Jimmy Carter: A Conversation with a World Health Organization Official in New Jersey and the Call for Investigations into Russian Interference in the 2016 Election
Online tributes have been rolling in for former President Jimmy Carter, after it was announced that the 98-year-old statesman would enter hospice care at home following a recent series of short hospital stays.
Carter, grandson of the former president, said that his grandparents were at peace when he visited Friday and that their home was full of love.
After the death of George H.W Bush, Jimmy Carter became the oldest living US president. The 39th President has kept a low public profile in recent years due to the coronaviruses, but he continues to speak out about the dangers of democracy around the world.
Carter beat brain cancer but had to undergo surgery in order to remove some of the pressure from his brain because of health scares. His health woes forced him to give up his decadeslong tradition of teaching Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown of Plains, Georgia.
A peanut farmer and US Navy lieutenant before going into politics, Carter, a Democrat, eventually served one term as governor of Georgia and president of the United States from 1977 to 1981.
The former president is widely revered for his championing of human rights. His brokering of the Camp David Accords in 1978 with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin remains central to his legacy.
He and his wife founded the Carter Center in 1982 and he helped to build homes for Habitat for humanity into his 90’s.
CNN reports that an official says that President Joe Biden was advised of the former president’s decision to seek hospice care. Biden is in contact with the Carter family and his circle of advisers.
While the White House referred to the call as a “very good telephone conversation” and said that Trump “has always liked President Carter,” the relationship deteriorated later that year when the Georgia Democrat called for a full investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and suggested it “would show that Trump didn’t actually win the election in 2016.” Carter warned about the decision to halt funding to the World Health Organization.
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Politicians, celebrities, organizations and more have heaped praises on the one-term Democrat who continued leading a life of public service after he left the White House.
“Jimmy Carter is one of the kindest most thoughtful people I’ve ever had the honor of meeting,” comedian and writer Jon Stewart said. “He’s the best of us.”
Over the weekend, presidential historian Michael Beschloss shared a series of photos of Carter on social media, including one during his presidency of Carter in the Oval Office with Joe Biden.
Harvard University history professor Annette Gordon-Reed, who wrote The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, said she was too young to vote for Carter but supported his campaign by helping to run the group Youth for Carter.
“I went door-to-door handing out pamphlets, made calls. They were thrilled when he won. He knew all of his cabinet and attended his press conferences. Gordon-Reed commented that he was Devastated when he lost.
Preparing for Jimmy Carter’s final day at Hospice: Prayer for the peace and comfort of his wife Rosalynn, the 39th president
We are lifting President and Mrs. Carter up in prayer when he goes to Hospice care. We pray for his comfort and for their peace,” the organization said.
Outside of work, Carter and his wife were also dedicated birders, a hobby the family hatched after a trip to Tanzania in 1988, he told the National Wildlife Federation.
The magazine BirdWatching said it was “wishing peace and love to President Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, who have been avid birdwatchers since the late 1980s.”
The church where Jimmy Carter taught Sunday school for decades marked his poignant absence this weekend as the former president receives end-of-life care.
The 39th president has kept a low public profile in the last few years, but has continued to speak out about the risks of democracy around the world.