On his nationally syndicated radio show, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly said that if Jimmy Carter "were president today, we'd all be speaking Arabic." O'Reilly was responding to co-host Lis Wiehl, who objected to the inclusion of Carter in Bernard Goldberg's book 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America (And Al Franken is #37) (HarperCollins, 2005). In the book, Goldberg ranked Carter sixth on his list.
From the July 19 broadcast of Westwood One's The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly:
O'REILLY: Jimmy Carter. Jimmy Carter screwing up America. Yeah, Jimmy Carter is a second-guesser. And for a guy who was a pretty weak president, I don't know if that's a sustainable position.
WIEHL: But he --
O'REILLY: This is -- wait, wait, wait.
WIEHL: OK. I'm just frustrated. It's Jimmy Carter. I like Jimmy Carter.
O'REILLY: Yeah, I know you do. You know, if Carter were president today, we'd all be speaking Arabic.