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Jimmy Carter discusses his cancer, earning admiration for courage and grace

Jimmy Carter discusses his cancer, earning admiration for courage and grace

When Jimmy Carter was elected president, he offered a kind of balm for a country sickened by the Watergate scandal and disillusioned by the Vietnam War. He was a simple, plain-spoken man of faith, who said he would never lie and promised a government as good as the American people. In four years, the former Georgia governor seemingly shrank before the country’s eyes. Dour and uninspiring, he appeared lost in the byways of Washington and overmatched by the role of president. After one term, the American people decided they could do better, and replaced him with the affable Ronald Reagan. The decades since have been a model of civic virtue, as Carter brokered international...

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