Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States, celebrated his 99th birthday in a lively event held at the presidential library and museum named after him in Atlanta. The festivities, which were originally scheduled for his actual birthday, were moved up a day earlier due to the looming threat of a government shutdown.
Presidential libraries, including Carter’s, receive federal funding from the National Archives and Records Administration. Consequently, if a government shutdown were to occur, portions of these libraries operated by the agency would have to close. Four presidential libraries, including Carter’s, confirmed that they would halt operations if lawmakers failed to reach a deal to avert the shutdown.
Despite the concerns, one important event proceeded as scheduled. A naturalization ceremony for 99 new American citizens, held at the Carter Center, took place on Sunday. The ceremony symbolized the enduring values of inclusivity and diversity that Jimmy Carter has long championed.
The rescheduled birthday celebration was a vibrant affair, featuring activities such as trivia and doll-making. However, the highlight of the event was undoubtedly the chocolate marble cake, which quickly disappeared as guests indulged in the delicious treat. Among the attendees were hundreds of admirers of Jimmy Carter, who gathered to honor his remarkable milestone birthday.
Outside the library, a Jumbotron display played heartfelt birthday messages from prominent figures, including President Biden, Senator Jon Ossoff, and the dedicated staff at the Carter Center. The display also showcased photos and videos submitted by the public, allowing individuals from all walks of life to express their gratitude and appreciation for the former President.
As Jimmy Carter celebrated his 99th birthday, the threat of a government shutdown loomed over the festivities. Nonetheless, the occasion remained a joyful event, highlighting the enduring admiration and respect that the American people hold for this extraordinary statesman.
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