According to a recent press release from The Carter Center, former US President Jimmy Carter has entered hospice care.
For those who don’t know, Swan City once received a presidential visit from President Carter. According to The Daily Diary of President Jimmy Carter, here’s how the president’s day went on October 31, 1980.
10:07 a.m. — The president boarded Air Force One and flew from Columbia International Airport to Lakeland Municipal Airport (now Lakeland Linder International Airport).
11:03 a.m. — Mayor Carrie Oldham, Polk County’s first Black female mayor, greeted President Carter on LAL’s tarmac.
11:48 a.m. — President Carter arrived at the Lakeland Civic Center (now the RP Funding Center) for a campaign rally. Following a brief introduction from Florida Senator Lawton Chiles, President Carter addressed the crowd and advocated for his re-election for roughly 20 minutes.
12:29 — The president returned to LAL via motorcade. For a short time, he spoke to First Lady Eleanor Rosalynn Carter on the phone before re-boarding Air Force One.
1:38 p.m. — Just shy of three hours after his arrival in Lakeland, President Carter departed from Swan City and headed to Memphis International Airport.
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