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Saturday, June 22, 2024

Jimmy Carter is within sight of making history yet again. Sunday marks 100 days until Carter would become the first president to witness his own 100th birthday. As Carter inches closer to his birthday on Oct. 1, defying odds and expectations, preparations are gearing up for the landmark event - including a 100-mile bike ride and a film festival in his home state of Georgia.

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Statistically, Americans have a less than one percent chance of living to 100. And Carter faces particularly significant challenges in reaching the milestone. For the past 16 months, he's been in hospice, end-of-life care that focuses on comfort and foregoes medical intervention. Half of people in hospice die within 17 days, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

According to friends and family, Carter continues to have a good appetite and eats meals made from the squash, peppers, corn and other vegetables grown on his boyhood farm, which is now a museum maintained by the National Park Service. They said he still recognizes people and smiles.

For several years he has not been able to walk, and the last time he went outside his home in Plains, Ga., was when he was wheeled into his backyard on Easter Sunday in March.

More recently, Carter has been sleeping or resting for much of the time, sometimes in a favorite recliner in the living room.

Since his improbable rise from peanut farmer to president in 1976, Carter has been an underdog. In 2015, he survived metastatic melanoma, which had spread to his liver and brain. He has long outlived all three siblings, who died of pancreatic cancer.

One of the most remarkable and productive lives of the last 2 centuries, Carter again stands as an unique icon - arguably more famous for his 43 post presidential years than his 4 years as President.

It's laughable how differently supposed evangelicals viewed this devoted man who openly lived his faith every single day of his life versus how they deify a philandering grifter who has never shown a moment of simple humanity - remorse, understanding or regret - as he daily breaks the very Commandments he claims to love.

Maybe Jimmy Carter was a living example of the abject hypocrisy that many people who espouse that religion guide and control our government and people obliviously represent. The Carter's lives were filled with continuous service to humanity and their own communities up until they were physically unable to do any more. What an American life - that isn't quite over yet.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2024-06-22 01:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

If he reaches 100 I will join whatever celebration my regions Baptists plan to have.

#2 | Posted by Tor at 2024-06-22 04:21 PM | Reply

Maybe he'll pull a George Burns.

#3 | Posted by sentinel at 2024-06-22 07:43 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

The best thing about him in retrospect is he knew when to stop being president of the US and move to hang out with world leaders to assist them in meaningful change.

Trumpanzees paint him in a negative light because he wasn't a turd polisher in chief. They love sucking up to someone because they are so apt towards multilevel suckuppery as part of their -----------. It's like a pyramid scheme of fawning the fawnable. They are intoxicated on their adoration. All they have to do is get a downline of fawners...of their own, who will go out and get more fawners... eventually they will make it into the up line... it will be their turn... soon... just... you watch... want to go to a rally to see how it's done?

Political theater.

Carter didn't care what "they" thought. Carter was an intelligent man. Carter is more intelligent than most men.

If he makes it there... it will be the ultimate mic-drop moment... right up there with the Camp David Accord.

#4 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2024-06-23 08:10 AM | Reply

Maybe he'll pull a George Burns.

#3 | POSTED BY SENTINEL

And become the voice of God?

#5 | Posted by donnerboy at 2024-06-23 10:35 AM | Reply

Jimmy Carter was the most honest and decent President any of us still living will ever see. The US and the World would be FAR better off today had we listened too and reelected him.

#6 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2024-06-24 11:09 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Well, if you calculate age like most East Asians do, he is a 100 yrs old. They count "womb time". The day you're born, you're already 1 yrs old.

#7 | Posted by shane at 2024-06-24 11:22 AM | Reply

The day you're born, you're already 1 yrs old.

#7 | POSTED BY SHANE

It would only be 9 months older over here.

They have to incubate them 3 months longer over there?

Maybe that's why they are better at math?

#8 | Posted by donnerboy at 2024-06-24 11:48 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

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