President Jimmy Carter, A Story
Just recently I posted the story about Mr. Carter’s cancer illness and the new treatment that saved his life.
Perhaps the former peanut farmer and later Governor was not cut out for national politics , and I , like many others , lamented his procrastination and leftist leanings.
But there is one area in which his approach shined brilliantly.
You see when he was President , I was Premier of the small Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
Well, in my travels around the Province there were many who pressed upon me with a particular problem that they thought only the first minister could solve. Rarely was this true but on occasion I suspect it was. And so I always had one or two assistants nearby to ensure that we understood the problem and that we would get back to the voter with a response to the particular issue. And one such unusual problem arose.
A middle aged woman approached me with quite a problem. She had been diagnosed with a rare , severe arthritic problem . Her doctor informed her that it would be difficult to reduce the pain and discomfort on a permanent basis. If , however, she was in a dry climate , that lack of humidity , coupled with appropriate medications could significantly reduce her problem and allow her to continue working. She said she had friends in Arizona . She was well qualified and hence she thought she could find employment. Was it possible , she inquired , to get a visa or move permanently to the USA?
Well, we knew that going through regular channels could be long , and difficult. So after some deliberation we hit upon the idea of going straight to the White House. Why not? Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
And so a fax ( before computers) was prepared under my signature and sent.
A few days later a response was received indicating that the President was always interested in such cases and that they were prepared to expedite the case.
And so a good deed was accomplished . The lady moved to Arizona, acquired a job and her condition was much improved .
It is fitting , then , that Mr. Carter be blessed with getting a drug at the last moment that saved his life, given that it is most likely he helped many lives like the one of our Newfoundland lady.