It was just two weeks ago that Jimmy Carter announced that he was ceasing all medical care and phasing into hospice care, lots of pain medicine, lots of water, and whatever he can eat, maybe some help with sleep. Surrounded by family and with the right hospice staff, it is a beautiful way to die. (But please stay as long as you’d like President Carter!)
Some people go very quickly after pulling all the meds that had kept them alive. Others? Well, they’re tougher, for all we know, Carter could live another six months. But he is preparing now and he asked President Biden, two of the finest men to ever live, to give his eulogy. To be a little selfish, I had hoped that he would ask Fmr. President Obama. As the current president, Biden would speak anyway, but Obama’s speeches are simply stunning and… it doesn’t matter. Biden’s will be stunning, too. These two go back a long time:
When Jimmy Carter ran for president the first US Senator to endorse him was Joe Biden.
Today, President Biden revealed President Carter asked him to deliver his eulogy.
How lucky are we Americans to have had both of these amazing people serve as POTUS?!?
— Grant Stern (@grantstern) March 15, 2023
I cannot verify if Biden was the first Senator to endorse Carter. I do know that David Rockefeller literally inserted Carter in the White House. An interesting anecdote: Rockefeller put a young southern governor on the Trilateral Commission in 1973, and when Carter was polling at about 3% in Iowa, Rockefeller arranged for a long, glowing title story on Carter to run in Time magazine (Those were the days, huh?), it lifted Carter to the top, and with the country wanting a good man who could be trusted, Carter beat Gerald Ford.
But a young Joe Biden was certainly around:
NEWS: President Carter has requested that President Biden deliver his eulogy.
What an incredible honor! pic.twitter.com/07nVh0KSTE
— BrooklynDad_Defiant!☮️ (@mmpadellan) March 14, 2023
Today President Carter asked President Biden to deliver his eulogy.
Sending light and love to President Carter in his final days. pic.twitter.com/Ob4N5nB1LA
— The Daily Beans Podcast (@dailybeanspod) March 14, 2023
Here is an interesting connection. Two of the four American presidents to win the Nobel Peace prize, the other being Democrat Woodrow Wilson and Republican conservationist and union man, trust-busting Teddy Roosevelt.
President Obama and President Carter, both earned a Nobel Peace Prize for advancing Democracy. Thank you Both! ♥️ pic.twitter.com/VSLSVAuaa1
— Rich from CA (@TheRichFromCali) March 15, 2023
Biden and Carter remain friends to this day:
President Biden says Former President Carter asked him to give his eulogy after his death. Drop a 💙 for these two great men. pic.twitter.com/vAc6xLLqeX
— 💙Brittney💙 (@AZ_Brittney) March 14, 2023
Now the question that all of us want to know. Will Trump show up? When a president dies, it is inexcusable for another president not to attend the funeral. Of course, the same can be said of the inauguration. Trump – as president, was actively pushed out of John McCain’s funeral, one that had the feel of a presidential funeral, and he was not invited to Barbara Bush’s funeral. As sitting president, he did have to attend George H.W. Bush’s funeral, which surely made Trump uncomfortable because the old gentleman, H.W. Bush, the war hero, made no secret of the fact that he voted for Hillary Clinton. The first time he’d ever voted for a Democrat for president.
I hope not. Trump always tries to do something to bring attention to himself, and it would be humiliating. It will, however, give Joe Biden a chance to teach a civics lesson about public service, integrity, and the importance of being earnest and honest, implicitly shaming Trump. It will be interesting to see who Trump picks (if he has a chance to pick) to eulogize him. Trump seems like he’ll be the type that neither God nor Satan wants and will live long enough that President Malia Obama will be forced to… pick someone to eulogize Trump. Maybe Ted Cruz deserves the punishment.
Regardless, I hope we’re months away from having to worry about it. Maybe Trump will have a court date.
Thinking of President Carter and his family. This is a lovely tribute to one of his biggest accomplishments. https://t.co/g53c4ty0qI
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) March 11, 2023