President Joe Biden told a room full of rich Democrat donors that ailing former President Jimmy Carter had asked him to deliver his eulogy.
Biden, who was first elected to the Senate career in 1972, four years before Carter was elected to the presidency, made the boast at a fundraiser in Rancho Santa Fe, California. Carter, who at 98 is 18 years older than Biden, entered hospice care last month.
“He asked me to do his eulogy,” Biden said, before adding, “Excuse me, I shouldn’t say that,” according to a pool report.
“I spent time with Jimmy Carter, and it’s finally caught up with him,” Biden continued. “But they found a way to keep him going for a lot longer than they anticipated, because they found a breakthrough.”
Carter announced in August 2015 that he had brain cancer. Ironically, despite Carter’s well-documented animus toward the state of Israel that led him to write speeches for Yasser Arafat, it was an Israeli-tested drug called Keytruda that helped Carter battle life-threatening tumors. By December 2015, Carter revealed doctors found no evidence of the four lesions discovered on his brain.
In September 2019, having lived longer than any other president, Carter, just before his 95th birthday, commented on the two leading prospective Democratic candidates for president, saying of the presidency, “I hope there’s an age limit. If I were just 80 years old, if I was 15 years younger, I don’t believe I could undertake the duties I experienced when I was president.”… (Read more)