Prior to realizing that he “shouldn’t say that,” President Biden stated on Monday that former President Jimmy Carter had requested him to give his eulogy when he passes away.
Biden, 80, made the apparent error when discussing Carter’s health—who entered hospice care on February 19—at a Democratic Party event in Rancho Santa Fe, California.
Biden informed the gathering of about 40 people, “I spent time with Jimmy Carter and it’s finally caught up with him, but they found a way to keep him going for a lot longer than they anticipated because they found a breakthrough.”
“He asked me to do his eulogy,” Biden stated before realizing his error and continuing, “Excuse me, I shouldn’t say that.”
Near the end of his speech, as he promoted his cancer moonshot initiative and called for more funding for the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health, which supports the development of high-impact research that may not be commercially viable, Biden made remarks about the 98-year-old former president’s condition.
Carter, the 39th US president from 1977 to 1981, underwent surgery to remove a tumor from his liver in August 2015. During that month, he called a press conference to announce that melanoma, or “four very small spots,” had been discovered on his brain by medical professionals.
Doctors declared Carter to be cancer-free after several months of therapy.
The longest-living US president decided against “additional medical intervention” and is now receiving in-home hospice care in Plains, Georgia, according to a Carter Center announcement made last month.
Carter has “the full support of his family and his medical team,” according to the institute.
Biden and Carter have “known each other since 1976,” when Biden became the first elected official outside of the Peach State to support Carter for president, according to a statement made by White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre earlier this month.
Biden received support from the former president and first lady Rosalynn Carter in remarks that were filmed for the 2020 Democratic National Convention.