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Ex-US President Jimmy Carter Still Lives In House He Built Before His Presidency

Ex-US President Jimmy Carter Still Lives In House He Built Before His Presidency

Ever wondered what US Presidents get up to once their time in the White House is over? For some, like Bill Clinton, it's a case of getting back on the campaign trail, as he did during wife Hillary's 2008 Presidential Primary and 2016 Presidential campaigns.

For others, such as Jimmy Carter, however, it's all about living the simple life.

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The 39th President still lives in the fairly modest $167,000 (£130,000) home he owned and built and built before becoming president in 1977.

Carter, 94, told the Washington Post his decision to return to the house was because he had no desire to cash-in on any political fame he'd gained during his presidency.

He said: "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."

Many ex-presidents have taken to corporate speaking, investing, or joining the board of a big business - Carter's predecessor Gerald Ford went down this route, for instance.

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But Carter decided a more humble living could be made by returning to his hometown and where he'd grown up on a peanut farm.

Credit: Getty
Credit: Getty

When the former President returned to his hometown of Plains, Georgia in 1981, however, the farm was $1 million in debt and Carter had no choice but to sell.

He then decided that to generate some income he would turn to a passion of his - writing.

The former President has written a total of 33 books on various subjects and genres, with varying degrees of success.

His life as an author isn't his only income - Carter also receives a $210,700 (£163,700) annual pension which all former presidents receive.

However, even with his not-so-modest pension, the 39th US President has always been determined to live a modest and humble life.

Jimmy Carter at home in 1976. Credit: Shutterstock
Jimmy Carter at home in 1976. Credit: Shutterstock

In fact, it was reported that Carter has cost the US taxpayers the least of any former US President, according to the General Services Administration.

In the last year Carter has racked up a bill of $456,000 (£354,300) - this covered pensions, an office and security staff, among other expenses.

Though this total may seem a bit steep at first glance, when compared to other former presidents Carter has been frugal with his spending.

Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush all racked up bills of more than $1million (£777,005) during the same period.

The former president is the only one in more modern times to return full-time to the house he lived in before he entered a political career.

Carter still lives with his wife, the former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, who he's been married to for 52 years.

Maybe, he's just attempting to set a good example for future presidents?

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Topics: News, united states, Interesting, US News, President, Community, USA

Rachael Grealish

Rachael is a NCTJ qualified journalist from West Cumbria, with a passion for news, features and journalism. Outside of work Rachael loves plenty of coffee, running and reading.

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