President Carter Reveals Cancer Diagnosis

The Carter Center posted a single statement on the medical status of its namesake, former President Jimmy Carter:

“Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body. I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare. A more complete public statement will be made when facts are known, possibly next week.”

Elected in 1976, President Carter inherited a nation in a huge mess. The nation was still recovering from Watergate. The oil barons of Opec were trying to force western nations to bleed for our gasoline addiction. Civil rights had been gained during the turbulent decade before, but slow erosion had set in. And our economy was still suffering shocks from President Nixon and Ford’s negligence and mishandling.

Carter won office not by promising a miracle, but for a period of calm. And calm he delivered, with his administration not starting major conflicts anywhere in the world. But he inherited the sins of his office, which blew up in our ancient ally of Iran. The hostage situation was seized by GOP candidate Ronald Reagan and the Gipper’s treasonous act of negotiating with Iran sealed the Georgia peanut farmers fate as a one term president.

Since leaving the White House however, Carter has become a prominent global citizen. His charity work has brought help to people both around the world and here at home. Despite, or perhaps because, of how he left office, President Carter has served as a role model for a whole generation of citizen activists who seek to help make a better world for us all.

We now pray for a quick treatment and recovery for the man who is indeed the best ex-president in history.

Featured image via  Official White House Page