ATLANTA – Tuesday night in Atlanta, former President Jimmy Carter said his latest MRI scan shows he remains in good health after fighting cancer for much of the past year.
It’s just one of the many topics Mr. Carter addressed – about his life and the work of the Carter Center around the world, answering audience questions along with Mrs. Carter.
Agree or disagree with the politics of a certain, outspoken, soon-to-be 92-year-old 39th president of the United States, Jimmy Carter's perceptions and analyses and command of issues foreign and domestic have never been keener.
Mr. Carter, on the Carter Center's stage, with Rosalynn Carter -- Their annual Q-and-A session with the public.
What would he ask the presidential candidates in a debate –
“I would see how each of them feels about peace and human rights,” Carter said. “I think it would be an embarrassing question for them, because they haven’t talked about that in the campaign.”
With the new Snowden movie coming out, what about loss of privacy in the name of fighting terrorists?
“I think we make a mistake by having government interfere in our personal communications too much,” Carter said.
The Carters described their attempts to cure diseases around the world, work for a cease fire in Syria, bringing peace to Columbia, and yes, Mr. Carter is writing another book – his 30th.
“I have to make a living,” he said, joking.
And his health, recovering from cancer, no longer needing treatment –
“I had my three-month MRI scan this morning – it turned out to be okay,” he said. “They can still see the scars on the brain, but they’re smaller, not bigger, so that’s good.”
As ever, Jimmy Carter, throughout the evening – blunt and biting, poignant and funny.
The happy tone now, contrasting with the worries a year ago about his health. A tone of celebration for this couple, who this year celebrate 70 years of marriage, their future bright.
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