When Jimmy Carter was in the White House, his daughter, Amy Carter, got a lot of press, but we haven’t heard much about her lately. So what ever happened to Amy Carter?
Amy Carter lived in the White House from age 9 to age 13, and she had the run of a place. She even had a treehouse on the south lawn. Since JFK’s presidency, there had not been a young child in the White House, so the media focused a lot of attention on her.
In 1980, Jimmy Carter was famously defeated by Ronald Reagan. There were many factors in the loss, including the Iran Hostage Crisis and fuel shortages in the U.S. that resulted from Carter’s price control efforts. At any rate, after losing, Carter returned to his peanut farm in Georgia, and of course his daughter, Amy, returned with him. [Source: Jimmy Carter – Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Carter]
In the late 1980’s, after leaving home to attend college, Amy Carter was involved in numerous protests against U.S. treatment of South African apartheid and various Central American policies. In 1987, she was arrested at the University of Massachusetts while protesting the CIA’s recuirting efforts. She was eventually acquitted. [Source: Amy Carter – Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Carter]
After this burst of radicalism, what was next for Amy Carter? More activism? More arrests? Or a move in the complete opposite direction?
If you answered “a move in the complete opposite direction,” you are correct. In 1996, Amy Carter married James Gregory Wentzel, a computer consultant. The couple moved to Atlanta, and then had a child (a boy) in 1999. Since that time, Amy Carter has kept a very low profile, apparently no longer interested in protesting America’s international policies. [Source: Amy Carter – Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Carter]
I don’t know exactly what to make of Amy Carter’s protesting years in the 1980’s. Maybe she was just a young kid being idealistic, maybe she thought she was continuing her father’s political legacy, or maybe she was doing the same thing as a lot of other college students but with the news media on her tail. Whatever the case, I’m happy to see that she eventually managed to live an ordinary life.
Amy Carter – Wikipedia. Downloaded October 20, 2010 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Carter.
Jimmy Carter – Wikipedia. Downloaded October 20, 2010 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Carter.