The affection shared by Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter is unique.
The Carters broke the mark for the longest-married presidential couple in 2019 by surpassing George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush. Additionally, they marked their 76th wedding anniversary in July 2022.
How is it possible to keep up a friendship this long? Everything boils down to the fundamentals.
The now 98-year-old former president came up with a method to show his love for his life and his admiration when he was a young Naval officer in the 1940s.
“‘I love you the goodest.’ That’s what my mother and daddy used to say back and forth, and I picked it up with Rosa,” he told People in a 2014 interview.
ILYTG was so significant to the pair that Jimmy had it engraved on a compact that he gave Rosalynn.
That compact is currently on exhibit at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta, Georgia.
Similarly to how Jimmy took up ILYTG from his parents, the Carter children have also started using it among themselves.
“Now all our children do the same thing – ILYTG on the phone or in emails. They generally just put the initials,” he said. “And sometimes they change the initials and make you guess what they’re talking about.”
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 30: Former president Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn before the game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Cincinnati Bengals at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 30, 2018, in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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