Bad news for Jimmy

From Yahoo! via Instapundit:

A high-profile documentary, Sony Pictures Classics’ “Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains,” had a poor debut, taking in just $10,573 at seven theaters. The film from director Jonathan Demme (“The Silence of the Lambs”) follows the former president during a tour to promote his book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.”

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  1. Mike-El says:

    I promise you that nobody was thinking “box-office gold” when they greenlit a Jimmy Carter documentary. The fact that it’s in less than ten theaters shows that this is only a cursory big-screen run done to ensure Oscar eligibility.

  2. Paul from Jefferson says:

    One has to wonder where those theaters were located. Assuming that the distributor had any business acumen, I would guess places like San Francisco and New York City. Or perhaps some college towns like Cambridge or Berkeley. In other words prime territory for a pro-Jimmy Carter documentary.

  3. Dave says:

    Is anybody surprised by the lack of interest in the worst and most ineffective president in the 20th century?

  4. ChuckEaton says:

    I think the Oscars and Nobel Peace Prizes will be on a permanent rotation for Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, Hillary Clinton and possibly posthumanously for Che Guerra and his great t-shirts for the near future.

  5. StevePerkins says:

    Give me a break, Dave. I can think of at least five Presidents over the past century who were more ineffective and/or worse for the country than Carter:

    Woodrow Wilson: Lead the country into an unpopular war… jailed thousands of people for criticizing the government, before his Sedition Act was eventually repealed (Wilson made Dubya look like an amateur in this regard)… started the trend toward yielding sovereignty to international groups.

    William Harding: Died of a heart attack about two years into his term, in the midst of scandals about extramarital affairs and fathering an illegitimate child. Was once quoted as saying, “I am not fit for this office and never should have been here.”

    FDR: Don’t get me started.

    Johnson: Other than getting the Civil Rights Act passed, he was a horrible President who grew the welfare state beyond FDR’s size… and bumbled the Vietnam War.

    Nixon: In addition to the obvious issues, he was also fairly left-wing on economic issues and hurt the country through price-freezes and the move toward inflationary fiat currency.

    It would be best to wait a decade or two before starting to evaluate George W. Bush’s legacy, but the prognosis isn’t looking all that good.

  6. Dave says:

    Given Carter’s 21 percent interest rates, his impotent response to our diplomats getting taken hostage in Iran, his giving back of the Panama Canal, the Arab Oil embargo and his general worthlessness, I’d say he’s right up there pretty close to the other worthless presidents you rightfully noted.

  7. Dave says:

    Awsome summary, jsm. Why anybody ever still listens to this man I truly will never understand. Thank God he can swing a hammer and drive a nail. Of course, so can any construction worker.

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