We try to be reconciled before we go to sleep at night, and try to find everything we can think of that we like to do together. So we have a lot of good times. — Former President Jimmy Carter
We try to be reconciled before we go to sleep at night, and try to find everything we can think of that we like to do together. So we have a lot of good times. — Former President Jimmy Carter
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter celebrate 75 years of marriage
The couple has been side by side in a winding life journey defined by Carter's turn in the Oval Office but driven by the pair's unyielding passion for serving others. Together, the Carters have refined the role of former first family though their sprawling volunteer work building homes while still working to advance peace abroad.

Both a former president and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Jimmy Carter has called marrying Rosalynn "a pinnacle of my life."

"The best thing I ever did was marrying Rosalynn," he once said.


Beginning before Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were even born, the longest presidential marriage in history didn't begin with a simple "yes."

... And though Jimmy failed to capture reelection after a term defined by inflation at home and conflict abroad, the couple channeled their energy for political service into a remarkable run of volunteer work and global democracy advocacy.

"There's the feeling of wanting to redeem yourself," author and journalist Kate Andersen Brower said of Jimmy Carter's reelection loss. "And then I think there's a bit of anger there too -- and kind of feeling overlooked that has really kind of galvanized and spurred them into action in a way because they were one term. And I say 'they' because they're really a unit and a team."

For nearly four decades, the couple and their Atlanta-based organization -- the Carter Center -- has monitored hotspot elections, negotiated with despots, battled poverty and homelessness, fought disease and epidemics and promoted public health in the developing world.

And with the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project with Habitat for Humanity, they have built, renovated or repaired more than 4,300 homes alongside more than 100,000 volunteers across 14 countries.

... Remarkably, the Carters' tireless public service has endured multiple health issues over the years.

... Asked by CNN's Jake Tapper in 2015 what the secret to an enduring marriage is, Jimmy Carter responded, "First of all, it's best to choose the right woman, which I did. And secondly, we give each other space to do our own things."

"We try to be reconciled before we go to sleep at night, and try to find everything we can think of that we like to do together," he said. "So we have a lot of good times."
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