On Saturday, Jimmy Carter’s family released a statement updating the public on the former President’s health and that the 98-year-old had entered home hospice care. Carter is the longest-living President and will be receiving care in Plains, Georgia.
“Statement on President Carter’s Health:
After a series of short hospital stays, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter today decided to spend his remaining time at home with his family and receive hospice care instead of additional medical intervention. He has the full support of his family and his medical team. The Carter family asks for privacy during this time and is grateful for the concern shown by his many admirers.
BREAKING: 98 year old Jimmy Carter has entered into hospice care. 😢 pic.twitter.com/Z4IfyGIBVd
— Spiro’s Ghost (@SpiroAgnewGhost) February 18, 2023
Carter won the 1976 election, becoming the 39th President of the United States. He ran against President Gerald R. Ford and was the not well-known governor of Georgia at the time.
Carter served only one turbulent term. He was then swiftly defeated by Republican Ronald Reagan in 1980. Reagan won in a landslide. After Carter’s loss, he dedicated his time to advancing The Carter Center, which worked on democracy advocacy, public health, and human rights, according to the AP. In 2022 his work earned him a Nobel Peace Prize. Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, 95, opened the center in 1982. Carter’s grandson Jason who now chairs The Carter Center’s governing board, said he “saw both of my grandparents yesterday. They are at peace, and—as always—their home is full of love.”
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On Oct. 1, 1924, Jimmy Carter was born to a notable family who lived in the country in south Georgia. During World War 2, he entered the U.S. Naval Academy as a young man and pursued a career as a Naval officer. Eventually, he, Rosalynn, and their children moved back to Georgia, where Jimmy took over his father Earl’s peanut business.
Carter’s first public office was on the local school board. He became a Georgia Senator and then ran for the Governor’s office. His White House run started slowly, with Carter as an underdog in the race. One of his promises to the American people was that he would not lie or deceive them, a welcome message following watergate.
Carter’s campaign promise was,
“If I ever lie to you, if I ever make a misleading statement, don’t vote for me. I would not deserve to be your president.”
One Twitter user posted video footage of Carter helping Habitat for humanity in 2019,
“In 2019, President Jimmy Carter, the oldest living former president in US history, at age 95, built Habitat for Humanity homes in Nashville. President Carter represents the best of humanity.”
In 2019, President Jimmy Carter, the oldest living former president in US history, at age 95, built Habitat for Humanity homes in Nashville.
President Carter represents the best of humanity. pic.twitter.com/oFZpcZC5Be
— Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) February 18, 2023
In 2015, following a cancer diagnosis, Carter expressed his gratitude for the life he has led, saying, “I’m perfectly at ease with whatever comes. I’ve had an exciting, adventurous, and gratifying existence.”