Age is not just a number when you’re the leader of the free world, according to former President Jimmy Carter.
Carter, who turns 95 on Oct. 1, said Tuesday that managing the job of U.S. president even at age 80 would have been too demanding for him. (See the clip below.)
“If I were just 80 years old, if I was 15 years younger, I don’t believe I could undertake the duties I experienced when I was president,” Carter, the longest-lived U.S. leader, said during his annual report at the Carter Center in Atlanta. “You had to be very flexible with your mind. You have to be able to go from one subject to another and concentrate on each one adequately and then put them together in a comprehensive way.”
Carter’s remarks began on a light note when he was asked if he’d consider running for a second term. “I hope there’s an age limit,” he replied, laughing.
Carter, who served one term from 1977 to 1981, spoke about the rigors of the presidency, noting his negotiation of a peace agreement between Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin.
“The things I faced in foreign affairs, I don’t think I could undertake them at 80 years old,” he said, per The Associated Press. “At 95, it’s out of the question. I’m having a hard time walking.”