Sep 24, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Former President Jimmy Carter makes rare public appearance ahead of birthday

Former President Jimmy Carter in Plains, Georgia, in 2019. Photo: Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Former President Jimmy Carter and ex-first lady Rosalynn Carter made a rare public appearance over the weekend in their Georgia hometown for the Plains Peanut Festival.

Driving the news: "Beautiful day for President & Mrs. Carter to enjoy a ride through the Plains Peanut Festival! And just a week before he turns 99," the Carter Center wrote in a Sunday repost of a spectator's video of the longest-married first couple traveling by SUV at the event a day earlier.

  • "We're betting peanut butter ice cream is on the menu for lunch!" added the post about the longest-living president in U.S. history, who was born on Oct. 1, 1924 and grew up on a peanut farm.

The big picture: Jimmy Carter had not been seen in public for months and has been receiving hospice care since February.

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