White House Butler William ‘Buddy’ Carter Retires After 47 Years and Serving 10 Presidential Administrations

William “Buddy” Carter is pictured here on April 5, 2002. Carter retiring after serving as a White House butler for nearly 50 years. (Tina Hager / White House via National Archives)

A beloved White House butler who has served 10 presidential administrations during his career is retiring after 47 years.

William “Buddy” Carter is wrapping up nearly five decades of working at the Blair House and the White House at the end of this week, according to CNN.

Former first lady Michelle Obama thanked Carter for all his service by sharing a photo on Instagram Friday of her and former President Barack Obama with Carter from their eight-year stint in the White House.


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//www.instagram.com/embed.js“William ‘Buddy’ Carter is retiring after 47 years as a butler at the White House and the Blair House,” she wrote in the photo caption. “Barack and I are so grateful to have had his warmth, charm, and dignity by our side for eight of those years. He was always someone we could count on, without fail, and as time went on, he became an extension of our own family. Congratulations, Buddy, on nearly a half-century of extraordinary service to First Families and our country.”

The current occupants of the White House, President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden, also thanked Carter for his service.

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SOURCE: TODAY, Scott Stump