Bidens and Obamas Pay Tribute
The Bidens and Obamas have joined in paying heartfelt tributes to former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, expressing their condolences and reflecting on her remarkable life.
In the wake of her passing at the age of 96, the nation mourns a First Lady known for her advocacy and commitment to various causes.
Biden’s Reflection: Rosalynn’s Unique Path
President Joe Biden, a family friend and early supporter of Jimmy Carter’s 1976 presidential campaign, lauded Rosalynn’s individuality, stating that she “walked her own path, inspiring a nation and the world.” He expressed gratitude on behalf of the nation and acknowledged the positive impact Rosalynn had on countless lives.
Obama’s Praise: Legacies Measured in Lives Touched
Former President Barack Obama emphasized the profound impact of Rosalynn Carter’s life, noting that legacies are measured in the lives one touches. He highlighted her dedication to various causes and extended thoughts and prayers to Jimmy Carter and the entire Carter family during this difficult time.
Michelle Obama’s Reflection: A Personal Connection
Former First Lady Michelle Obama shared a poignant reflection on Rosalynn Carter’s role as a mentor during her time in the White House.
She recognized the absence of a handbook for being a First Lady and praised Carter’s understanding of the position. Michelle highlighted Carter’s commitment to mental health care, elder care, and women’s rights.
Memorable Lunches: Rosalynn’s Guidance to Michelle
Michelle Obama shared a touching anecdote about Rosalynn Carter’s visits for lunch during the Obamas’ time in the White House.
Carter offered words of advice and a helping hand, encouraging Michelle to make the role of First Lady her own. Michelle expressed enduring gratitude for Carter’s support and generosity.
Jill Biden’s Condolence: Rosalynn’s Inspirational Path
Current First Lady Jill Biden added her voice, stating that Rosalynn Carter “walked her own path, inspiring a nation and the world.” She offered condolences to the entire Carter family, expressing shared grief over the loss of a beloved figure.
Rosalynn’s Passing: A Life of Service and Advocacy
Rosalynn Carter, wife of former President Jimmy Carter, passed away at the age of 96, two days after entering hospice care and six months after being diagnosed with dementia.
A veteran women’s rights advocate, she leaves behind a legacy of service and compassion.
Longest Married Couple in U.S. Presidential History
Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter, married for 77 years, hold the title of the longest-married couple in U.S. presidential history. They first met when Jimmy was three years old, and their enduring partnership became a symbol of love and support.
Legacy of Advocacy: Rosalynn’s Impact Beyond the White House
Rosalynn Carter’s commitment to mental health care, elder care, and women’s rights extended beyond her time in the White House. As the founder of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers, she continued championing important causes for over four decades.
Condolences and Tributes: Nation Remembers a Philanthropist
Condolences and tributes pour in from various figures, including Senate leader Chuck Schumer, former Vice-President Al Gore, and House minority leader Hakeem Jeffries. The nation remembers Rosalynn Carter as a passionate humanitarian and a champion for people worldwide.
Conclusion: A Lasting Legacy
As the nation mourns the loss of a trailblazing First Lady, the Bidens and Obamas, along with countless others, reflect on Rosalynn Carter’s lasting legacy. The Carter Center has established an online condolence book, and plans for memorial events and funeral ceremonies will be announced in due course.