Presidents Always Disrespected, Baldwin Township Woman Says

'The office of the president deserves the utmost respect.' - Sharon Wikert

Sharon J. Wikert, a resident, wrote a March 4 letter to the editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in which she calls for respect for—and equal criticism of—all U.S. presidents.

Wikert says that she is a registered Independent and that, while some may call George W. Bush and Richard Nixon—both Republicans—bad presidents, Wikert calls Jimmy Carter—a Democrat—the worst U.S. president of her lifetime. (This paragraph has been corrected. The B-W Patch regrets the error. "I do NOT consider either of them (Bush or Nixon) to be bad presidents at all," Wikert says.)

In the spirit of equal treatment, Wikert writes, "I will give (President Barack) Obama credit for but also give the same kudos to our former President George W. Bush, as valuable information regarding bin Laden's whereabouts and activities was obtained through the interrogation techniques used by the (U.S.) Defense Department and armed forces during President Bush's terms in office."

Read Wikert's full letter here.

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Roberta B March 08, 2012 at 04:14 PM
I am a friend of the letter writer. I read her letter to the Editor of the Post Gazette. She did not state that she felt that Presidents Nixon and Bush were the worst presidents. Absolutely incorrect. I felt I needed to comment on this because you have not stated the facts correctly in her letter. She made the comment that the woman who wrote the letter stated that Presidents Bush and Nixon were the worst presidents .... my friend Sharon stated that she believed Jimmy Carter to be the WORST president in her lifetime. Hopefully your readers will read Sharon's letter and see that she was misquoted by the BW Patch and the BW Patch will make the correction. Thank you.
Robert Edward Healy, III March 08, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Roberta, thank you for writing. Our article does reflect that.
Roberta B March 08, 2012 at 09:31 PM
No, your article does NOT reflect that. Read her letter again. She states in it that the original letter writer (to which Sharon responded with her letter) stated that Presidents Nixon and Bush were the bad presidents and that she "respected" that opinion .... She then stated that Jimmy Carter was the worst president. So, NO, your article does NOT reflect that.
Robert Edward Healy, III March 08, 2012 at 09:45 PM
No need to shout. :) So, the difference is between "respecting" and "agreeing." I apologize if I connected the wrong dots. Could you have your friend email me please (robert.healyiii@patch.com)?
Robert Edward Healy, III March 08, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Roberta, just heard from Sharon via Facebook. Correction has been made. Thank you for reading and for correcting us.


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