Jimmy Carter's Malaise Speech, 1979



Was this the last time any US President spoke fully honestly and openly directly to the public and told them what they really see and what we need to do about it?  I heard some pundit call this was the speech that nailed the coffin of his 1980 2nd term run against Reagan.

There is a certain arrogance in Carter that feels off putting.  He's didactic and talks down in way. He's not inspiring the way that JFK could explain the state of things with poetry and up lift us to follow him.
Topiary