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Thursday morning, 90 year-old former President Jimmy Carter addressed his cancer diagnosis, which he first announced in a brief press statement last week.
Dressed in a suit jacket and blue jeans, the former President optimistically put forward details of his health. Carter explained that he has metastatic melanoma, which was originally detected in his liver but has spread to four spots in his brain.
While his doctor was on hand to discuss Carter’s condition, the former president ultimately fielded several questions that asked him a to reflect on his legacy.
One reporter asked him if he had any regrets, and the answer, which pointed to the Iran hostage crisis, got a laugh.
“I wish I’d sent one more helicopter to rescue the hostages,” Carter said. “I think I might have been re-elected.”
But when Carter was asked to identify his proudest accomplishment, he pointed to his marriage of 69 years.
“The best thing I ever did was marrying Rosalynn,” Carter said. “So that’s been the pinnacle of my life.”
Upon asking how he has felt over the news of his health, he struck a positive note.
“I’m perfectly at ease with whatever comes,” Carter said. “I have a deep religious faith …I’m looking forward to a new adventure.”
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