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White House preps lawn to commemorate Jimmy Carter’s 99th birthday

The White House is paying tribute to former President Jimmy Carter ahead of his 99th birthday on Sunday.

A special installation reading “Happy Birthday President Carter” was installed on the north lawn of the White House, according to photos. Posted on X. The red, white and blue tiered wooden cake display also featured 39 candles, paying homage to the 39th president, the White House press office said.

With the possibility of a government shutdown looming on Sunday, several birthday events scheduled for the former president were postponed to Saturday, including a party at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum.

His birthday is especially noteworthy because his grandson Jason Carter recently said he believes former president and first lady Rosalynn Carter, 96, is in the final stages of her life. Carter entered hospice care earlier this year, and Rosalynn has been diagnosed with dementia.

The Carters were spotted at a festival in Georgia over the weekend in what appeared to be a black SUV, a rare public appearance for the couple.

“It’s a great day for President and Mrs. Carter to enjoy the Plains Peanut Festival!” at the Carter Center post read. “And just one week before he turns 99, we’re pretty sure peanut butter ice cream will be on the lunch menu!”

The news also comes after President Biden announced earlier this year that he had asked Carter to deliver a eulogy.

“I spent time with Jimmy Carter and I finally caught up with him, and they found a way to keep him going a lot longer than I expected,” Biden said in March.

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