Jimmy Carter is the epitome of a good man. He is everything a person could want in a moral leader, and he has done nothing but help others throughout his life. His work with Habitat For Humanity is a legacy that will extend far past his presidency, and that is something that Republicans just can’t stand. Thankfully, Carter is nearly 100 years old, making him an unlikely target, most of the time.
The GOP loathes how beloved Jimmy Carter is to the people who can still remember a good time in America. So now that Carter and his wife Rosalyn are near breaking a presidential record, conservatives are throwing tantrums right on cue.
The Carters just celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary, which is about to make them the longest married ex-president and first lady. Like ever.
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
“On July 7, 1946, Jimmy Carter, 21, and Rosalynn Smith, 18, got married at Plains Methodist Church, in their hometown. Since then, they have lived in the Georgia Governor’s Mansion and the White House.”
“They founded the Carter Center in 1982, with a mission to advance peace and improve health worldwide.”
“In 1999, then-President Bill Clinton awarded Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter the Presidential Medal of Freedom. “Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter have done more good things for more people in more places than any other couple on the face of the Earth,” Clinton said when presenting the medal.”
As you can imagine, this new record has Republicans raging, but mostly privately because slamming an elderly man for having a long-lasting marriage is frowned upon.
The publication says that, “Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”
In 2015, his doctors found cancer in Carter’s brain and liver, making this record look like it was not an achievable dream. Carter beat the cancer, however, and is still building houses for the underprivileged. He said this about his diagnosis and recovery:
“We thought life was over for me. I think that having been together for 69 years obviously made it easier for us to weather that storm of emotions.”
“Now, they mark 73 years together — 73 years of accomplishments that might not have happened if he were not persistent. As Jimmy Carter tells it, his first marriage proposal was rejected.”
“But she eventually said yes, and the rest, quite literally, is history.”