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President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden paid a visit to former president Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter last Thursday. It was the first meeting between the couples since Biden took office in January.
The event was historic because it brought together the oldest sitting president and the longest-lived former president in history.
But the event is causing a stir on social media because of a bizarre photo taken of the meeting.
We’re pleased to share this wonderful photo from the @POTUS and @FLOTUS visit to see the Carters in Plains, Ga.!… https://t.co/oNUxv9P7TW— The Carter Center (@The Carter Center)1620093890.0
The photo of the Bidens kneeling next to the Carers makes it look like either the Bidens are exceptionally tall or the Carters are unbelievably short. When, in reality, the Carters are 5'5" and 5'10", the Bidens 5'7" and 6'.
The strange photo made some people question whether the meeting actually happened in the first place.
Rosalynn Carter is 5'5" and Joe is barely 6ft. Hmmm... is this photoshopped?
— Almost Andy Reid (@AlmostAndyReid) May 4, 2021
Good Lawdy pic.twitter.com/NlN0sJftJf
— Atomic Fate (@AtomicFateMetal) May 4, 2021
Some thought it was an obvious photoshop fail.
Dr. Jill Biden: 5’6” Jimmy Carter: 5’9” Joe Biden: 5’11” Rosalynn Carter: 5’4” This is the worst photoshop ever. https://t.co/rNh3y9XOCM— Jeffrey Marty 🇺🇸 (@Jeffrey Marty 🇺🇸)1620128475.0
Mostly, the photo inspired a ton of jokes.
There. I fixed it. pic.twitter.com/dmjLiX3oXk
— 🌊 Deonardo La Vinci 🌊 (@DeonardoLeVinci) May 4, 2021
We voted for Biden because he's a decent human being with sound policies but also because he and Jill are giants who will crush you if you make them angry.
— Sister Celluloid (@sistercelluloid) May 4, 2021
Why Joe look like a ventriloquist? pic.twitter.com/pUwSaoS4HO
— Bob Lawblau (@thetylerpaige) May 4, 2021
according to scale, each Biden is around 9 feet tall pic.twitter.com/tBDVjXx0bH
— beI (@badbeIla) May 4, 2021
Jonathan Alter, author of "His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, A Life," told the Washington Post that the photo looks strange due to variations in height and the way the photograph was taken.
One reason is that the camera's flash reduces shadows. The Bidens appear to be side-by-side with the Carters because the lack of shadow also reduces the appearance of depth. The Bidens are actually a lot closer to the camera than the Carters, so they appear larger.
The photo also was taken with a wide-angle lens which causes everything on the outer edges of the image to expand, and center to contract. The Carters appear to be smaller because they are in the middle of the shot.
The Carters also look smaller because people tend to shrink as they age.
Men tend to lose an inch in height between the ages of 30 and 70, while some women can lose up to two. After the age of 80, it's possible for everyone to lose another inch in height.
"Older adults can get shorter because the cartilage between their joints gets worn out and osteoporosis causes the spinal column to become shorter," Dr. Pham Liem, a geriatrician at the UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, says. "Adults can also lose lean muscle mass but gain fat. This is a condition called sarcopenia."
Although Jimmy Carter was a one-term president defeated in a landslide by Ronald Reagan in 1980, he has become more popular over the years. A 2019 YouGov poll found him to be the second most popular living Commander-in-Chief — behind only Barack Obama.
A recent documentary on the former president, "Carterland," suggests that he was misunderstood while in the White House because he was way ahead of his time.
"Here's what people get wrong about Carter," Will Pattiz, one of the film's directors, told The Guardian. "He was not in over his head or ineffective, weak or indecisive – he was a visionary leader, decades ahead of his time trying to pull the country toward renewable energy, climate solutions, social justice for women and minorities, equitable treatment for all nations of the world."
"He faced nearly impossible economic problems – and at the end of the day came so very close to changing the trajectory of this nation," Pattiz adds.
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Upon learning at a conference that black mothers in the U.S. die at three to four times the rate of white mothers, one of the widest of all racial disparities in women's health, Richards decided to take further action to help her community. She, along with a handful of fellow nurses, volunteered to provide antepartum, childbirth and postpartum education to the women living at the shelter. Additionally, they looked for other ways to boost the spirits of the residents, like throwing baby showers and bringing in guest speakers. When COVID-19 hit and in-person gatherings were no longer possible, Richards and her team found creative workarounds and created holiday care packages for the mothers instead.
"The packages were personalized to each mother with their names, a hand-written love note from the nursing team and items based on their pregnancy stage (which trimester, pregnant/postpartum) including newborn items (bottles, pacifiers, diapers, wipes, toiletries), toiletries and maternity clothes from the mother, as well as self-care items (journal, uplifting reading books, aromatherapy). My favorite part of the care package was hand-made quilts created by an 80+ [year old] retired doctor."
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Continuing with her service, Richards is currently working on starting a non-profit organization, Our Mommas Heal, an expansion of the work that she's already doing in the community. "Our goal is to be the advocates for these at-risk mothers by connecting them to the necessary resources to ensure they have a high-quality, safe, equitable, uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery: education, other organizations like nurse family partnership, vetted health care providers," said Richards.
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