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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Former president Jimmy Carter, age 90, has announced that he has been diagnosed with cancer.

Carter said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon:

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.

In Carter’s family history, his father, James Sr., and his siblings Gloria, Ruth, and Billy all died of pancreatic cancer in their 50s or 60s.

Update: President Obama released this statement Wednesday:

Michelle and I send our best wishes to President Carter for a fast and full recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rosalynn and the entire Carter family as they face this challenge with the same grace and determination that they have shown so many times before. Jimmy, you’re as resilient as they come, and along with the rest of America, we are rooting for you.

Photo: Former president Jimmy Carter, via the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library.

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4 Responses to Former President Jimmy Carter Has Cancer

  1. These native-variety right-wing vigilantes would not be marching around Ferguson if right from the start the Governor of Missouri had taken over and announced: anyone of any race who burns, loots, commits riotous acts will be shot dead on the spot. And that is exactly what should be done in all instances in all states.
    Black lives do matter and so do white matters and so do all lives. From what I know the late Michael Brown got just what he deserved for committing a robbery and then violently attacking a police officer attempting to steal his gun presumably to murder that police officer. When anyone does that that person’s life does NOT matter.

  2. For NM bloggers who have like so many millions of Americans come to believe the Reagan and GOP fabrications of reality that Jimmy Carter was a terrible president, consider this from wikipedia:

    During his term as President, Carter created two new cabinet-level departments, the Department of Energy and the Department of Education. He established a national energy policy that included conservation, price control, and new technology. In foreign affairs, Carter pursued the Camp David Accords, the Panama Canal Treaties, the second round of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT II), and the return of the Panama Canal Zone to Panama.

    In addition, under Carter, America’s debt to GDP ratio hit the lowest level since the Great Depression at just under 35% of GDP. And clearly the American economy performed better during his 4 years than under any president in office since Hoover, except for FDR and LBJ. (Clearly much better than under Reagan.)

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