Jimmy Carter had a presidency that most Democrats would like to forget — riddled with massive unemployment and incredible stagnation. He was easily defeated by Ronald Reagan in 1980. However, instead of going into hiding, which is typical of many former Presidents, Carter decided to make a difference. He founded the Carter Center to be a major academic institution and as an influence in human rights and foreign policy. He has also devoted much of his life to Habitat for Humanity, helping economically challenged families to pursue a better life through a home.
He has also remained incredibly controversial, with verbal attacks against Israel and an almost bling sympathy for the Palestinian State. The former President released the following statement today:
Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body. I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare. A more complete public statement will be made when facts are known, possibly next week.