Carter? Double-digit inflation was good? I agree that Jimmy Carter is perhaps the most decent man in modern history to have been president, but he was a failure during his catastrophic one term, both on the homefront with runaway inflation, and in foreign affairs. Attempts to get the hostages freed from Iran was a fiasco--the first day Ronald Reagan became president, who soundly defeated Carter, the hostages were freed. What does this say about Carter? Carter tragically proved the words of T.S. Eliot: "between the Idea and the Reality...there lies the difference." A good man, who proved this after he was out of office, he could not effectively rule as president. (His greatest achievement as president was leaving office.) Check out the websites that rate him as one of the worst (and weakest) presidents in America
On the other hand, Dwight D. Eisenhower was a president for two terms, during which inflation was at an all-time low, industry was going strong and homes were being built and sold. By the way, it was Eisenhower who was responsible for the development of the interstate highway system coast-to-coast. People sometimes remark negatively that there was very little that happened during his administration. Upon reflection, one must surmise that Eisenhower had to have been doing many things right for so "little" to have happened. Reasons for his success point to his expertise as Commander in Chief of all Allied Forces in World War II and his knowledge and familiarity with foreign heads of stateboth of which were invaluable in dealing with foreign affairs.
With the tabloid press and the sensationalism and slant that it puts upon information, it is difficult for some public officials to avoid bad publicity while others have their scandalous connections with subversive radicals, etc. swept under the proverbial rug when the media supports them. Of course, the paranoic Richard Nixon always thought that the press was against him; sadly, part of his actions with respect to Watergate were precipitated by this paranoia. As a result of this debacle, it is true that many forgot or dismissed his accomplishments in his first term.