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Fri Oct 18, 2019, 12:14 PM

Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter just became the longest married presidential couple

Twenty six thousand seven hundred and sixty five days -- and counting.

That's more than 75 years. And that's how long former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, have been married -- making them the longest married presidential couple.

The Carter Center celebrated the milestone Thursday when the couple bested the record held by the late George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush.

And to think it might have turned out differently.

When Jimmy Carter first proposed, Rosalynn Smith -- as she was known then -- rejected him. Why? She had made a promise to her dying father she'd finish college first.

As she recounted in her memoir, "First Lady from Plains," the pair grew up three years and three miles apart.

There were no girls in town who were her age. So Rosalynn became best friends with Jimmy's younger sister.

"I thought he was the most handsome young man I had ever seen," she wrote in her memoir.

Her father died when she was 12. But she kept her promise. She graduated from Georgia Southwestern College.

The pair went on their first date in 1945. They married the following year.

He was 21. She was 18.

"The best thing I ever did was marrying Rosalynn," Carter once said. "That's a pinnacle in my life."

That's not to say it's been easy sailing all through. Take the time the couple decided to write a book together.

"It's the worst problem we've ever had since we've been married," Jimmy Carter jokingly told CNN at the time.

"It would be like God had given her this text at Mt. Sinai and she had brought it down and presented it to me in stone."

He is now 95. She is 92. And their love story is still going strong.

















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Reply Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter just became the longest married presidential couple (Original post)
Otto Lidenbrock Oct 2019 OP
malaise Oct 2019 #1
Stuart G Oct 2019 #2
yonder Oct 2019 #5
malaise Oct 2019 #7
yonder Oct 2019 #14
malaise Oct 2019 #16
lunatica Oct 2019 #8
malaise Oct 2019 #11
lunatica Oct 2019 #13
malaise Oct 2019 #15
Otto Lidenbrock Oct 2019 #18
malaise Oct 2019 #19
Tommy_Carcetti Oct 2019 #3
lunatica Oct 2019 #9
Aristus Oct 2019 #4
mr_lebowski Oct 2019 #6
nmgaucho Oct 2019 #10
Phoenix61 Oct 2019 #12
lagomorph777 Oct 2019 #17
CatWoman Oct 2019 #20

Response to Otto Lidenbrock (Original post)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 12:18 PM

1. Two of the most decent people on our planet

I love the Carters - thank you for breaking the record.

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Response to malaise (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 12:22 PM

2. I second that motion, and totally agree. "2 of the most decent people on our planet."

Well said. Thank You for saying this..

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Response to malaise (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 12:45 PM

5. I'll third that motion. They are an inspiring credit to humanity and a beacon of hope.

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Response to yonder (Reply #5)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 01:06 PM

7. My brother shares his birthday and I sent him a card I made

wishing him as long a life as Jimmy - he said just sharing birthdays with such a decent human being was good enough although he'd welcome the long life

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Response to malaise (Reply #7)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 01:35 PM

14. What a great way to mark the march of your brother's years.

I get to inversely/perversely mark mine with the likes of S. Hannity and M. Lauer.

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Response to yonder (Reply #14)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 01:39 PM

16. For real

I feel your pain

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Response to malaise (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 01:19 PM

8. Is your moniker from his famous speech?

At the time I knew that if we followed him he would lead this country into its adulthood stage. We had an opportunity to see our errors and to become accountable and grow up into a psychologically mature nation ready to really lead the world.

Then Reagan came along, wrapped in the flag, pulling us back into the military chest puffing adolescence we’ve been suffering from ever since.

Trump is the natural outcome of that immaturity. The ultimate raging adolescence of our national psyche.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #8)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 01:28 PM

11. Many DUers have asked me that over the years

It's not - it's from a title of a book by a socialist American from Boston who fled to England during the Vietnam War. He was closely linked to the British Labour Party and wrote some great books on cricket. I took the name from his first book on cricket - Anyone But England: Cricket and the National Malaise: Mike Marqusee.

I loved that Carter speech that RWs and media hacks (pro oil folks) labeled his malaise speech. It was his Crisis of Confidence Speech - a beautifully honest speech.

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Response to malaise (Reply #11)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 01:31 PM

13. Either way it's a truly great moniker!

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Response to lunatica (Reply #13)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 01:38 PM

15. Given the state of the planet under Bush and this lunatic

it worked. When I joined DU in October 2004, I observed the global malaise as the election approached. Who thought it could reach where we are today.

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Response to malaise (Reply #11)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 03:22 PM

18. It was an eerily prophetic speech. But a less known fact is Ted Kennedy used the word malaise first

I never quite forgave Ted for his antics in 1979-80

By the way I'm a cricket fan too having lived in England for some time

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Response to Otto Lidenbrock (Reply #18)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 04:00 PM

19. Very interesting - I know Carter faced hell from many Democrats including TK

Yeh for a cricket fan

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Response to Otto Lidenbrock (Original post)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 12:28 PM

3. What a smile. What a couple.

Just fundamentally decent human beings, both of them.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Reply #3)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 01:22 PM

9. His smile still dazzles in it's fullness doesn't it?

It wraps you in his goodness.

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Response to Otto Lidenbrock (Original post)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 12:31 PM

4. I think each of them, individually, would be a National Treasure.

Together, their value to our nation is incalculable...

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Response to Otto Lidenbrock (Original post)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 12:55 PM

6. Salt of the Earth right there, man ...

Congrats to Jimmy and Roz!

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Response to Otto Lidenbrock (Original post)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 01:24 PM

10. We all need to aspire to be like them

Nm

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Response to Otto Lidenbrock (Original post)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 01:29 PM

12. How wonderful and he was darn cute! nt

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Response to Otto Lidenbrock (Original post)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 02:51 PM

17. Holy moly that's a long time!

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Response to Otto Lidenbrock (Original post)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 04:20 PM

20. k; r

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