Jimmy Carter has celebrated many milestones and awe-inspiring achievements throughout his long life, now he can add longest married presidential couple to the list.
The former U.S. president has been married to his wife Rosalynn Carter for 74 years.
Posting an image of the couple on the official Instagram account of the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site shows just how little this sparkly-eyed happy couple have changed over the years.
When the Georgia couple married Jimmy was 21 years old and Rosalynn Smith was 18.
Jimmy, who recently celebrated his 96th birthday, exchanged their vows on July 7, 1946 in their hometown of Plains, Georgia.
When the couple met, Jimmy was on break from the Naval Academy and was introduced to Rosalynn as a friend of his sister’s.
Jimmy said he immediately felt compatible with Rosalynn and asked her on a date to see a movie.
“She was beautiful and innocent, and there was a resonance,” he told People.
Jimmy said they rode in the rumble seat of a Ford pickup and that he kissed Rosalynn on that first date. He still remembers that moment clearly, he said.
The 39th president even credits his long life to his wife.
“It’s hard to live until you’re 95 years old,” he told People. “I think the best explanation for that is to marry the best spouse: someone who will take care of you and engage and do things to challenge you and keep you alive and interested in life.”
The couple have four children together, three sons and a daughter, 14 years younger than their third son, who spent part of her youth in the White House.
While on the campaign trail leading up to his presidential election in 1977 he referred to Rosalynn as his “secret weapon.”
They also accept that disagreements are inevitable in a marriage but according to the book “What Makes a Marriage Last” they give each other plenty of space to do the things they want to do.
What they do agree on is the need to help others and devote much of their time to support a number of different causes from mental health to human rights.
Jimmy whose awards include the United Nations Human Rights Prize and the Nobel Peace Prize, set up the The Carter Center with Rosalynn which funds a number of health and peace programs.
Despite being in their 90s this couple never stop giving and helping, they are such an inspiration.
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