In an otherwise dull Associated Press story about Jimmy Carter accusing Obama critics of racism, former president Carter said something completely disturbing, reckless and foolish to say about America.
"The president is not only the head of government, he is the head of state," he said. "And no matter who he is or how much we disagree with his policies, the president should be treated with respect."
Since he used to be one, Carter should know very well that the United States president is head of the Executive Branch - not the entire government. You can say the president is the individual endowed with the most power in the United States government, but with the oh-so-purposeful system of checks and balances, the president is no more the head of government than the lead guppy is in charge of a school of fish.