President Joe Biden expressed to a room filled to the brim with wealthy Democrat-leaning donors that the ailing former President Jimmy Carter requested for him to deliver the eulogy at his funeral.
Biden, who was first elected to the Senate to start his career back in 1972, just four years prior to Carter being elected to the Oval Office, started bragging at a fundraiser hosted in Rancho Santa Fe, California. Carter, who at the age of 98 sits 18 years older than Biden, recently was sent into hospice care last month.
“He asked me to do his eulogy,” stated Biden, before going on, “Excuse me, I shouldn’t say that,” as expressed in a pool report.
“I spent time with Jimmy Carter, and it’s finally caught up with him,” Biden went on. “But they found a way to keep him going for a lot longer than they anticipated, because they found a breakthrough.”
Carter announced back in August of 2015 that he was suffering from brain cancer. Ironically, despite the highly-documented animus from Carter toward the state of Israel that ended up leading him to write speeches for Yasser Arafat, it ended up being an Israeli-tested drug named Keytruda that assisted Carter in the life-threatening fight against the tumors. by December 2015, Carter had made public that doctors found no evidence of the four lesions found on his brain.
In September 2019, having lived longer than any other president, Carter, just prior to his 95th birthday, issued comments on the two most prospective Democratic candidates for the Oval Office, stating about 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.”
Carter was issued answers to questions throughout his annual report given at the Carter Center located in Atlanta, according to the Associated Press, which noted at that time that Biden and his main opponents, Bernie Sanders, would finally be turning 80 during their terms if they want the role.
Carter’s comment was issued after someone questioned him about if he had given thought to a run in 2020. He went on to add that the presidency fully requires a president “to be very flexible with your mind,” adding, “You have to be able to go from one subject to another and concentrate on each one adequately and then put them together in a comprehensive way.”
Although he is still lauded by most Democrats, Carter’s presidency is most normally viewed as one of the harshest failures in the history of the American presidency. He oversaw a failed attempt to rescue 52 hostages that had been imprisoned for more than a year in Iran; signed the Panama Canal Treat which gave up control by the year 2000; missiles out of South Korea without consulting the Pentagon; implemented price controls, and presided over an economy that by 1980 featured interest rates at a staggering 21%, inflation at 13.5%, and unemployment at 7%.