Carter could be a millionaire like other ex-presidents who can earn thousands and thousands of dollars for a single speech. In fact, their wives can, too, in some cases. But speaking about those extravagant paydays to the The Washington post in August 2018, the former president gave a classic quote combining weary tolerance and veiled disapproval.
“I don’t see anything wrong with it; I don’t blame other people for doing it,” Carter said. “It’s just never had been my ambition to be rich.” And in the extravagant Trumpian sense, he certainly is not rich. With his ex-president’s pension and expenses, plus book sales income, he’s comfortable. But he doesn’t own a private plane with gold-plated bathroom fittings. Indeed, this ex-president flies commercial.
Before we get further into the undeniably modest lifestyle that Carter leads, let’s find out a bit more about him. Born in October of 1924 in the Georgia town of Plains, hecame into the world in the town’s hospital, which happened to be the place where his mother, Bessie, worked as a nurse. And believe it or not, Carter was the first future president to be delivered in a medical facility.