US President Joe Biden confirmed Sunday that he is praying for his predecessor, Jimmy Carter, who decided to stop any additional medical treatment in hospitals and move to his home to receive private health care there.
The Carter Foundation announced in a statement on Saturday that the former president, who led the United States from 1977 to 1981, had decided to “spend the rest of his life at home with his family.”
Carter, the eldest among former US presidents and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, resides in Plains, Georgia, with his wife, Rosalynn.
Biden said on Twitter that he and his wife, Jill, are “praying” for Carter and “sending him love,” expressing his admiration for his “strength and humility in difficult times.”
Thank you President Biden and @FLOTUS Jill Biden for your kind and thoughtful words. Your support means so much to us. https://t.co/Wqgi5go8nO— The Carter Center (@CarterCenter) February 19, 2023
And he continued, addressing the 98-year-old former president: “May you complete your journey with mercy and dignity, and may God grant you peace.”
The Carter Foundation tweeted a message of thanks to Biden.
And the last meeting of Biden and his wife with Carter was in April 2021 at the latter’s home in Plains.
Biden’s tweet follows an outpouring of praise for Carter, as his foundation, which was founded in 1982 to pursue his vision of world politics, responded, saying in a statement on Twitter: “We really appreciate all the kind words we have received from President Carter’s admirers.”
Carter affirmed his commitment to human rights and social justice during the first two years of his term, which witnessed his mediation that led to the signing of the Camp David Accords between Egypt and Israel.
Despite his primary responsibility, he was confronted with numerous barriers to success, the most difficult of which being the capture of fifty-two U.S. hostages in Iran and a botched rescue operation in 1980.