A thank you to President Jimmy Carter

President Jimmy Carter

A few days ago, Jimmy Carter, 39th U.S. President 1977-81, and 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, announced that he has cancer. At age 90, and with a strong family history of cancer, President Carter’s long term prognosis is likely not optimistic.

Jimmy Carter has been much maligned by his enemies over the years. Their criticisms speak more about them, than about President Carter.

I happen to have always been a strong supporter of President Carter, and as his Presidential years turned into now-34 post-Presidential years, President Carter has proven to be one of our nations and worlds most outstanding and respected leaders – unless one’s criteria for success is taking the nation into war, something Jimmy Carter never did, truly a badge of honor.

Jimmy and Rosalind Carter have walked the talk of service.

He has been a prolific author. I have, and have read, most of his many books.

The Carter Center has in its 33 year history been a positive presence in many countries, particularly in the areas of human rights and health.

Jimmy Carter lent early and persuasive support to the Habitat for Humanity program.

He gave a most positive definition to the word “Christian”, for many years leading a public Bible discussion group at his Church in Plains, Georgia.

He is one of a select group, and the only American, of The Elders, an organization founded by Nelson Mandela to share wisdom with the rest of us.

When his term on earth ends, the ledger sheet will show that he more than paid his dues.

I was privileged to hear Jimmy Carter speak five months ago, in March, 2015, in Minneapolis at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. The near one hour talk and Q&A several hundred of us heard can be viewed here.

Thank you, President Carter.

This post was written by Dick Bernard and originally published on Thoughts Towards a Better World.

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