Legacy and Love: Ex-President’s Grandson Reflects on Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter

According to the former US president’s grandson, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter are “still holding hands” as they begin their “final chapter” together at their home in Plains, Georgia.

In an interview with People magazine that was published on Saturday, Josh Carter remarked of his grandparents, the first couple who were married from 1977 to 1981, “It’s clear we’re in the final chapter.”

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(Front row) Former US president Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn Carter and (back row) Jill Biden, wife of former vice president Joe Biden, and former vice president Al Gore attend a funeral service for former US president George H. W. Bush at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC on December 5, 2018. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

 

 

In order to “spend his remaining time at home with his family,” Jimmy Carter, 98, entered hospice care in February. Rosalynn Carter, 96, was diagnosed with dementia in May, according to the Carter family.

 

According to Josh Carter, “my grandparents have always been the entertainers.” But now we essentially have to provide the entertainment. It’s just a different age, yet it’s different.

 

He claimed that his grandfather was “still fully Jimmy Carter.

“He’s just worn out. Even though he is approaching 99 years old, he has experienced love.

 

Josh claimed that his grandmother “mostly still understands who we are and that we are family. Even now, my grandmother can create fresh memories.

 

In 1946, 77 years ago, the Carters got hitched. Before becoming the Democratic governor of Georgia in 1971, Jimmy Carter served in the US Navy. In the 1976 bicentennial election, he defeated Gerald Ford to win the presidency.

 

Rosalynn Carter, referred to as the “Steel Magnolia” by some, was a powerful first lady throughout her stormy four years in office.

Rosalynn Carter was “a great second line of defense,” according to a White House insider who told the Observer in 1980, because she could persuade her husband “to change his mind.”

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ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 30: Former president Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn speak with head coach Dan Quinn of the Atlanta Falcons prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

 

I am in history’s spotlight, Rosalynn Carter once remarked. I’m aware of my influence, and I like it.

 

While it “gotta be hard” for the former president to watch his wife battle with dementia, Josh Carter noted in an interview with People that they had “experienced everything that you can together.”

The fact that they are still together, in my opinion, is amazing.

 

They continue to clasp hands. It’s simply incredible.

Ronald Reagan, the Republican who defeated Jimmy Carter in 1980, passed away in 2004 at the age of 93. George H.W. Bush, Reagan’s Republican successor, passed away in 2018 at the age of 94.

The longest-serving president was Carter. Most people agree that his post-presidency was the most prosperous.

While out of office, Carter led philanthropic causes and carried out diplomatic trips.

He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 in recognition of his “decades of tireless efforts to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”

 

According to Josh Carter, “Odds are I’m gonna lose my grandfather before my grandmother,” he said to People. It’s just math because she’s not receiving hospice care while he is.

 

Joe Biden claimed in March that Jimmy Carter had requested him to give his eulogy.

 

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