The rumors of Willie Nelson smoking marijuana on the top of the White House have been tossed around for years. It’s one of the most profound legends in music history, and it turns out it’s all true.
In Willie Nelson’s 1988 autobiography, Nelson wrote that he had once smoked a joint on the rooftop of the White House with President Jimmy Carter’s son. Now, the former president himself has confirmed this as true, according to recent news publications.
There is a newly released documentary, titled Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President showcasing how Carter embraced music alongside politics. The doc highlights his friendships with Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and even the Allmans.
Chip Carter, Jimmy Carter’s son who had passed the joint with Willie, stated he went on the roof on September 13th, 1980 with Nelson to light one up.
“We just kept going up ’til we got to the roof, where we leaned against the flagpole at the top of the place and lit one up.’ If you know Washington, the White House is the hub of the spokes — the way it was designed. Most of the avenues run into the White House. You could sit up and could see all the traffic coming right at you. It’s a nice place up there.”