An AP story about the decision of President Bush not to accept President Obama's invitation to attend the 9/11 ceremony in New York featured this:
Presidential experts say deference among most former presidents is an unwritten rule.
"In terms of having a lot of sound bite quotes about their successors, I just haven't seen that," said Dennis Simon, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University. "I think it demonstrates an appreciation for what it's like to be in that office. It's your time now. I understand what you're coming through because I've gone through that myself."
Given the loquaciousness of two men named Carter and Clinton, I believe the story should have read, Presidential experts say deference among most former Republican presidents is an unwritten rule.