Jimmy Carter, Oldest Living President, Celebrates 96th Birthday Amid The Pandemic

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As the coronavirus works its way through the country, some milestones still shine above. In the middle of a deadly pandemic, former president Jimmy Carter continues his streak as oldest living president and celebrates his 96h birthday.

Needless to say, this birthday proved unlike any other on Thursday. The former president and his wife Rosalynn enjoyed a socially distanced party where attendants wore masks and drove vehicles bedecked in American flags. To reach and maintain such a record in these circumstances astounds all.

Jimmy Carter celebrates his 96th birthday

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Cheers to 96 years, President Carter! 🎉 Yesterday, our park staff along with the city of Plains and other residents of Sumter County wished President Carter a happy 96th birthday with a very special (and socially distanced) drive-by birthday parade nearly 200 cars long! President and Mrs. Carter were all smiles for the celebration, and what a special day it was indeed! Photo 1: Park staff are celebration ready for the birthday parade! Photo 2: Gardener Sarah surprises President and Mrs. Carter early Thursday morning decked out in celebratory leafblowing gear. Photo 3: President and Rosalynn Carter and other staff enjoy the drive-by birthday celebration in front of their home Thursday afternoon. Photo 4: Gardener Sarah is all smiles in her birthday gear. #FindYourPark #NPS #HappyBirthdayJimmyCarter

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Together at their home in Plains, Georgia, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter celebrated the former president’s 96th birthday. On Thursday, October 1, the two sat in lawn chairs wearing masks while inside their gated community. For the most part, the two stayed out of the spotlight since the pandemic hit off. But before, they made headlines for their hard work and health updates unrelated to COVID-19. Festivities by their neighbors and even staff changed that and brought some positive news for a change.

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The two waved as residents passed by forming a unique parade. People wore masks and stayed socially distant in golf carts and improvised rides. Around those rides hung American flags and other decorations to celebrate this momentous birthday. Carter’s mask featured the Atlanta Braves’ logo. The team stands as Carter’s favorite in Major League Baseball. Their gardener, Sarah, even threw herself fully into honoring the former president. She wished him a happy birthday early on Thursday with a themed gardening outfit.

Further cementing a milestone

Husband and wife also represent the longest-married presidential couple
Husband and wife also represent the longest-married presidential couple / Wikimedia Commons

Jimmy Carter was born on October 1, 1924; his 96th birthday further solidifies a milestone he already set. Out of the record he already set, AP News notes, he’s lived the longest out of the 44 other presidents America had. Together with his wife Rosalynn, they’re also the longest-married presidential couple. They maintained this status through humor and communication.

Carter’s time in office lasted from 1977 to 1981. Many of today’s most common names in the political world had been young and gaining momentum when he was in office. Before becoming president, he acted as governor and Senator of Georgia. In light of the pandemic, he and Rosalynn kept themselves distant to ensure their safety. Months ago, Carter had several health scares, though he continued to do charitable work whenever possible. Happy 96th birthday!

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