ATLANTA — Former U.S. President and Georgia native Jimmy Carter is entering hospice care at his home in Plains, Ga., instead of receiving "additional" medical intervention, the Carter Center said in a statement on Saturday.
The former 39th president had been in and out of the hospital recently. In the statement, the Carter Center said that he opted to spend his "remaining time" at home. Carter, 98, served as commander in chief from 1977 to 1981.
Reactions have started to pour in from Carter's family members to city leaders across the country.
President Carter's grandson, Jason Carter, said he knows both of his grandparents are "at peace."
President Biden began his tweet by saying "To our friends" and said that "Jill and I are with you in prayer and send you are love."
Vice President Kamala Harris tweeted a statement saying "may your faith continue to guide and sustain you."
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp released the following statement on the news that Jimmy Carter entered home hospice care:
“Marty, the girls, and I are praying for former President Carter, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, and their family during this time. We ask all Georgians to join us in sending them our thoughts and prayers.”
Georgia Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock tweeted out his sentiments for Carter, calling him "a man of great faith" and saying that "God is surely walking with him."
Habitat for Humanity, an organization that Jimmy Carter has worked with countlessly throughout his service projects in the community, released a statement after the news:
“All of us at Habitat for Humanity are lifting up President and Mrs. Carter in prayer as he enters hospice care. We pray for his comfort and for their peace, and that the Carter family experiences the joy of their relationships with each other and with God in this time.”
"Former U.S. President and Mrs. Carter first volunteered with Habitat for Humanity near their home of Plains, Georgia, in March 1984. Later that same year, the Carters joined Habitat volunteers in New York City’s Lower East Side to renovate an abandoned building in partnership with families in need of affordable housing. That trip marked Habitat for Humanity’s first Jimmy Carter Work Project (later renamed the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project). Each year until 2020, the Carters volunteered with Habitat alongside more than 104,000 volunteers across the U.S. and in 14 countries to build, renovate and repair 4,390 Habitat homes."
NBC News presidential historian Michael Beschloss posted a black and white photo of then-president Jimmy Carter, who had signed a picture for current-president Joe Biden. The note reads: "Best wishes to my friend Joe Biden -- Jimmy Carter."
Georgia congresswoman Nikema Williams responded to Jason Carter's tweet, saying she is sending their family "so much love."
Chief Operating Officer of the Georgia Secretary of State and Sandy Springs councilman Gabriel Sterling said that Pres. Carter offers "examples of both good and kindness."
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said his prayers are with the Carter family during.
Former Georgia state representative Erick Allen also responded to Jason's tweet, offering prayers for the Carter family.
Georgia state representative Shea Roberts said she is wishing the former president peace.
Former Georgia state representative and Democratic nominee for Secretary of State Bee Nguyen offered her condolences to Jimmy Carter and his family.
Former chief strategist and adviser to former President Barack Obama said he is thinking of Jimmy Carter and his family.
Member of the Kennedy family and former first lady of California Maria Shriver said Carter is an "inspiration" and she sends her love to his family.
President and CEO of civil rights organization The Leadership Conference, Maya Wiley, said that "peace is my prayer" for Jimmy Carter.
In a statement to 11Alive, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) said this:
"Jimmy Carter is a great man who has led an extraordinary life, and I thank him for his service and singularly exceptional contributions to the betterment of mankind. My wife Mereda, my mother Christine Callier and I have President Jimmy, First Lady Rosalynn and the entire Carter family in our prayers."
Former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms: