As for promoting energy conservation, Carter tells Stahl that his program was lowering America’s dependence on foreign oil by 50 percent. Former President Reagan got rid of the solar panels on the White House that Carter said he put in place and made other changes that did away with conservation, Carter said.
“[Reagan] wanted to show that America was a great nation. So great that we didn’t have to limit the enjoyment of life,” Carter said, acknowledging that Reagan’s plan was better received.
Carter said he passed more programs that any other president – but tells Stahl that trying to do too much was one of the mistakes he made while in office. The others included micromanaging and trying to de-formalize the office by carrying his own bags and asking that “Hail to the Chief” not be played when he entered a room, he said.