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A Little White Lie!

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After a series of short hospital stays, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, 98-years old, decided on February 21, 2023 to spend his remaining time at home with his family and receive hospice care instead of additional medical intervention. 

After Jimmy Carter left the White House in 1981 he spoke at Southern Methodist University and related an incident that happened to his mother.

A woman reporter came to Plains, Georgia, to interview his mother Lillian in order to do an article about Mr. Carter and his family. His mother really didn’t want to be interviewed, but was simply being gracious and agreed to the interview.  

So when the reporter knocked at her door, Mrs. Carter invited her in. The reporter asked some hard questions and actually was rather aggressive and rude.

“I want to ask you a question,” she said. “Your son ran for the presidency on the premise that he would always tell the truth. Has he ever lied?”

Mrs. Carter said, “I think he’s truthful. I think you can depend on his word.”

The reporter again asked if he had ever lied in his entire life.

His mother said, “Well, I guess maybe he’s told a little white lie.”

“Ah, see there!” the reporter exclaimed. “He’s lied! If he told a white lie, he has lied.”

The reporter was still not satisfied and asked her, “What is a white lie?” 

At that point Lillian Carter said, “It’s like a moment ago when you knocked on the door and I went to the door and said I was glad to see you. That was a white lie.” 

Thanks to Magda Ehlers for the photo.

What do YOU think about lying and about always telling the truth? What makes YOU say that? 


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