Hundreds of people flocked to the 200 million homes in the US countryside to see “The Greatest President”

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on the 10th. [로이터=연합뉴스]

On the afternoon of the 10th (local time) on Saturday, Plains, a small town in Georgia, USA, was bustling with celebrities from all over the country.

Carter’s 75th wedding anniversary
The only ex-president to retire from his hometown
Instead of expensive lectures, build a house, act on human rights
To create jobs for residents, they decided to be buried in their hometown after death.

Former President Bill Clinton and former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, CNN Founder Ted Turner, and country singers Garth Brooks and Tricia Earwood visited the 700-person town.

To attend the 75th wedding anniversary of former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, the most famous person living here.

The event was held in the building of ‘Plains High School’, a public school the couple attended 80 years ago, which is now a museum. Former President Jimmy Carter, 96, and his 93-year-old wife, Rosalind, welcomed 350 guests.

Relatives and neighbors, rich and poor, Republicans and Democrats all gathered, the Washington Post reported.

Former Democratic President Carter won the 1976 presidential election and served as the 39th president, but lost re-election to Republican President Ronald Reagan, who appeared like a comet in 1980.

Carter suffered the disgrace of being single-term president, but he went down a different path than other former presidents, and was recorded as a more brilliant president after leaving office.

Carter refused to give high-paid lectures or work on corporate boards, which received billions of dollars at a time. “I don’t want to take advantage of the White House life economically,” he said in a 2018 WP interview.

“I don’t think it’s wrong, I don’t blame others for doing that,” he said. “Becoming rich was never my ambition,” he said.

In 2001, former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn were engaged in Habitat, a house-building campaign for low-income families in Cheonan, South Korea. [AP=연합뉴스]

In 2001, former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn were engaged in Habitat, a house-building campaign for low-income families in Cheonan, South Korea. [AP=연합뉴스]

Instead, the Carters devoted themselves to ‘Habitat’, a house-building movement for the low-income class, and to volunteer as observers of democratic voting in underdeveloped countries, eradicating diseases, and promoting human rights.

For this reason, he is called “the greatest ex-president” (Robert Strong, ‘Washington and Lee University’ professor), who lives an exemplary life as an outgoing president.

One of the secrets of popularity after retirement is integrity. Carter returns home after retirement to live in a house the couple built 50 years ago. He is the only former president to return to where he lived before entering politics after leaving the White House.

According to Zillow, a real estate trading site, the current market price is $213,000 (about 250 million won), which is below the average house price in the United States, according to the WP.

He decided not to pass it on to his four children, but to donate it to the state to create a museum. It is said that the couple decided to be buried on one side of the farm after their death. This is because they believe that it can attract tourists and visitors and create jobs and income for the villagers.

The town where Carter lives is so simple that the largest store is Dollar General, a general store that sells everything from clothing to tools and groceries in one place. Even this store was ‘attracted’ by former President Carter, the WP said. There is one railway station, but no road traffic lights.

In 2018, the WP introduced the Carter’s house as a two-room farm house built in 1961.

At the time, the couple walked hand in hand every Saturday evening to a neighbor’s house about 800 meters away and returned from a simple meal on a paper plate, the only difference that makes him a former president is that three Secret Service agents walk a few steps apart, the WP said. told

Is it because of such a frugal life? The Carters have the longest record of harm among a married couple in the United States. At the celebration that day, former President Carter said to Rosalind, “I want to express my special thanks for being the perfect woman for me,” and “I love you very much.”

When I was young, Ms. Rosalind was not interested in boys, so I never thought I would get married, but she said, “Jimmy Carter showed up, and my life became an adventure,” causing laughter.

“If you want to have a long-lasting marriage, the secret is to marry the right person,” the couple said in an interview with the Associated Press.

Washington = Correspondent Park Hyun-young hypark@joongang.co.kr

Washington = Correspondent Park Hyun-young hypark@joongang.co.kr


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