‘Forever by your side’ | Secret Service’s heart-wrenching message to Jimmy Carter
President Joe Biden, politicians, celebrities send poignant messages to nation’s 39th president
ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - With Saturday’s news that former president Jimmy Carter has entered hospice care, social media has filled up with messages of support and love for the nation’s 39th president.
One of the most poignant messages came from the U.S. Secret Service, the agency that provides protection details to the nation’s top political and elected officials.
“After a series of short hospital stays, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter today decided to spend his remaining time at home with his family and receive hospice care instead of additional medical intervention,” according to the Feb. 18, 2023, statement from The Carter Center. “He has the full support of his family and his medical team. The Carter family asks for privacy during this time and is grateful for the concern shown by his many admirers.”
Atlanta Habitat for Humanity President and CEO Alan Ferguson Sr. said “we are praying for President and Mrs. Carter as he receives hospice care at home. As we reflect on President Carter’s legacy, we’re reminded of the impact he made on our organization’s efforts to ensure that families everywhere live in quality, affordable homes. He is a true servant leader whose tireless contributions to better the lives of people in our country and around the world will always be remembered with gratitude.”
On Sunday, President Joe Biden sent his best wishes to one of his White House predecessors:
To our friends Jimmy and Rosalynn and to their family – Jill and I are with you in prayer and send you our love.— President Biden (@POTUS) February 19, 2023
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.
Gov. Brian Kemp’s office responded to the news with this statement:
The Office of Gov. Brian Kemp released the following statement:
Growing up watching GA’s own Pres Carter helped kids like me believe in possibilities. He’s shown what a servant’s heart is made of. “Well done, good & faithful servant. You’ve been faithful over a little; I’ll set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ Matthew 25:23— Keisha Lance Bottoms (@KeishaBottoms) February 19, 2023
Jimmy Carter in 1976--his words are perfect for 2023:— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) February 18, 2023
"I want to see us once again have a nation that's as good and honest and decent and truthful and competent and compassionate and filled with love as are the American people."
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.— Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (@SenatorWarnock) February 18, 2023
May he, Rosalynn & the entire Carter family be comforted with that peace and surrounded by our love & prayers. https://t.co/e2FOR4jBLW
Jimmy Carter is one of the kindest most thoughtful people I’ve ever had the honor of meeting. He’s the best of us.— Jon Stewart (@jonstewart) February 18, 2023
I've had the good fortune to meet many presidents, kings, Nobel Peace Prize winners and truly impressive people. Few are as truly good as Jimmy Carter, who at age 98 is now entering hospice. He leaves this planet so much better than he found it. A great, great, great man. https://t.co/x2SLzicmFj— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) February 18, 2023
🧵(1/3) The King Center staff and I join the nation in prayer for our former governor, state senator, and our nation's 39th President, Jimmy Carter. I consider him a friend as did my mother, Mrs. Coretta Scott King and my grandfather Dr. Martin Luther King Sr. pic.twitter.com/75amN6Kgtr— Be A King (@BerniceKing) February 19, 2023
Former President Carter's love and compassion for all people set him apart as a leader, servant, and simply a great man striving to achieve a Beloved Community. (2/3)— Be A King (@BerniceKing) February 19, 2023
We are praying that you feel God's grace, mercy, and love as well as the love of your family, The King Center, and the world that you have so graciously served. (3/3)— Be A King (@BerniceKing) February 19, 2023
The Carter Center created a message board for the public to leave notes and well wishes to Carter. For more information, click here.
Prayers to the Carter family. Pres Carter is a good man…in a time when we need examples of both goodness & kindness. He has done with his life all he can to make our earthly home more like the kingdom we hope to receive. I don’t always agree with his policies…and that’s OK. pic.twitter.com/aXE6zUsFTX— Gabriel Sterling (@GabrielSterling) February 19, 2023
As governor of GA, Jimmy Carter was the official starter for the 1971 Peachtree Road Race. As the only man from GA to ever be elected President, his impact on the country and world cannot be measured. Our thoughts are with President Carter and his family during this time. https://t.co/It8ZffJ0hU— Atlanta Track Club (@ATLtrackclub) February 19, 2023
After Randy & I had to withdraw from the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid we received a phone call late that night from President Carter to let us know that everything was going to be okay & that he was so proud of us. Sending u love & strength President Carter @CarterCenter 🇺🇸🙏🏽❤️ https://t.co/NTFLuQRnU4— Tai Babilonia (@taiskates) February 19, 2023
When I was nineteen, prior to my show at the Capitol Center, I had the honor of spending the day with President Carter at the White House. He was as kind and honorable a man as I have known and he and his family are in my heart tonight. #JimmyCarter— Shaun Cassidy (@shaunpcassidy) February 19, 2023
Photos: National Archives pic.twitter.com/aHvv1C9gEE
President Carter is one of our most caring presidents however even more than that, President Jimmy Carter is an American treasure and icon. From the time he began his service in the United States military and through his presidency, he showed a consciousness of caring. pic.twitter.com/QvzW8hl0k0— Sheila Jackson Lee (@JacksonLeeTX18) February 19, 2023
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