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(31,625 posts)
Sat Feb 17, 2024, 07:30 PM Feb 2024

Jimmy Carter's Long Goodbye

Feb. 17, 2024

The former president is on the verge of having spent a year in hospice care, once again confounding expectations in a life that has lasted nearly a century.

Mr. Carter entered hospice care one year ago Sunday, choosing to forgo further life-prolonging treatment with the intent to return to his simple home in Plains, Ga., to pass his final days in comfort and peace. As it turns out, there have been more final days than he or anyone around him anticipated.

The former president’s long goodbye has defied the odds and absorbed many around the world who have spent the last 12 months honoring his memory even as he has refused to follow anyone else’s timetable. Hospice care is meant to ease the end for both patient and family, prescribed for those with less than six months to live. About half of those who enter hospice care last no more than 17 days. Just 6 percent are still alive a year later. Mr. Carter, the only president ever to live to age 99, seems destined to keep pushing the limits.

“He’s been a record-breaker for decades — the oldest-living president, the longest-married president,” said Jill Stuckey, a longtime friend from Plains who visits him regularly. “It’s always been on President Carter’s terms. That’s how he’s living, and that’s how he’s going to die.”

His endurance at the end may serve as a rejoinder to those who never recognized his tenacity. “Carter once told me that he thought the biggest misconception about him was that he is weak,” said Jonathan Alter, author of “His Very Best,” a biography of Mr. Carter. “He wasn’t, as either a person or a president. In truth, this slight man — called ‘Peewee’ as a boy — is a person of extraordinary toughness and grit.”

The one-year anniversary of entering hospice care is not marked as if it were a holiday, but by chance for Mr. Carter it will fall the day before Presidents’ Day, so Ms. Stuckey’s park will host a discussion of his life.


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Jimmy Carter's Long Goodbye (Original Post) Donkees Feb 2024 OP
Simply a great man Alice Kramden Feb 2024 #1
Love you, Jimmy! senseandsensibility Feb 2024 #2
Genuine thoughts and prayers for Jimmy. keithbvadu2 Feb 2024 #3
Blessings, cilla4progress Feb 2024 #4
LOVE TO JIMMY CARTER spanone Feb 2024 #5
The most kind decent man to ever be president 💕 Raine Feb 2024 #6
My very first vote was for this man. byronius Feb 2024 #7
So was mine. I loved him then and love him more now sueh Feb 2024 #10
Also my first vote and also still proud of it. TomSlick Feb 2024 #12
So was mine. debm55 Feb 2024 #28
May he live to witness trumpisms defeat... Layzeebeaver Feb 2024 #7
Good Man From The Ashes Feb 2024 #9
Even as an atheist... Jack-o-Lantern Feb 2024 #11
It is enough that he believes. TomSlick Feb 2024 #13
Wonderful man Evolve Dammit Feb 2024 #14
One of our most MustLoveBeagles Feb 2024 #15
my sentiments exactly et tu Feb 2024 #21
I love Jimmy PlutosHeart Feb 2024 #16
My 1st vote in a POTUS election Pas-de-Calais Feb 2024 #17
Same here. mn9driver Feb 2024 #19
Secret for living a long life...... Butterflylady Feb 2024 #18
He was the first President LittleGirl Feb 2024 #20
The man lived and still lives to show the world what "real grace" is all about. Guinea Worms are all .. Botany Feb 2024 #22
We got stopped by Secret Service as we were about to cross the street... FailureToCommunicate Feb 2024 #23
Jason Carter on Jimmy Carter's strength of spirit Donkees Feb 2024 #24
Lovely malaise Feb 2024 #27
I must admit, I didn't think he would live long after Rosalynn died which would not have been unusual. n/t elocs Feb 2024 #25
Was thinking about this earlier last week malaise Feb 2024 #26
So are we waiting for him to die? He isn't in a hurry. Srkdqltr Feb 2024 #29
I know it is selfish of me, but I hope he lives to be at least 100 FlyingPiggy Feb 2024 #30
We have six living Presidents if you include Dolt 45. Most in history. twodogsbarking Feb 2024 #31
We're all happy to have him around for as long as he wants to stay struggle4progress Feb 2024 #32
God bless you Jimmie! bernieb Feb 2024 #33


(17,377 posts)
2. Love you, Jimmy!
Sat Feb 17, 2024, 07:50 PM
Feb 2024

Honestly that's all I can think of to say. Besides, for some reason my eyes are watering and it's hard to type.


(136,069 posts)
Sat Feb 17, 2024, 08:15 PM
Feb 2024



(1,830 posts)
10. So was mine. I loved him then and love him more now
Sat Feb 17, 2024, 08:47 PM
Feb 2024

He's a strong and kind, gracious man. We won't see another like him, but I hope I'm wrong about that.


(982 posts)
11. Even as an atheist...
Sat Feb 17, 2024, 08:47 PM
Feb 2024

Way down deep I wish there were some kind of a blissful afterlife that would receive such a good man as Jimmy.


(9,923 posts)
17. My 1st vote in a POTUS election
Sat Feb 17, 2024, 09:49 PM
Feb 2024

He gave the 1st largest federal pay increase.

Effing GOP & Reagan/Bush for fixing Iran prisoner release for after the election.

If it was done prior, the way it was meant to, Carter would have been a 2 term.


(3,576 posts)
18. Secret for living a long life......
Sat Feb 17, 2024, 09:54 PM
Feb 2024

Use Jimmy Carter as your role model.
1. Be kind
2. Love your fellow man
3. Help the poor and elderly
4. Be humble
5. Give of yourself
Jimmy Carter is all of the above plus more. He has more morals in his little finger than you know who has in his whole body.

Who am I kidding, you know who has no morals at all.


(8,293 posts)
20. He was the first President
Sat Feb 17, 2024, 10:14 PM
Feb 2024

I voted for and unfortunately, he did not win reelection. Damn shame. Where would our country be if Jimmy Carter had had another 4 years? He had that dutiful heart for his fellow humans and would have made America a beacon of joy for the world to admire and emulate. Instead, we got a hollywood fraudster that took away free college in CA, he destroyed unions, and he negotiated with traitors for our fellow citizens held hostage and disgraced our highest office. Then 45 happened.

What could have been...


(70,766 posts)
22. The man lived and still lives to show the world what "real grace" is all about. Guinea Worms are all ..
Sat Feb 17, 2024, 10:17 PM
Feb 2024

…. but gone. 99.99 % gone


Our Goal
Since 1986, The Carter Center has led the international campaign to eradicate Guinea worm disease, working closely with ministries of health and local communities, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and many others.

Guinea worm disease could become the second human disease in history, after smallpox, to be eradicated. It would be the first parasitic disease to be eradicated and the first disease to be eradicated without the use of a vaccine or medicine.

Guinea worm is a particularly devastating disease that incapacitates people for extended periods of time, making them unable to care for themselves, work, grow food for their families,


The Carter Center works to eradicate Guinea worm in five countries affected by the disease: Angola, Cameroon, Chad, Ethiopia, Mali, and South Sudan.


(14,052 posts)
23. We got stopped by Secret Service as we were about to cross the street...
Sat Feb 17, 2024, 10:44 PM
Feb 2024

My wife and I were visiting friends in D.C. We were walking out and near the Capitol the night of President Carter's inaugural. The President Elect and Rosalynn were motoring between the various galas and balls. Suddenly, these men jumped out of a car, and told our little group to stop and stay where were we were on the corner. The new President's limousine slowed, and turned, right in front of us. We could clearly see them both in the rear seat. Rosalynn and Jimmy waved enthusiastically at us. OUR faces must've looked stunned, but I will NEVER forget the joy, and friendliness, in their happy faces.

R.I.P. Rosalynn.
Godspeed President Jimmy Carter


(31,625 posts)
24. Jason Carter on Jimmy Carter's strength of spirit
Sun Feb 18, 2024, 11:25 AM
Feb 2024

Feb 18, 2024
The former president's grandson says his grandfather, who has witnessed massive transformations in the world during the past century, maintains his spirit thanks to his unwavering adherence to principles of faith and respect for others.


(22,709 posts)
25. I must admit, I didn't think he would live long after Rosalynn died which would not have been unusual. n/t
Sun Feb 18, 2024, 12:19 PM
Feb 2024


(6,488 posts)
29. So are we waiting for him to die? He isn't in a hurry.
Sun Feb 18, 2024, 12:25 PM
Feb 2024

I imagine millions of eyes on him , waiting, waiting for him to die. A collective sigh of relief when he is gone.
I'm in a mood this morning


(118,386 posts)
32. We're all happy to have him around for as long as he wants to stay
Sun Feb 18, 2024, 04:32 PM
Feb 2024

and we're really sorry Rosalynn had to go home so early

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