Washington, USA (CNN) — US President Joe Biden said, Monday, that former President Jimmy Carter, 98, asked him to deliver his eulogy after his death.
“He asked me to do his eulogy,” Biden told his supporters in remarks during a fundraiser in Rancho Santa, California. “Sorry, I shouldn’t have to say that.”
And Biden added, “I spent time with Jimmy Carter, and they found a way to keep him alive for much longer than they expected, because they found a breakthrough.”
Biden was likely referring to Carter’s long battle with cancer. In 2015, the former president announced that four spots of cancer had spread to his brain, but after treatment, he was declared cancer-free in December of that year.
Carter faced a series of health concerns in 2019, then underwent surgery to remove pressure on his brain, and his health problems forced him to abandon his decades-old tradition of teaching at the Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown of Plains, Georgia.
The Carter Center announced last month that the former president had decided to begin hospice care at his home in Georgia.
Sources told CNN last month that Biden had been informed of the former president’s deteriorating health and his decision to seek hospice care. Biden, a longtime Carter fan, has been in close contact with Carter’s family and inner circle of advisors.
The last time Biden saw Carter was during a visit to Plains in 2021.
Last year, Carter became the oldest living president of the United States in history, after the death of George H. Bush, who died in late 2018 at the age of 94.
The country’s 39th president has kept a low profile in recent years due to the coronavirus pandemic, but he has continued to speak out about the risks to democracy around the world.
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