Former President Jimmy Carter was seen on an airplane on his way to the inauguration ceremonies for President-elect Donald Trump.
Carter was photographed on a flight that was boarding in Atlanta. According to a tweet from Atlanta Journal Constitution reporter Greg Bluestein, a tipster took the photo and said Carter shook hands with everyone on the plane.
The Hill reported that Carter was the first former president to announce that he would be attending Trump's inauguration. Of all the living ex-presidents, only George H. W. Bush will not attend the ceremonies. The former president, 92, wrote a letter to the Trumps that cited health problems for his inability to go.
“Barbara and I are so sorry we can’t be there for your Inauguration on January 20th,” Bush wrote in a Jan. 10 letter, according to Politico. “My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it will likely put me six feet under. Same for Barbara. So I guess we’re stuck in Texas.”
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Bush has been hospitalized and put into intensive care “to address an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia.”
“President Bush is stable and resting comfortably in the UCU, where he will remain for observation,” read a statement from Houston Methodist Hospital. “Additionally, Mrs. Bush was admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital this morning as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing.”
Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to attend Trump's inauguration, as well as his wife, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who unexpectedly lost the 2016 presidential election to Trump.