The obvious question to be asked when hearing that Jimmy Carter thinks his role is “superior” to that of other presidents is “What the heck is wrong with Jimmy Carter?” The obvious answer is the man is nuts. But I think it goes a little deeper than that. It’s some kind of deep down narcissism that Jimmy from Georgia hasn’t quite shaken.

Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter delivers a speech during a conferment ceremony of the honorary doctoral degree in political science for him at Korea University in Seoul in this March 23, 2010 file photo. Carter will travel to isolated North Korea within days to win the release of an American prisoner there, media reports said on August 24, 2010. Picture taken March 23, 2010. REUTERS/Truth Leem (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: EDUCATION POLITICS HEADSHOT)

Former President Carter has been in the news lately for a couple of odd things, one moronic, one downright classless. Let’s start with the moronic since it holds the most comedic value. In an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, Carter was asked about the famous picture of him and the former Presidents where he is standing at arm’s length from them.

His Answer is both stunning and somewhat confusing. He answered this way:

No. I — I feel that my role as a former president is probably superior to that of other presidents’. Primarily because of the activism and the — and the injection of working at the Carter Center and in international affairs, and to some degree, domestic affairs, on energy conservation, on — on environment, and things of that kind. We’re right in the midst of the — of the constant daily debate.

Is he saying that what he does at the Carter Center is superior to that of President Clinton’s foundation, President Bush’s foundation or is he saying that all of the meddling he does is somehow more important that anything any of the former Chief Executives undertake? Quite frankly I can’t ascertain what the heck the man is talking about. And how exactly does Jimmy Carter’s superiority to other Presidents explain the picture in question?

Now let’s tackle his classless statements about the late Ted Kennedy. Sure, Kennedy wasn’t the most upstanding guy ever to grace public office, but is it necessary to trample on the man’s grave? I think not. Carter was asked in an interview with 60 Minutes about his upcoming diary to be published and he hammered Kennedy for torpedoing his universal healthcare proposal.

Here’s the thing with Jimmy Carter. He has long been known as America’s worst President. That distinction is now in danger with talk of Obama succeeding him on that throne. He’s got to get his name back in the news, back to the forefront of terrible Commander’s in Chief.

Will heartless statements about the deceased liberal lion of the Senate and claiming that he (Carter) is superior to other ex-Presidents do it? I don’t know, but he sure is trying.