Jimmy Carter ‘is prepared for anything that comes’ as he begins radiation for … – Los Angeles Times

The nation’s 39th president, wearing jeans with a red tie and sport coat, strode in to deliver some bad news: He had cancer, it had spread to his brain and he would be undergoing radiation treatment immediately.

But Jimmy Carter was smiling.

“I’ve had a wonderful life. I’ve had thousands of friends. I’ve had an exciting, adventurous, gratifying existence,” Carter, 90, said during a televised Thursday morning news conference at the Carter Center in Atlanta. “I’ll be prepared for anything that comes.”

Even while facing one of the greatest challenges of his life, Carter once again demonstrated the candor and vitality that has distinguished his post-presidential career as a Nobel Peace Prize-winning humanitarian and international icon.

Carter sometimes cracked jokes and grinned as he discussed the internal melanoma that had spawned a tumor in his liver, four small masses on his brain and was expected to spread.

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When asked whether he would have done anything differently, Carter drew laughs when he said he wished he’d sent “one more helicopter” on the botched 1980 rescue attempt of American hostages in Iran — the defining failure of the Democrat’s one-term administration.

“We would have rescued them, and I would have been reelected,” grinned Carter.

Carter did not directly give a prognosis but was clearly optimistic.

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