Imagine picking up your bucket list to scratch off “rolling and puffing with the president’s son on the roof of the White House”. If anyone ever lived the ultimate rebel life, it was Willie Nelson, famous country musician and America’s most beloved “Stoner Uncle”.
The rumor has been flying around for decades starting with snippets in his autobiography where Nelson wrote that he indulged in a smoke-off with someone on the roof of the White House. This was during the tenure of President James “Jimmy” Carter, who has just revealed in a 2020 documentary that Nelson indeed smoked weed on the White House roof . The documentary, now available on all major platforms online and in theatres highlights Carter’s inspiring love for all kinds of music, including rock n roll, jazz, gospel, and country.
Pot On The Roof
However, there’s a hacking twist to the infamous pot-puffing plot. In his 1988 autobiography, Willie Nelson wrote that he’d been staying at the White House when “a friend of mine who happened to be a White House insider” came up to his bedroom and offered a tour . They went to the roof where this unnamed guy pulled a joint and they smoked their souls to the stars. People initially assumed it was a White House worker, but a highly reliable source has come forward with the final truth.
At the “highest point” of the White House
In the 2020 documentary-titled Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President, the 95-year-old ex-POTUS revealed that Nelson had smoked weed on the roof with one of his sons, putting to rest a rumor that has swirled around the media for 42 years, since 1978, a year after Jimmy was selected into office.
“When Willie Nelson wrote his autobiography, he confessed that he smoked pot in the White House one night when he was spending the night with me,” Jimmy Carter says in the documentary. “And he says that his companion that shared the pot with him was one of the servants in the White House. That is not exactly true — it actually was one of my sons, which he didn’t want to categorize as a pot-smoker like him.”
Carter made sure not to reveal which one of his three sons it was, although the now-debunked rumors claimed it was his second son, 70-year-old James Earl Carter III, popularly known as Chip.
This isn’t the first time we are learning about the son and star angle. In a GQ interview in 2015, Nelson off-handedly confirmed that he had smoked weed with one of the president’s son in 1978 . Of course, he didn’t mention the name of which presidential spawn it was. When a reporter called inquiring about the story, Chip, who would have been 28 at the time of the pot-smoking said, “Well, he told me not to ever tell anybody,” before hanging up.
87-year-old Willie Nelson is one of America’s pioneers of country music, widely recognized for his contributions to the Outlaw Country subgenre. The “Stoner Uncle of the Free Country” is famous for his legendary love of pot/weed/marijuana, and has been involved in several legalization movements for the substance. In 2010, at the age of 77, he was arrested for possession of marijuana and upon his release, Nelson created the TeaPot party with the motto “Tax it, regulate it and legalize it!” It’s no surprise that he has a song titled “Roll me up and smoke me when I die”.
A mind of his own
Since his exit from office in 1981, Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn began to dedicate a lot of their time to their massive family and humanitarian activities. With 4 children and 22 grand-and-great-grandchildren, the Carters have more than enough people to occupy their free time.
Due to his almost spiritual love for music, Carter had a stellar relationship with many musicians, inadvertently earning him a few years of relentless tongue-lashing from the public. He was always in the company of musicians like Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and Allman Brothers.
To the people who disliked his relationship with the musical stars, Carte said in the doc: “I was doing what I really believed, and the response I think from the followers of those musicians was much more influential than the people who thought [of] that being inappropriate for a president.”
A winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Carter has remained active in his philanthropic endeavors, despite suffering from ailing health and requiring a brain surgery in November 2019. He has spent decades building homes for Habitat for Humanity and in 2017, he built a 3852-panel solar farm to supply green electricity to his hometown in Plains, Georgia .
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