Former President Jimmy Carter learned of a delicate situation on the roof of the White House during his tenure: One of his sons smoked a pot there one night in 1978 with singer-songwriter Willie Nelson.
Carter, 95, revealed the truth in a new documentary, “Jimmy Carter: Rock and Roll President.” (See the trailer above.)
Nelson, 87, revealed in his autobiography that he smoked a “thick Austin torpedo” that night ̵
“When Willie Nelson wrote his autobiography, he admitted that he smoked a pot in the White House one night when he spent the night with me,” Carter said in the documentary.
“He said his companion who shared the pot with him was one of the White House servants. That’s not exactly right. In fact, he was one of my sons whom he didn’t want to categorize as a potty smoker like him, “Carter added.
At the time, there were rumors of Nelson and Carter’s middle son, James Earl “Chip” Carter III, sharing smoke. But Chip Carter said in an interview with GQ in 2015 that Nelson “told me not to tell anyone.” When pressed into the same story, if his smoking partner tonight was Chip, Nelson replied, “He was very similar. It could be, yes. “
Nelson added: “It looked like this. We were there and there it was, and uh … why not, you know? And they have a great view from the roof. “
Asked if he was worried it would embarrass the president, Nelson said, “I think he knew me and he knew Chip, so, you know, we couldn’t do much to embarrass him.”
The documentary, now in theaters, explores the former president’s close relationship at the White House and then with popular musicians, including Nelson, the Allman brothers and Bob Dylan, whom Carter described in the film as one of his “best friends.” Dylan remembered that when he met Carter, “the first thing he did was quote my songs.”
“He was cool, he enjoyed our music and he became a friend,” Greg Allman said in the film (Allman died in 2017).
Carter was attracted to music and artists because “one of the things that held America together was the music we share and love,” he explained.
Carter became hot about his relationship with the musicians when he was president.
“There were people who didn’t like my deep attachment to Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan, as well as obscene rock’n’roll,” he admitted. “I didn’t care because I did what I really believed in, and the response from the followers of these musicians was much more influential than a few people who thought it was inappropriate to be associated with rock’n’roll and radical people as president. “
Carter, who spent much of his time after leaving the White House in various humanitarian and diplomatic efforts, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 “for decades of tireless efforts to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, for progress in democracy.” and human rights and to promote economic and social development. “
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