attacked by a killer rabbit (story: http://www.wnyc.org/story/hare-brained-history-curious-case-jimmy-carter-v-rabbit/) – or possibly when his attempt to rescue the hostages in Iran ended in a military debacle. Either way, Carter was pretty much a disaster.
Which is why Ryan Leaf came to mind when I read Carter’s interview in the Star Telegram, where he revels in the foibles of the Jamarcus-esque Obama Administration. Carter critiqued the Obama Administrations malleable foreign policy, “It changes from time to time,” he said in the interview, “I noticed that two of his secretaries of defense, after they got out of office were very critical of the lack of positive action on the part of the president.”
Carter also faulted the Obama Administration for failing to target ISIS earlier, and suggested that the U.S. commit ground troops. In the article Carter says, “First of all, we waiting too long…If we keep on working in Iraq and have some ground troops to follow up when we do our bombing, there is a possibility of success.”
Meanwhile, G-Money Joe Biden, rocking indoor aviator sunglasses and some fat stacks of cash, savored his ice cream cone. Because even the NYYRC can appreciate ice cream.