Ford: Carter was 'disaster,' Reagan was overpraised. This article is from the IndyStar.com. It relates a series of interviews with President Ford from after his presidency until his death. In them, he indicated his disapproval with Carter and Reagan.
In 1981, Ford said: "I think Jimmy Carter would be very close to Warren G. Harding. I feel very strongly that Jimmy Carter was a disaster, particularly domestically and economically. I have said more than once that he was certainly the poorest president in my lifetime."
Ford noted that Reagan was "probably the least well-informed on the details of running the government of any president I knew." In a separate interview, he said Reagan "was just a poor manager, and you can't be president and do a good job unless you manage."
I wonder, could Ford have disliked these men because of personal reasons? He lost to Carter in the 1976 Presidential election. Reagan strongly challenged him in the Republican primaries that same year. In addition, Reagan backed out on a deal to name him his Vice-Presidential candidate in 1980. It just seems odd that Ford considered the very different political presidents of Carter and Reagan equally in disdain. Perhaps this is due to personal feelings rather than keen presidential insight?