Celebrity

A Look Inside Jimmy Carter's Humble Lifestyle In His Georgia Hometown

Jack Gruber/USA Today, The Washington Post

If you think about the President of the United States' lifestyle, you'd be overwhelmed by all of the luxuries they're privy to.

While our elected leaders get to call the White House home for four years, once their term is over, they have to pack their bags and find a new place to call their humble abode.

But Jimmy Carter knew where he would reside, and immediately moved back into his modest Plains, Georgia house he and his family lived prior to his presidency.

He moved back into his two-bedroom rancher, and was immediately tasked with settling his financial woes.

Prior to becoming the 39th President of the United States, Carter worked as a peanut farmer, but when he returned to his $167,000 home, the company was $1 million in debt.

"We thought we were going to lose everything," his wife Rosalynn told The Washington Post.

He sold the company, and lives off the income from his 33 books and $210,700 annual pension.

Since overcoming his battle with cancer, Carter enjoys "staying active" and cleans his own dishes after every meal.

When he's not on the job, the Sunday school teacher relishes in pursuing his hobbies of writing in his study, swimming in his pool, building furniture, watching Atlanta Braves games or Law & Order and making homemade yogurt with his wife.

Unsurprisingly, the General Services Administration reports that Carter costs US taxpayers the least amount of money than any other former US President.

Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush all had a bill of over $1 million each, which goes towards pensions, an office, security staff and other expenses this fiscal year, while Carter only cost $456,000.

When Carter goes on trips, he and his wife make the decision to fly commercial, while other former Presidents choose to fly on private jets.

According to the Post, on a recent flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles, Carter greeted other passengers on the plane and even took the time to take selfies with them.

"He doesn’t like big shots, and he doesn’t think he’s a big shot," said Gerald Rafshoon, who was Carter's former White House communications director.

And unlike his fellow former presidents, the 94-year-old decided against capitalizing on his title for monetary gain.

"I don't see anything wrong with it; I don't blame other people for doing it," Carter told the publication. "It just never had been my ambition to be rich."

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[H/T: The Washington Post]

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