카터, like many loyal White House staff in the residence, is beloved by former first families. He was one of two White House residence staff members who Melania Trump took with her on her government jet to the funeral in Texas of former first lady Barbara Bush in 2018. The other was retired head Maître D’ George Hainey. Carter and Bush were close, and the Bush family made sure to invite him to the solemn occasion.
Carter was also a wedding guest when both Chelsea Clinton and Jenna Bush got married.
When Donald Trump was president, Trump once held up the start of the annual Congressional Ball at the White House, just so he could be present to sing “Happy Birthday” to Carter as a surprise cake was brought out on the State Floor, a person who attended the event told CNN.
During Bill Clinton’s tenure, Carter was often the first staff member the former President saw each day, as Carter would bring Clinton his morning coffee and newspaper.
A first family’s unique living situation in the White House breeds a special relationship with the 90 or so members of the residence staff — particularly the butlers, who assist them with preparing and serving meals, tidying up, keeping them on task and on time, and fulfilling requests at all times, day and night — and above all else, doing so with discretion.
“Buddy has always been caring and loyal,” one of the people who worked with him said. “And that’s what makes him so special. He’ll be missed.”