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Former President Jimmy Carter asked President Biden to give a eulogy after his death, Biden said Monday.
Biden made the remark in front of several dozen people attending a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Rancho Santa Fe, California, as he discussed progress in cancer research.
“He asked me to give him a eulogy,” Biden said, before appearing calm and adding, “sorry, I shouldn’t have said that.”
“I spent some time with Jimmy Carter, and it finally caught up with him. But they found a way to keep him going longer than they anticipated, because they found a breakthrough,” the general said. system said.
Carter has had many health problems over the years, including cancer. In 2015, he stated that he has been diagnosed with cancer in his liver and brain and soon began to radiate. A year later, he claims he doesn’t have cancer. In 2019, he has undergone surgery after a series of bad falls that left him with health problems.
Last month, the Carter Center announced that The former president has decided to start hospice care at his home in Plains, Ga. “After a short series of hospitalizations, today, former President of the United States Jimmy Carter has decided to spend the rest of his time at home with his family and receive hospice care instead of complementary medical intervention. supplement,” the center said.
At 98 years old, Carter is the longest living US president. The White House says he and Biden have known each other since 1976. That year, Biden, then a senator, became the first elected official outside of Georgia to support Carter’s bid for president.
Carter won that election. He served as the 39th president during the tumultuous period of the late 1970s before losing to Ronald Reagan for re-election in 1980. In the decades that followed, Carter worked to advance civic initiatives. health and wellness around the world — work for which he was awarded the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize.