Georgia leaders send thoughts, prayers to Jimmy Carter as former president enters hospice care
People around Georgia and throughout the country are reacting to the news of former President Jimmy Carter entering hospice care.
The Carter Center announced on Saturday that the Georgia native has decided to spend his remaining time at home with family in Plains, Georgia and receive hospice care instead of additional medical intervention.
Carter was the 39th president of the United States, serving from 1977 to 1981.
Here are some of the reactions to the news, both locally and nationally:
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp asked for the entire state to join him in sending prayers
“Marty, the girls, and I are praying for former President Carter, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, and their family during this time. We ask all Georgians to join us in sending them our thoughts and prayers.”
Carter’s grandson Jason Carter said he visited his grandfather and grandmother on Friday, and they are “at peace.”
I saw both of my grandparents yesterday. They are at peace and—as always—their home is full of love. Thank you all for your kind words https://t.co/9rhG61sZEV
— Jason Carter (@SenatorCarter) February 18, 2023
Habitat for Humanity, where Carter and his wife volunteered, released a statement wishing Carter comfort at this time
“All of us at Habitat for Humanity are lifting up President and Mrs. Carter in prayer as he enters hospice care. We pray for his comfort and for their peace, and that the Carter family experiences the joy of their relationships with each other and with God in this time.”
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger joined in giving his thoughts to Carter
Our prayers are with the Carter family at this time. May they find peace in all that President Carter has contributed throughout his decades of service to Georgia, our nation, and our world. pic.twitter.com/hsmHVxKM4J
— GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (@GaSecofState) February 18, 2023
Georgia senator Raphael Warnock also gave his thoughts and prayers
Across life’s seasons, President Jimmy Carter, a man of great faith, has walked with God. In this tender time of transitioning, God is surely walking with him.
May he, Rosalynn & the entire Carter family be comforted with that peace and surrounded by our love & prayers. https://t.co/e2FOR4jBLW
— Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (@SenatorWarnock) February 18, 2023
President Biden offered kind words for the Carter family on Twitter Sunday afternoon
To our friends Jimmy and Rosalynn and to their family – Jill and I are with you in prayer and send you our love.
We admire you for the strength and humility you have shown in difficult times. May you continue your journey with grace and dignity, and God grant you peace.
— President Biden (@POTUS) February 19, 2023
Former President Jimmy Carter enters hospice care, officials say
This is a developing story. Channel 2 Action News will provide you with the latest information on Carter’s health online and on television on WSB Tonight at 11 p.m.
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