03/28/2014 12:28 pm ET Updated Mar 28, 2014

Jimmy Carter Sends Historic First Text Message

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Though he's skeptical about the privacy of using technology, it looks like Jimmy Carter has finally caved and joined the 21st century.

The former president's grandson, Jason Carter, a Georgia state senator, tweeted this screenshot of this conversation with his "Papa" following an appearance on The Colbert Report Tuesday.

It's unclear as to why the 89-year-old is just now choosing to start texting, as he has said he's skeptical about the privacy of electronic communications and even said he'd consider pardoning Edward Snowden. Just Sunday, he said intelligence agencies are "abusing" their surveillance abilities during an appearance on Meet The Press.

"As a matter of fact, you know, I have felt that my own communications are probably monitored. And when I want to communicate with a foreign leader privately, I type or write a letter myself, put it in the post office, and mail it," Carter said. "I believe if I send an email, it will be monitored," he added with a laugh.

Carter is currently promoting his new book, "A Call To Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power" and even recently met with Pope Francis to talk about the abuse of women.

As he enters his nineties, he shows no signs of slowing down. His secret? "There's no magic involved," Carter said on Meet The Press. It's his work with the Carter Center, promoting democracy and advocating for human rights across the world that keeps him going.

Keep giving the NSA something to talk about, Mr. President.



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