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Sat Feb 17, 2024, 07:30 PM Feb 17

Jimmy Carter's Long Goodbye [View all]

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