President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are scheduled to visit former President Jimmy Carter, and his wife, Rosalynn, on Thursday in a trip to Georgia.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced the plans for the Bidens’ trip on Tuesday, one day before President Biden makes his address to Congress.

Jimmy Carter, 96, and Rosalynn Carter, 93, were unable to attend Biden’s inauguration in January due to the coronavirus pandemic. The couple was considered to have a high risk of contracting the virus due to their age.

Since then, both of the couples have been vaccinated, and the Carters can safely meet with the Bidens. In March, the Carters participated in an ad campaign to encourage Americans to get the COVID-19 vaccine. 

President Biden is also scheduled to appear at a drive-in rally in Atlanta to celebrate his 100th day in office. 

The visit with the Carters will mark the first time Biden has sat down in person with a former president since his inauguration.

The trip to Georgia is a part of the Biden administration’s “Getting America Back on Track” tour. The purpose of the trip is to travel to different states to discuss the president’s achievements since taking office and promote his plans for the economy.

Jimmy Carter was in the White House from 1977 to 1981. The 39th president had previously served as the governor of Georgia.

US first lady Jill Biden had visited a migrant camp in Mexico, near the border with Texas, in December 2020 US first lady Jill Biden had visited a migrant camp in Mexico, near the border with Texas, in December 2020 Photo: POOL / SAUL LOEB