Former president Jimmy Carter had hardly finished telling the world the details of his cancer diagnosis Thursday when the campaign signs started popping up in his hometown of Plains, Ga.
A smattering of supporters began sticking hundreds of green and black signs along the main road, hoping the 90-year-old native would see them when he returned home with his wife, Rosalynn. Unlike decades ago, these signs had nothing to do with presidential politics, but everything to do with Carter's ongoing treatment for melanoma, which has spread to his liver and brain. Each read:
“JIMMY CARTER FOR CANCER SURVIVOR.”
One organizer described it to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a “nonpartisan, unopposed campaign," in a story late Thursday:
The signs were meant to be up and visible by the time Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, arrived home in Plains. With Carter having disclosed he’d be undergoing radiation therapy after the press conference, folks here were hoping he’d get a boost from seeing their visible signs of support.
“If we can put a smile on his face, it’s worth it,” said Jill Stuckey, a close friend of the former first couple and a board member of the Friends of Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, which organized the sign campaign.
The paper reported that supporters seized on the idea after seeing a cartoon the AJC's editorial cartoonist, Mike Luckovich, created after Carter initially revealed he had cancer. It depicts a couple hammering a lawn sign into the ground in front of their house with the same slogan.