(WASHINGTON) -- Former President Jimmy Carter appeared healthy and vibrant as he started construction on a new Habitat for Humanity home in northeast Washington, D.C. on Monday. The former president worked outside for an hour to kick off World Habitat Day and joked about his hospital visit last week.
“I spent two days last week on a vacation in a Cleveland hospital and got well very quickly because I wanted to be ready for the Habitat Project,” Mr. Carter said.
Hammering in nails and setting the frame for a new home, the 86-year-old Carter was accompanied by former first lady Rosalynn Carter, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, Habitat for Humanity CEO Jonathan Reckford and nearly 200 volunteers.
The event was part of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter’s Work Project.
The former president was hospitalized last week with stomach pains, and released after recovering from a gastric viral infection.
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