Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter have spent a lot of time together over the last year due to the pandemic, but they've loved every moment of it!
The former president and first lady feel closer than ever before, they told ABC News during an interview last week ahead of their seventy-fifth wedding anniversary.
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter talk about their love story and how they're planning to celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary. @SteveOsunsami reports. https://t.co/7NYnhsGcrC pic.twitter.com/QQx0LMpsG0
— Good Morning America (@GMA) July 5, 2021
"We have hardly left our house," Jimmy, the thirty-ninth president said. "Before that, we had not been together all that much -- ordinary family travel and so forth."
"It was just Jimmy and me," Rosalynn then said. "And it was really wonderful."
Jimmy Carter is the oldest-living president here in the U.S. at the incredible age of ninety-six. He is also the longest-living president in America's history. He and his wife, Rosalynn have known each other practically all their lives as she was best friends with his sister, Ruth.
"I spent a lotta time at that house, but he was always off at school," Rosalynn Carter, ninety-three, recalled. "He was so good to Ruth. He would write her letters, and she talked about him all the time. And she had his photograph on the wall in her bedroom. And I literally did fall in love with that photograph."
Jimmy Carter told his mother after their first date: "That was the girl I wanted to marry."
6 months later, Jimmy proposed to Rosalynn and she actually said no at first, saying she wanted to graduate from college first as she had promised her late father a few years earlier. "But he was persistent," she said.
They married on July 7th, 1946, in Plains after Jimmy graduated from the United States Naval Academy. He said marrying Rosalynn was the "most important thing in my life."
On his 75th birthday President Carter was asked to name the most important thing he had ever done. Without hesitation, he replied, "Marrying Rosalynn." https://t.co/eoHlwvVuzb
Happy 74th Anniversary to Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter! They were married in Plains, GA, on July 7, 1946. pic.twitter.com/MfYkdNImXN
— Jimmy Carter Presidential Library (@CarterLibrary) July 7, 2020
"It was happy and joyful and obviously long-lasting," he said. "Rose did say OK finally, and staying with me all this long has been the most wonderful thing in my life."
The Carters are the longest-married presidential couple in U.S. history. "But It hasn't been without its ups and downs, but that's made it exciting," Jimmy said.
"We've survived this long together because first of all, we give each other plenty of space to do our own thing," the former president continued.
They make an effort to "share as much as we possibly can," from bird watching to skiing and even fly fishing, which they often do together when on holiday to different countries.
"We make a big 1-week trip out of that," he said. "We have made that a major part of our recreation."
"We're always looking to do things or find things we can do together, like fly fishing and bird watching and just going out to the pond, catch a fish," Rosalynn said.
To mark their incredible milestone, the couple has planned an anniversary party at a school nearby.
"We've got everything arranged so we can accommodate a big crowd," Jimmy said. "For seventy-five years of marriage, we've always gone deeper in our love for one another. I think that's a kind of extraordinary thing. Doesn't happen to very many couples, but it certainly happened to us."
Congratulations, Jimmy and Rosalynn!