Not to mention the cost in economic terms. It was Carter who, believing everybody has a "right" to a home whether they can pay for it or not, started pressuring banks to give mortgages to people who were almost certain to default. And then the rest started happening, with the unbacked securities, derivatives, etc. He bears a huge share of the blame for our soon descent into third-world status.
History repeats itself again. Carter was elected by the public's knee-jerk reaction in wanting to elect the anti-Nixon. Barack Hussein Obama gets elected for being the anti-Bush and the first person of color to be elected to the nation's highest office, regardless of his level of incompetence. Carter probably breaths a sigh of relief every morning and silently thanks the mainstream media for their efforts in getting BHO elected.