President Joe Biden revealed Monday night that he was personally chosen by former President Jimmy Carter to deliver his eulogy upon his death.
“I spent time with Jimmy Carter, and I finally got it, but they found a way to keep him going for a lot longer than they expected because they came up with a breakthrough,” Biden told guests at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser, according to UPI. a report.
He added, “He asked me to eulogize him.”
The president then reportedly appeared to catch himself for sharing the information, saying, “Sorry, I shouldn’t have said that.”
Carter was President of the United States from 1977 to 1981 and is currently in hospice care.
The 98-year-old oldest living president in history decided on Feb. 18 to spend his remaining days in care at his home in Plains, Ga., and his charity, the Carter Foundation, as Breitbart News reports.
The Carter Foundation said the decision came after “a series of short hospital stays”.
The White House press secretary, Karen Jean-Pierre, told reporters on February 23, following the announcement that Carter had entered hospice care, that the two presidents have had a decades-old relationship.
“It goes back to 1976 when he was at the time for the government. Carter was running for president and then for the Senate. Biden was the first senator to endorse Jimmy at the time,” she said.
Carter served one term and was defeated by Republican Ronald Reagan in 1980, a crushing loss that sent him on a path to decades of global advocacy for democracy, public health and human rights via the Carter Center.
The former president and his wife, Rosalynn, 95, opened the center in 1982. His work there earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.
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