Jimmy Carter's "Malaise Speech" did not include the word "malaise."
What Carter did say was to the point. It still is.
"Too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption. Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns," Carter told the nation. He said "fragmentation and self-interest" prevented Americans from tackling the energy crisis.
Who, for example, is Mitt Romney?
Of course we all know what Etch-a-Sketch owns.
Willard is a very successful man.
Obama, on the other hand, "hates success."
Trappist monk, Father Thomas Merton was once asked to write a chapter for a book entitled "Secrets of Success." He replied: "If it so happened that I had once written a best-seller, this was a pure accident, due to inattention and naïveté, and I would take very good care never to do the same again. If I had a message for my contemporaries, I said, it was surely this: Be anything you like, be madmen, drunks, and bastards of every shape and form, but at all costs avoid one thing: success."
The entire text of Carter's speech is at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/primary-resources/carter-crisis/