"What the Heck Are You up To, Mr. President?"

"What the Heck Are You up To, Mr. President?"

Jimmy Carter, America's "malaise," and the Speech That Should Have Changed the Country

Book - 2009
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An assessment of the events that led up to Jimmy Carter's infamous 1979 "malaise" speech places it against a backdrop of such events as the gas crisis and the Iran-hostage situation while explaining that the speech had far greater relevance than its reception reflected.

McMillan Palgrave

In 1979, in an effort to right our national malaise, Jimmy Carter delivered a speech that risked his reputation and the future of the Democratic Party, changing the course of American politics for the next twenty-five years.

At a critical moment in Jimmy Carter's presidency, he gave a speech that should have changed the country. Instead it led to his downfall and ushered in the rise of the conservative movement in America. In "What the Heck Are You Up To, Mr. President?" Kevin Mattson gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the weeks leading up to Carter's "malaise" speech, a period of great upheaval in the United States: the energy crisis had resulted in mile-long gas lines, inciting suburban riots and violence; the country's morale was low and Carter's ratings were even lower. The administration, wracked by its own crises, was in constant turmoil and conflict. What came of their great internal struggle, which Mattson conveys with the excitement of a political thriller, was a speech that deserves a place alongside L incoln's Gettysburg Address or FDR's First Inaugural. Prominent politicians on both sides of the aisle play important roles, including Carter, Vice President Walter Mondale, speechwriter Hendrik Hertzberg, Ronald Reagan, and Ted Kennedy. Like the best of narrative political writing, Mattson provides great insight into the workings of the Carter White House and the moral crisis that ushered in a new, conservative America.



Baker
& Taylor

An assessment of the events that led up to Jimmy Carter's infamous 1979 "malaise" speech places it against a backdrop of such events as the gas crisis and the Iran-hostage situation while explaining that the speech had far greater relevance than its reception reflected, in an account that also claims the speech inadvertently set a course for the conservative movement.

Publisher: Bloomsbury : New York, 2009
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781596915213
1596915218
Branch Call Number: 973.926 CARTE MATTS
Characteristics: 263 pages ; 22 cm

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Feb 16, 2014

This book is a typical example of explaining everything in terms of political theater, and ignoring some important negatives of the Carter Administration: destabilizing the then-secular government of Afghanistan, which led to the slaughter of secular Afghanistanis (academics, artists and professionals - - financed by the Carter and Reagan administrations, one hopes inadvertently?), abolishing the federal anti-usury laws, which paved the way for the Reagan Adminisration's introduction of ARMs (Adjustable Rate Mortgages, which would have been ruled usurious previously), et cetera. Carter did take at least two positive actions: (1) the rewriting of the oil depletion allowance to only pertain to small companies (that didn't last long); and, (2) the move towards solar energy, which infuriated David Rockefeller, Carter's original financial backer. The speechifying really wasn't almost besides the point, Wall Street wanted Reagan.

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