Garth Brooks on Jimmy Carter’s Legacy: ‘Nobody Cares About ‘Republican’ or ‘Democrat’ in Heaven’
Garth Brooks is singing the praises of President Jimmy Carter, days after the 95-year-old brushed off a serious fall at home in Georgia to travel to Nashville for a Habitat for Humanity build.
Carter suffered a fall on Sunday (Oct. 6) that left him with a black eye and 14 stitches, and Habitat for Humanity CEO Jonathan Reckford tells Yahoo! News that he was very concerned. Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, were slated to travel to Nashville for a build involving longtime Habitat for Humanity supporters Brooks and his wife Trisha Yearwood, and Reckford recounts, "Then I got a note from him saying, ‘Of course I'm coming to build.’ And I rode up with him on Sunday, and he's great. He gave devotions [Monday], he was amazing at our opening, and he built yesterday and is behind us building today. So, he said that he wasn't going to let a few stitches get in the way of his coming out to help.”
“You don't expect anything different from the man,” Brooks observes. “He’s just one of those guys, and Ms. Rosalynn's the same way. They're just those people that you just have to be around to actually believe it.”
Homeowners will work with the Carters, Brooks and Yearwood and hundreds of other volunteers to build 21 new single-family homes in Nashville this week. 12 more single-family homes and 26 new townhomes are slated for Nashville by 2021. Brooks and Reckford say that in a time when political divisions seem as wide as they've ever been in America, the Carters are role models for how we all ought to live and treat one another.
“What the Carters stand for is what we should all shoot for as human beings," Brooks reflects. "Please forget ‘Republican’ or ‘Democrat.’ What they are standing for is as human beings. If we're going to get anywhere as a human race, this is the path we want to follow. So anything keeping any kind of light on that path and those two people's dreams, then count us in."
“You've got to understand that when you get to heaven, nobody cares about ‘Republican’ or ‘Democrat’ in heaven at all. ‘Welcome to heaven. This is it,’” he states with a gesture toward the build site. “You don't care who's on the other end of that board that's helping you carry it. You don't care the color of their skin, their sexual preference, their religious preference. It doesn't matter. You're all here to build a house for someone who needs it. Usually for a young lady and her babies, or a family that needs it. So this is way, way, way beyond any political agenda at all.”
Brooks still has two years to go on his Stadium Tour, with more dates to be announced.
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