In his 96 years as president, former President Jimmy Carter has accomplished a lot, but his longest-running achievement is his marriage to former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. On July 7, the pair will honour their 75th wedding anniversary, which will span nearly eight decades of generosity, travel, family, and love.
Mrs. Carter, 93, told the Associated Press, “We created a partnership when we were working in the farm supply company, and it lasted when Jimmy got interested in politics.” “On paper, I knew more about the company than he did. He’d listen to what I had to say.”
Mr. Carter, who was then a student at the United States Naval Academy, required a date when he returned home in 1945. According to the Associated Press, Mr. Carter’s younger sister fixed him up with a family acquaintance, Eleanor Rosalynn Smith, who he already had a thing on.
The Carters went on to become a Navy family, a farming family, and finally a first family after that night.
In addition, Mr. Carter stated that his wife is “far more political.”
She added, “I adore it.” “Campaigning is something I enjoy doing. I had a fantastic experience. I travelled to every state in the United States. The last time we ran, I campaigned every day.”
Mrs. Carter set a precedent for first ladies by working alongside her husband’s advisers after her husband was elected president in 1977. She aided in the passage of important legislation, such as health care and mental health legislation.
Mr. Carter and his wife erected the Carter Center in Atlanta after he left the White House. The institute, which was formed in collaboration with Emory University, is dedicated to human rights and “human suffering alleviation.”
Health programmes such as the International Task Force for Disease Eradication and peace initiatives such as the Conflict Resolution Program, which is trying to resolve conflicts in Syria, Palestine and Israel, and Sudan, are among the center’s projects.
The couple is also actively involved with Habitat for Humanity, having spent 34 years assisting in the construction of almost 4,000 homes in 14 countries by 2018.
The Carters are also notable for being married for 75 years, making them the longest-married presidential couple in American history, according to the Associated Press. Their marriage, according to the former president, is “a full partnership.”
They have four children together and read the Bible aloud every night as two ardent Christians.
Mr. Carter told the Associated Press, “My main secret is to marry the proper person if you want to have a long-lasting marriage.”
“Every day,” the former president remarked, “there must be reconciliation and dialogue between the two spouses.” “We don’t go to bed with some unresolved issues between us.”
In 2006, the couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a party in their hometown, fresh off a trip to Nicaragua.
Similarly, the Carters will celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary this week in Plains, Georgia. “We’ve invited way too many folks,” Mrs. Carter joked to the Associated Press. “In fact, I’m hoping for some rejections and regrets.”