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A Love for the Ages

Jimmy Carter shared a sweet kiss on Valentine’s Day with the woman who has been his for nearly 73 years.

The former president, 94, and his wife, Rosalynn, 91, popped up on the “Kiss Cam” at the Atlanta Hawks game on Valentine’s Day, sharing a smooch to cheers from the crowd. The Carters were also honored for their humanitarian efforts with a video tribute during the game by the Hawks.

The two lovebirds are delighted to still be able to share such loving moments together. Jimmy was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2015.

What’s their secret to a long-lasting love, which included raising four children?

“She was the right person. That’s the first thing,” Jimmy told Oprah Winfrey. “And then, we decided fairly early in our life to give each other plenty of space. Rosalynn has her own ideas, her own ambitions, her own goals in life, which, in some ways, are different from mine.”

“I let her do her thing; she lets me do my thing. And we try to resolve our inevitable and fairly frequent differences before we go to bed at night.”

The 39th president and his wife, who have been married since July 7, 1946, have been known to pop up on the kiss cam at various sporting events in their home state of Georgia. They shared a sweet kiss at an Atlanta Braves game in 2015 and did the same at another Braves game the following season. The folksy couple can also be found spreading the love in public, whether it’s sharing a sweet moment at a sporting event or shaking hands with every passenger before a flight.

It’s no surprise their romance endures, says Biographer Bernard Ryan. Ryan wrote in “Jimmy Carter: U.S. President and Humanitarian” that as it was practically love at first sight for the oldest living president, and that Rosalynn broke a personal rule by letting Jimmy kiss her on their first date.

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