PLAINS, Ga. >> Ex-President Jimmy Carter, the oldest former U.S. chief executive ever, will quietly mark his 97th birthday at home in southwest Georgia on Friday, an aide said.
Slowed by age in recent years and keeping a low profile during the coronavirus pandemic, Carter doesnt plan on any public appearances, said press secretary Deanna Congelio at the Carter Center in Atlanta.
Workers at the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in tiny Plains recorded greetings for the former president, and members of the public can sign an online birthday card at www.cartercenter.org.
Dozens sent early birthday greetings, and many didnt even mention Carters Democratic presidency from 1977-81. Instead, they said they were inspired by Carters post-presidential life that has included volunteer work, authorship of multiple books, advocacy for justice and years of teaching Sunday school.
We love you for your honesty, consistency and for being so articulate, said one message. Many shared photos of themselves with Carter and his wife Rosalynn, who celebrated 75 years of marriage in July.
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Former President Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga., in 2019. ASSOCIATED PRESS
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