Just one day after a fall that left him with stitches and a black eye, former President Jimmy Carter was back helping to build homes through Habitat for Humanity. Carter, who turned 95 last Tuesday, is now the longest-lived former U.S. president, surpassing former President George H.W. Bush, who lived to be 94. Carter made it clear that the Sunday project, building homes in Nashville, Tennessee, was a priority over his fall, which happened Saturday in his Georgia home, with Carter saying to those at the home building event, according to The Hill, that although he’d had to make a visit to the hospital for his injuries, he “had a No. 1 priority and that was to come to Nashville and build houses.” According to The Hill:
A day after suffering a fall in his Georgia home that led to stitches, 95-year-old former President Carter volunteered to help build homes for Habitat for Humanity in Tennessee. In footage released Monday by NBC News that went viral online, Carter could be seen getting to work on some blocks of wood with a power drill in hand at a building site in Nashville. Carter, who had fallen in Plains, Ga., the day before, wore a white bandage on his head and had a bruise over his left eye. Carter, the longest living U.S. president, required stitches above his brow after the fall.
NBC News tweeted a video excerpt of Carter at work yesterday, writing, “WATCH: Former President Carter, the oldest living former president in US history, helps lead a build of Habitat for Humanity homes in Nashville one day after falling at his home and receiving stitches above his eye.”
Both Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter have since 1984 been involved with Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization that builds and supports affordable housing. A spokesperson for Habitat for Humanity, Rowena Sara, said that the Carters have helped to build or to repair 4,331 homes in 14 countries. Earlier in the year Sara had said of the Carters’ involvement, according to The Hill, “Since 1984, President and Mrs. Carter have been champions and strong voices for affordable housing for all, donating their time and leadership to build and improve homes through the Carter Work Project.”
Comments on the widely viewed video from NBC News highlighted the common sentiment that Carter has done a tremendous amount to help others in his post-presidential life and that he is a kind and honorable man. As this person wrote, “Every time I think we should give up on humanity I think of Jimmy Carter, smile and give it another try. What a blessing this man is.”
It is hard not to play compare/contrast here between Carter, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, and our current president, who believes he deserves a Nobel Peace Prize, but is largely alone in that sentiment. It is also hard to imagine Donald Trump doing manual labor to help others, putting a charity as a higher priority than himself, or, as some commented in response to NBC’s video, even doing manual labor at all. This person wrote, “Jimmy Carter just did more work in this video than Trump has done in his entire life.”