“I spent time with Jimmy Carter, and it’s finally caught up with him, but they found a way to keep him going for a lot longer than they anticipated because they found a breakthrough,” Biden told guests at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser. “He asked me to do his eulogy,” he added.
The president then appeared to catch himself for sharing the information, saying, “Excuse me, I shouldn’t say that.”
Carter was president of the United States from 1977 to 1981 and is currently in home hospice care. The oldest living president in history at 98 years of age decided Feb. 18 to spend his remaining days in care at his Plains, Ga., home.
White House press secretary Karin Jean-Pierre told reporters Feb. 23 following the announcement Carter had entered hospice care that the two presidents have had a relationship for decades. “It goes back to 1976 when then-Gov. Carter was running for president and then-Sen. Biden was the first senator to have endorsed Jimmy at that time,” she said.
Carter served a single term and was defeated by Republican Ronald Reagan in 1980 in a landslide loss, which speaks volumes about the debacle of Carter’s presidency.