Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, are sitting out this Inauguration Day for the first time in 44 years. However, the Carters send their well-wishes to President-elect Joe Biden as he’s sworn in as the 46th president of the United States.
A spokesperson for the Carter Center says that the former president and his wife “will not travel to Washington for the Inauguration but have sent their best wishes to President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect [Kamala] Harris and look forward to a successful administration.” The statement comes via PEOPLE.
Jimmy Carter is 96-years-old and his wife is 93. The couple is joining others in their concern for attending the event because of the current pandemic.
Moreover, Carter is in the high-risk category for contracting the coronavirus. His age plays a factor in putting Carter in the category. Carter also has health issues, including several falls and surgery for bleeding on his brain.
Jimmy Carter Is Ready to Receive Coronavirus Vaccine
Even though Jimmy Carter is sitting out this inauguration day, he is eager to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
“After consulting with his doctors, President Carter is looking forward to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to him,” a spokesperson said in a statement via the Carter Center.
Additionally, the Carter Center said that the former, and oldest living president, and Mrs. Carter are “in full support of COVID-19 vaccine efforts and encourage everyone who is eligible to get immunized as soon as it becomes available in their communities.”
Former Presidents are Attending Inauguration
Former Presidents Clinton, Obama, and Bush are attending the event. They’re going to be there despite the coronavirus concern and riots that took previously took place.
A spokesperson for George W. Bush said he and his wife, former First Lady Laura Bush, are looking forward to the inauguration.
“President and Mrs. Bush look forward to returning to the Capitol for the swearing in of President Biden and Vice President Harris. I believe this will be the eighth Inauguration they’ve had the privilege of attending, and witnessing the peaceful transfer of power is a hallmark of our democracy that never gets old,” his chief of staff, Freddy Ford, wrote on Twitter.