It’s a Saturday, and former President Jimmy Carter and his wife of 72 years, Rosalynn, are out for a walk. In fact, they’re strolling the half-mile to the home of one of their oldest friends, Jill Stuckey. This is what the ex-leader does pretty much every Sunday when he and Rosalynn are in Plains, Georgia, where they live and were both born. And the only indication that they’re not just any elderly couple is the presence of Secret Service protection agents.
Once the pair get to Stuckey’s house, then, they’ll likely settle down to a comfortable evening untroubled by gourmet food or pricey fine wines. It’s an easy-going ritual that speaks of simple pleasures and a distaste for the highfalutin. Yes, the ex-president is undoubtedly a wealthy man – but it seems that Carter has always foresworn the temptations of Mammon.
At Stuckey’s house, for instance, the Carters will probably dine on a simple meal. It would be, say, a casserole with broccoli and salmon, served on a paper plate and accompanied by water in plastic cups. And in their one concession to the high life, they’ll likely each indulge in a glass of chardonnay. But even this will be from the liquor store budget shelf.