JIMMY Carter and his wife Rosalynn have an enduring love story that blossomed thanks to his younger sister Ruth.
The couple celebrated their 76th wedding anniversary last year after tying the knot in 1946.
The former president reportedly told his mother he wanted to marry Rosalynn after their first date.
In 2015 he said: “The best thing I ever did was marry Rosalynn. This is the high point of my life.”
The oldest living president, 98, and his wife, 95, broke their own record for longest-married presidential couple.
In an interview with Bill and Melinda Gates, the 39th President explained some of the “rules” he and his wife follow for a lasting marriage.
He said: “We give ourselves a lot of space.
“She has many interests that I don’t share, and I have many interests that she doesn’t share.”
Rosalynn enjoys tai chi and meditation while Carter enjoys spending time in his study and enjoys swimming.
The love-struck couple also stands by the widely touted adage, “Don’t go to bed angry.”
Carter said, “We have many arguments.
“We have 21 grandchildren and four children, so we fight a lot about our family. But we try to get over our arguments before we go to sleep.”
The couple first met when Carter was three and Rosalynn was a newborn growing up together in Plains, Georgia.
Roslynn became close friends with Ruth, Carter’s sister, and while 20-year-old Kimmy was spending the summer from college at home, he met 17-year-old Rosalynn.
He decided to take his sister’s best friend to the movies and concluded that he “just felt compatible with her.”
Rosalynn was the 39th First Lady of the United States and was considered one of her husband’s closest advisers throughout his political career.
When Carter announced his plans to run for the White House, she campaigned for him alone in 41 states.
Rosalynn then became the First Lady of the United States in 1977.
After questioning her husband about a message, he invited her to attend cabinet meetings to be fully informed of her position.
After his year in the White House, the couple worked on individual issues, with Rosalynn focusing on mental health and women and Carter promoting and expanding human rights through the Carter Center, founded in 1982.
In 2015, the President was diagnosed with skin cancer, which he overcame.
However, in 2019, he suffered a series of falls that resulted in a broken hip and a brain hemorrhage that required surgery.
On Friday, the Carter Center announced on Twitter that the former president is now receiving hospice care and will be spending the rest of his day with his family at his Georgia home.
The statement read: “Following a series of brief hospitalizations, former US President Jimmy Carter today decided to spend the rest of his time at home with his family and receive hospice care in lieu of additional medical procedures.
“He has the full support of his family and medical team. The Carter family requests privacy during this time and is grateful for the concern of his many admirers.”
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