GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Hundreds of people waited in line Monday afternoon to see former President Jimmy Carter and the former First Lady Rosalynn Carter talk about their work around the world helping to eliminate disease, hunger, and discrimination against woman and the mentally ill.
"Grand Rapids has a special hold on my heart, because I think the finest public servant I've ever known came from Grand Rapids," Carter said. "Gerald Ford was my personal friend."
In Grand Rapids, where residents know how to honor a former first family, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter got a warm welcome from the crowd at Grand Rapids Community College.
"I just admire them for their making this a better place, a better world," said Lupe Ramos-Montigny of the state Board of Education.