Last week I listened to former president Jimmy Carter’s press conference. I was very impressed by what he had to say but more importantly, how he gave his message. As the world knows, he has been diagnosed with cancer and was very clear that he had surgery in early August and was told afterward that the cancer had spread to his brain. He mentioned that he would be undergoing radiation treatments and was hopeful that they would be successful.
He is 90 years old and spoke candidly about what his life has been like. He mentioned his political successes but spent time discussing his work after leaving the presidency. He called this work “doing the right thing”. That was a wonderful statement. When you looked at it in its context, you observed his work in Habitat for Humanity, helping supervise elections around the world, and raising money through the Carter Center to help those in need. It was clear to me that this work has helped make parts of the world better places.
He will continue this work but in a scaled down fashion. Both he and his wife have been dedicated to this effort and I believe this will be a large part of his legacy. When a person like the former president, makes this kind of effort, it is a lesson to all of us that we should make every effort, through our civic involvement, to improve those things that we can. He mentioned public service and how important public service is.
At the close of the press conference, he received a standing ovation. It was a great thing to see. Much has been said about our ex-presidents as to what they do after they leave office. Jimmy Carter has done so much. It was a wonderful event to watch.
Sen. Lou D’Allesandro is from Manchester and has represented the people of District 20 for nine terms. For the 2015-2016 legislative session he is Vice Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee and sits on the Finance and Capital Budget Committees. You can reach Sen. D’Allensandro at email@example.com