Former president Jimmy Carter makes rare public appearance at 99 at wife Rosalynn Carter last rites

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Former president Jimmy Carter emerged from hospice care to join some of his successors and every living presidential spouse on Tuesday to honor his wife, Rosalynn Carter. She had been his partner for more than three quarters of a century and also served as a First Lady from 1977 to 1981.

The former president made his rare public appearance as he rarely leaves hospice care. The 99-year-old traveled 140 miles from couple’s home in Plains, Ga., to Atlanta for a tribute at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church at Emory University. President Joe Biden and former president Bill Clinton attended along with all five living first ladies.

Mr. Carter was brought into the church in a wheelchair as the crowd mourns as looked with anticipation to catch a glimpse of him in many months. He was dressed in a dark suit and tie with a blanket wrapped over his legs. His face was pale and he did not make eye contact with many relatives seated around him. His daughter, Amy Carter, sat next to him, holding his hand.

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