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This Day in Georgia History

October 02, 1976

Mrs. Talmadge Hosted Fund Raiser

Betty Talmadge, then wife of Georgia senator Herman Talmadge, hosted Rosalynn Carter, Joan Mondale (wife of vice-presidential candidate Walter Mondale), and other Democratic notables at a fund-raising picnic at her Lovejoy Plantation near Jonesboro, Georgia. Mrs. Talmadge served a healthy portion of cheese grits to Mrs. Mondale, who had previously said she would “draw the line at eating grits.” But Mrs. Mondale forked them down for photographers, then turned to Mrs. Talmadge and said “these are really good.” To which Mrs. Talmadge replied “of course they are!”