12/21/1978 – ‘With Joe Raposo at the White House.’

Given the Muppets’ popularity with young audiences, it was no surprise that Jim and his Sesame Street colleague Joe Raposo were invited to perform at the White House children’s party in 1978. Still, it was a huge honor, and Jim was gratified to be there to perform with Joe. Their hostess, first lady Rosalynn Carter, enjoyed the show, sitting right down on the floor with the children, and she sent Jim warm thanks and a photo of the event. Jim crossed paths just a few days later with the Carters – both Kermit and President Jimmy Carter appeared on the cover of Time magazine the following week.

First Lady Rosalynn Carter’s thank you letter to Jim for his visit to the White House.

First Lady Rosalynn Carter’s thank you letter to Jim for his visit to the White House.

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