|Source:ABC News- James E. Carter (Democrat, Georgia) 39th President of the United States (1977-81)|
Source:The New Democrat
"January 20, 1981. Ted Koppel reports on the last minute efforts of president Jimmy Carter to secure the release of American hostages in Iran prior to the Inauguration of Ronald Reagan."
From Jim Heath
The final insult from Iran to President Jimmy Carter was Iran not officially releasing the American hostages in Iran until the second or minute that Jimmy Carter was no longer President of the United States. And then the hostages were allowed to leave Iran for Algeria and then to Germany and then of course back to America. The Iranians kept these innocent American hostages who were only guilty of working at the American embassy in Iran longer than they had to just so Jimmy Carter who and his administration did all the work to get the Americans free and deserve all of the credit, but so they weren't officially released under their watch.