WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Rosie O’Donnell revealed who her favorite president was on a recent episode of “The View.”
During a broadcast of “The View” on Thursday, the panel discussed former President Jimmy Carter’s criticism of President Barack Obama’s handling of ISIS.
“President Carter … he’s the latest critic of President Obama claiming that Obama waited too long to address the terror threat posed by ISIS,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg said. “I think that’s funny because they said the same thing about him, he waited too long to take any action” when Iranians held Americans hostage at the U.S. Embassy in 1979 for over 400 days.
Co-host Nicolle Wallace stated that Carter has been harsher than former President George W. Bush ever would be on Obama.
O’Donnell then responded calling Carter a “man of peace.”
“And I think Jimmy Carter is an outlier in many ways. He’s not just a Democrat. I think he is a man of peace,” she said.
O’Donnell added: “He is my favorite president ever and, I think, probably, the most pious human being I’ve ever met in my life. And I have tremendous respect, admiration for him and his wife.”
Carter recently told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram the United States let the terror group build up its capabilities in Iraq and Syria.
“First of all, we waited too long. We let the Islamic State build up its money, capability and strength and weapons while it was still in Syria,” Carter told the Star-Telegram. “Then when [ISIS] moved into Iraq, the Sunni Muslims didn’t object to their being there and about a third of the territory in Iraq was abandoned.”
Carter feels that there should be some boots on the ground in Iraq to follow up on the airstrikes.
“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,” Carter explained to the Star-Telegram.
Carter added: “You have to have somebody on the ground to direct our missiles and to be sure you have the right target. Then you have to have somebody to move in and be willing to fight ISIS after the strikes.”
Carter also said that Obama’s Middle East policy has been hard to figure out.
“It changes from time to time,” Carter told the Star-Telegram of Obama’s policy. “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.”
Both Leon Panetta and Robert Gates have criticized Obama after leaving their position as defense secretary.