Former President Jimmy Carter was seen enjoying his hometown’s Peanuts Festival on Saturday ahead of his 99th birthday, making rare public appearances since entering hospice care earlier this year. .
The 39th president and his wife, former first lady Rosalynn Carter, took part in a parade through a festival in Plains, Georgia, in the back seat of a black SUV on Saturday. The video, posted on X, formerly known as Twitter,.
The Carter Center reshared the snippet on social platforms, writing: “It’s a great day for President and Mrs. Carter to enjoy the Plains Peanut Festival drive! And I’m sure peanut butter ice cream will be on the lunch menu just one week before he turns 99. I am.”
The appearance of the longest-living president was met with a warm welcome, with many commenting to “congratulate” the couple and say how “amazing” it was to meet him.
Carter, who will turn 99 on Oct. 1, entered hospice care in February.
He announced that he would remain in hospice care and “spend the rest of his time at home with his family.”
He decided to forego further treatment and spend the rest of his life in the home he owned when he was first elected to the state senate in 1962.
Not long after his health scare, and as the country was poised to lose another president, his wife, 96, was diagnosed with dementia.
Carter’s grandson Josh said: people Last month, his grandparents started having someone at home “always” to keep them company.
Their other grandson, Jason, Said Carter’s family feared they would lose him soon after he entered hospice care, but now they believe his grandfather will make it to his 99th birthday.
In the interview, Carter also said that he likes peanut butter ice cream.
Carter was a big supporter of the peanut industry throughout his life, and would plant peanuts in the White House Rose Garden in the evenings while he was in office, according to the magazine. peanut research institute.