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Jimmy Carter has one very big regret. Most presidents are right there with him.

Jimmy Carter has one very big regret. Most presidents are right there with him.

As former President Carter told reporters Thursday that cancer had spread to his brain, he reflected on his life and was asked whether he had any regrets. The 90-year-old’s answer was blunt and candid. “I wish I had sent one more helicopter to get the hostages, and we would have rescued them, and I would have been reelected,” a grinning Carter said, referencing the failed mission to rescue 52 hostages held in Iran that some believe dashed his chances of serving a second term. While Carter’s comment was striking, acknowledgments of a major mistake from a president -- sitting or former -- are not as rare as it might seem. Almost every modern president has...

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