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Subject: OT: Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Celebrate 72nd Wedding Anniversary!

Second Longest-Presidential Marriage After George & Barbara Bush (73!)
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Date Posted: Sunday, July 08, 09:12:17am

Happy 72nd wedding anniversary, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter!

If silver is the traditional gift for a 25th wedding anniversary and gold and diamonds are for a 50th and 60th respectively, what on earth do you give a couple marking their 72nd?

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter undoubtedly would give the same answer: Each other.

It was 72 years ago this Saturday -- July 7, 1946 -- when the former president and first lady were married in their hometown at Plains Methodist Church. He was 21 and just out of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. She was 18 and literally the girl next door (their two families lived beside each other in Plains when she was born).

Still, Jimmy Carter never tires of reminding people, she’d turned him down the first time he’d proposed months earlier.

“We would continue to write each other letters,” Jimmy Carter told the AJC in an interview days before the couple’s 70th wedding anniversary in 2016. “Mostly her letters were about all the boys she was going with … I was in the Naval Academy and I was kind of isolated from the outside world.”

Rosalynn Carter shook her head slightly.

“He’s said it for so long, I think he believes it,” she confided with a chuckle.

The Carters will celebrate their anniversary privately, a spokesperson said. They’ve earned both parts of that statement, considering the busy year they’ve had since their 71st anniversary, which fell just before they headed to Canada to spearhead Habitat for Humanity’s 34th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

Earlier this year, Rosalynn Carter had surgery at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta to remove “troubling scar tissue” from a portion of her small intestine. Soon after, her husband, who’ll be 94 on Oct. 1, suggested they’d start reducing their famously full schedules a bit.

Since April, he’s cut back to “only” teaching Sunday school twice a month at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains. Afterwards, though, he and his ‘bride” continue to pose for individual photos with hundreds of visitors. Meanwhile, if history is a guide, they’ll contentedly work side-by-side on a hot and dusty building site when the 35th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project for Habitat for Humanity takes place Aug. 26-31 in Mishawaka and South Bend, Indiana. (Find additional information at www.habitat.org)

They’re in this together. Maybe more than ever now.


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According to my math, if the Carters live another 466 days, they will be the longest-survived POTUS couple. (NT)Good luck to Jimmy, 93, and Rosalynn, 90!Sunday, July 08, 10:00:02am

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