Their mutual contempt for Carter is addressed in a book entitled “The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity,” written by Time Magazine writers Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy.
According to Duffy and Gibbs, Carter is the gift that just keeps on giving, referring to many of his post-presidency antics.
“Carter gives the club a great gift, something for all the others to complain about."Supposedly Barack Obama isn't too fond of him either, because of this propensity to "go off script." In fact, Duffy said in a CNN "State Of The Union" interview that:
“When nothing seemed to unite the members, the club often bonded over what an annoying cuss Carter could be.”
“He just had this habit of going off script that could be very annoying to them,” Gibbs said yesterday on CNN’s “State of the Union."
‘When President Obama sent Carter to North Korea in 2010 [to secure the release of American Aijalon Mahli Gomes] he was so concerned about Carter going off that script that he made him sign a 12-point contract before he left including one point which was to never talk to the press about the trip, which then he did talk to (the press) about.’As we all know, Jimmy is notorious for not only going off script but shoving his foot into his mouth.
In the book former staffers are quoted as saying some of his actions could actually be considered “treason."
On the other hand, Gibbs said that George W. Bush has been much more helpful to Obama, even arranging for a 'welcoming ceremony' to initiate Barack into the President's Club, and has made a concerted effort to not cause him any grief. Unlike Jimmy Carter.