Former US President Jimmy Carter, along with his wife Rosalynn, visited Georgia and took a ride through the Plains Peanut Festival in the city of Plains.
“Beautiful day for President & Mrs. Carter to enjoy a ride through the Plains Peanut Festival! And just a week before he turns 99. We’re betting peanut butter ice cream is on the menu for lunch! #JimmyCarter99,” the Carter Center said in a tweet that had an accompanying video. The visit was a surprise to attendees, who began singing “Happy Birthday” to the former President.
Jimmy Carter, who turns 99 on October 1st, entered hospice care in February. He beat brain cancer in 2015 but dealt with several health scares four years later, and underwent surgery to remove pressure on his brain.
The Carters’ grandson said in a recent interview, “It’s clear we’re in the final chapter.”
Jimmy Carter was born in Plains and grew up in the nearby community of Archery. Having been a peanut farmer and Navy lieutenant, he entered politics as a Democrat, serving one term as governor of Georgia and one term as president from 1977 to 1981.