Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter won’t attend Joe Biden’s inauguration

The inauguration ceremony is being significantly scaled back due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter will not attend President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. It marks the first time the couple, 96 and 93, will have missed the ceremonies since Carter was sworn in as the 39th president in 1977.

A spokeswoman at The Carter Center in Atlanta said the Carters have sent Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris their “best wishes” and “look forward to a successful administration.”

Biden was a young Delaware Senator and Carter ally during the Georgian’s term in the White House.

The Carters have spent the coronavirus pandemic mostly at their home in Plains, Georgia, where both were raised and where they returned after leaving the White House in 1981.

Carter, a Democrat, became the longest-lived American President in March 2019, surpassing former President George H.W. Bush, who died the previous November. Carter survived a melanoma diagnosis that spread to his brain in 2015. He has since had several falls and hip replacement surgery. He no longer teaches Sunday School at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, as he had for decades, but still participates in church activities via video amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Carter was the first former President to confirm his plans to attend President Donald Trump’s inauguration in 2017. The Carters were seated on the aisle, next to former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, and former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush. The elder Bush was the lone former President at the time who did not attend Trump’s inauguration. The Carters did travel to Washington for the elder Bush’s funeral.


Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

Associated Press


  • Al Franken

    January 5, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    The peanut farmer will not be attending. Odd? Glad COVID-19 was a handy excuse. The peanut farmer has seen enough fraudulent votes enough times as as observer to know a rigged election when he sees one. Apparently the peanut farmer does not want to be anywhere close to Beijing Joe to have any of the taint of knowing anything that went on to rub off on him. Smooth move peanut farmer!

  • Sonja Fitch

    January 6, 2021 at 5:34 am

    In my career worked with and knew many Presidents, Jimmy Carter is the finest human I have had the privilege to know! Carter is brilliant and completely believes in our democracy! Carter always acted in good faith for America! Thank you Jimmy!

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