“They’re just meeting with family right now, but they’re doing it in the best possible way: the two of them together at home,” his grandson Jason Carter said. “They’ve been together 70-plus years. They also know that they’re not in charge. Their faith is really grounding at this moment. In that way, it’s as good as it can be.”
Carter, the longest-lived U.S. president, announced in February that he would be receiving end-of-life care at his house in Plains, Ga., where they lived when he was first elected to the state Senate in 1962. The announcement came because the former president was in and out of the hospital several times earlier this year. After the Carter family announced the former president would be forgoing further medical intervention, people began sending well-wishes and tributes, Jason Carter said.
“That’s been one of the blessings of the last couple of months,” he said. “He is certainly getting to see the outpouring, and it’s been gratifying to him for sure.”
It also prompted attention to the global humanitarian work the couple has done since co-founding The Carter Center in 1982. Despite the presidential couple’s fame, Jason Carter said they were “just like all of y’all’s grandparents.”
“I mean, to the extent y’all’s grandparents are rednecks from south Georgia,” he said. “If you go down there even today, next to their sink they have a little rack where they dry Ziploc bags.”
Andrew Young, who was appointed Carter’s U.N. Ambassador in 1977, recently visited the former president. Young, who also served as an aide to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement, praised Carter’s push for unity and said he believed “the world can come to Georgia and show everybody how to live together.”
Jimmy Carter will turn 99 this year. He was born on Oct. 1, 1924. It was recently announced that Rosalynn has dementia.
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice