Former US President Jimmy Carter Gives Us A Glimpse Of His Surprisingly Modest Two-Bedroom House: "It Just Never Had Been My Ambition To Be Rich"
A modest and simple life is something most people run away from. In contrast, Jimmy Carter chose a quiet lifestyle in the small town where he was born.
Together with his wife Rosalynn, Carter finds happiness in dwelling in a two-bedroom house with no luxury or publicity.
The former US president left the White House in 1981, at the age of 54. Instead of staying in politics, or earning thousands of dollars delivering lectures and speeches, or joining corporate boards, he returned to his hometown, Plains, in Georgia.
When Jimmy Carter looks back at his presidency, he says he is most proud of “keeping the peace and supporting human rights,” the Camp David accords that brokered peace between Israel and Egypt, and his work to normalize relations with China. In 2002, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. “I always told the truth,” he says. Carter has been notably quiet about President Trump. But on this night, two years into Trump’s term, he’s not holding back. “I think he’s a disaster,” Carter says. “In human rights and taking care of people and treating people equal.” “The worst is that he is not telling the truth, and that just hurts everything,” Rosalynn, his wife, says. Carter says he believes that the nation’s “ethical and moral values” are still intact and that Americans eventually will “return to what’s right and what’s wrong, and what’s decent and what’s indecent, and what’s truthful and what’s lies.” But, he says, “I doubt if it happens in my lifetime.” Read more about the Carters in the link in our bio. Photo by Matt McClain/The Washington Post
“I don’t see anything wrong with it; I don’t blame other people for doing it. It just never had been my ambition to be rich,” Carter told Washington Post.
In October, Jimmy Carter will become the second president ever to reach 94; George H.W. Bush turned 94 in June. These days, Carter is sharp, funny and reflective. The Carters walk every day — often down Church Street, the main drag through Plains, Ga., where they have been walking since the 1920s. “I grew up in church with him,” says Maya Wynn. “He’s a nice guy, just like a regular person.” “He’s a good ’ol Southern gentleman,” says David Lane. Carter has used his post-presidency to support human rights, global health programs and fair elections worldwide through his Carter Center, based in Atlanta. He has helped renovate 4,300 homes in 14 countries for Habitat for Humanity, and with his own hammer and tool belt, he will be working on homes for low-income people in Indiana later this month. But it is Plains that defines him. Read more about the Carters in the link in our bio. Photos by Matt McClain/The Washington Post
He did quite the opposite of his successors, who kept multiplying their fortune after their presidency.
The income of the family allows them to live a comfortable, non-celebrity-like life. Jimmy Carter receives an annual pension of $210,700, the same amount assigned to any former president. He has written 33 books on various subjects, and now receives an income from the sales.
The family confessed that they struggled financially after leaving their Washington residence. The peanut business, which Carter was involved in before his presidential post, was $1 million in debt, so he was forced to sell it.
However, living modestly was their conscious choice. The pictures taken by Washington Post photographers give us glimpse into Carter’s house. His two-bedroom rancher is assessed at $167,000, and according to the Washington Post, it is less valuable than the armored Secret Service vehicles parked outside.
Jimmy Carter was the 37th president of the USA, and he definitely stands out among his peers because of his simple lifestyle: no luxury penthouses, paparazzi shots, autographs or delivering numerous speeches on how to reach success for him.
During his 4-year presidential term, he fought for global health projects, human rights, and democracy.
(Swipe left for more photos.) Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter walk home after dinner and other scenes in Plains, GA. Carter was born in the small town and returned there following his presidency. Check out the story at washingtonpost.com. (Photos by @mattmcclainphoto /The Washington Post) #presidentcarter #jimmycarter #plainsga #georgia
In 2018, Jimmy Carter becomes the second American president ever to reach 94 (George H.W. Bush turned 94 in June). He is a former president, but at the same time, he is just another resident of the little town Plains, in Georgia.