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'Whatever happened to...?' Amy Carter

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She was 9 when her parents moved into the White House in January 1977. When she invited friends to summer slumber parties in a treehouse built on the South Lawn, Secret Service agents were posted on the ground below.

Amy Carter did not receive the same "media hands-off" treatment that the Clintons insisted upon for their daughter, Chelsea. The fact that Amy went to public school, her views on nuclear disarmament, and the time she was seen to be reading a book at the table during a state dinner were all subjects of media stories. (Some furor attended the "reading at the table" incident, which some saw as an affront to foreign guests.)

The Carters left the White House after one term. Six years after that, in 1987, Ms. Carter went to Brown University, where she again stepped into the media limelight. This time it was for her arrest during student protests against United States policies in South Africa (then under apartheid) and Central America. The charges against her were later dropped.

Carter went on to pursue a master's degree in art history at Tulane University in New Orleans. There she met James Wentzel, a computer consultant, whom she married in 1996.

Today, Amy Carter (she kept her name) lives a quiet life in Atlanta with her husband and seven-month-old son, Hugo James Wentzel. She declines to be interviewed. She is a board member at the Carter Center, the human rights and diplomacy center established by her father.

Carter also illustrated a children's book, "The Little Baby Snoogle-Fleejer," (Times Books, 1995), written by her famous father.

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