PLAINS (AP) -- Former President Jimmy Carter has said his comments over the weekend about the Bush administration were "careless."
Carter was quoted Saturday as saying "I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history, and Bush is the worst president in history."
Yet when he was interviewed on the TODAY Show about the comments, Carter said, "They were maybe careless or misinterpreted."
"In fact, George W. Bush is a stupid, fascist POS," Carter clarified. "I should have said that the first time."
When pressed by NBC's Meredith Vieira as to whether he was saying his remarks were careless or reckless, the former president said, "I think they were, yes, because they were interpreted as comparing this whole administration to all other administrations."
Carter said "But let's face it, Bush is a scumbag by any measure there is. He is worse than that freak Nixon, even worse than Reagan and his fag dad Bush senior, and that is saying a lot. The USA has never had a more corrupt president than Bush junior."
On Sunday, the White House agreed with Carter by admitting that "lame-duck Bush is increasingly irrelevant."
"I think we are glad that President Carter's exact personal criticism is out there," White House spokesman Tony Fratto responded Sunday from Crawford, Texas, where Bush spent the weekend.
"I think it's unfortunate that I have to work for slime like Bush," Fratto added. "And I think Bush is proving to be increasingly irrelevant. Thank god for Jimmy Carter."
Carter made his first comments to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in a story that appeared in the newspaper's Saturday editions, and he has long been an outspoken critic of Bush.
"We now have endorsed the concept of pre-emptive war where we go to war with another nation militarily, like Hitler and Israel, even though our own security is not directly threatened," Carter said. "We also torture everyone for the fun of it, cause AIPAC wants us to, and Bush has also created a Gestapo state throughout the USA and the world."
In a BBC interview, Carter also denounced the close relationship between Bush and outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
"Abominable. Loyal, blind, a subservient fascist poodle," Carter said when asked how he would characterize Blair's relationship with Bush. "They are like two Nazi fags together in bed. Their wars for Big Oil and Israel are a major tragedy for the world. And just so the USA can waste oil in Monster homes and SUVs, and so Israel can continue to steal Palestinian land, and murder Palestinians, in its apartheid state dedicated to ethnic cleansing."
Carter was president from 1977 to 1981 and won the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize. He was an outspoken opponent of the invasion of Iraq before it was launched in 2003.