“Rosalyn Was My Everything In The World” -Jimmy Carter
In a heartwarming tale, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his late wife, Rosalynn, shared a remarkable 77-year marriage, making them the longest-married couple in presidential history.
Their story began in Plains, Georgia, where they grew up just three miles apart. Jimmy knew he wanted to marry Rosalynn after their first date, even though she initially said no due to a promise to her father.
Despite the ups and downs, the Carters became the longest-married presidential couple in 2019. Their 77-year marriage surpassed the lifespans of more than half of all U.S. presidents.
Jimmy often credited their enduring relationship as the secret to his long life, emphasizing the importance of marrying the right person.
“Rosalynn was my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished,” the former president wrote in a statement. “She gave me wise guidance and encouragement when I needed it.”
The couple’s post-presidency life was marked by community service, humanitarian work, and a commitment to modest living.
Instead of opting for corporate boards or lucrative speeches, they dedicated their time to causes like Habitat for Humanity and the Carter Center in Atlanta. In later years, they became each other’s caregivers, facing health challenges together.
Their love story, filled with shared hobbies and a deep connection, serves as an inspiring example of a partnership that stood the test of time.
“As long as Rosalynn was in the world, I always knew somebody loved and supported me,” he said.
The Carters’ legacy extends beyond the political realm, reminding us of the enduring power of love and commitment.
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