As news of former first lady Rosalynn Carter’s death continues to spread, many political leaders are turning to social media to honor her legacy.
Former President Jimmy Carter’s wife died Sunday at age 96 at her home in Plains, Georgia, surrounded by her family.
President Biden spoke about the former first lady during a stop in Norfolk, Virginia, on Sunday, but there appeared to be some confusion among the commander-in-chief.
“Today she was placed on hospice. I was on the phone with her family and I was talking to her grandson,” Biden said. “You know, they’re a really great family because they’ve brought so much to the office.”
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter dies at 96
The president said he spoke with a family spokesperson and was told that all family members, children and grandchildren, were with Jimmy Carter.
Biden said in a public statement that Carter “walked his own path and inspired the nation and the world in the process.”
“She is a champion of equal rights and opportunities for women and girls, a champion of mental health and wellness for all, and a champion of invisible health for children, elderly loved ones, and people with disabilities. They supported those in their care without being paid,” the President said.
Former President Donald Trump called Carter a “great humanitarian” and, like others, acknowledged the longevity of their 77-year marriage.
“During her nearly century-long life, Rosalynn Carter earned the admiration and gratitude of an entire nation,” President Trump said. “From her time as a spouse in the U.S. Navy, to her service in the Georgia Governor’s Mansion, to her tenure as First Lady of the United States, to her subsequent work at the Carter Center and volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity. She left an extraordinary mark and national service.”
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Former first lady Michelle Obama said that Carter’s role, which is “not even an official position,” has no playbook, comes with verbal and unspoken expectations that provide some structure, and is “shaped primarily by passion.” He recalled that he was a person who had a good understanding of and the aspirations of those who have it. ”
Michelle said that when the Obamas were in the White House, Carter “occasionally” accompanied them to lunch, offered words of advice and “always” offered a helping hand.
“She reminded me to own the role of first lady, just as she did,” President Obama said. “I will continue to be grateful for her support and generosity. Today, Barack and I honor her as a first lady, philanthropist, and advocate who dedicated her life to uplifting others. Together with the world, we celebrate his wonderful achievements.”
Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton paid tribute to Carter, calling her a compassionate and dedicated defender of human dignity.
“Throughout her long and remarkable life, she has been a steadfast advocate for the overlooked and undervalued. Thanks to her mental health advocacy, more people can receive better care and reduce stigma.” living,” the former First Family wrote. “Thanks to her early leadership in childhood immunizations, millions of Americans grew up healthier; and through her decades of work at the Carter Center and Habitat for Humanity, She spread hope, health, and democracy around the world.”
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Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush said they were saddened by Carter’s passing.
“She was a woman of dignity and strength,” the statement said. “President Carter could not have asked for a better champion. Their partnership served as a great example of loyalty and fidelity. She left an important legacy with her work to eliminate the stigma of mental health.”
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said he and his family mourned Carter’s death along with all Georgians and the nation.
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“A proud native Georgian, she had an indelible impact on our state and nation as First Lady of both countries,” Kemp said. “Together with her husband, she championed mental health services and promoted the state she loved around the world. Their 77 years of marriage are a testament to their enduring partnership. Similarly, her legacy will stand the test of time and will continue to be celebrated by those who knew her best.”
Georgia Sen. Jon Ossoff offered his “deepest condolences” to Carter’s family in a statement Sunday, saying her life’s work and dedication to public service changed many lives.
“Among her many accomplishments, Rosalynn Carter will be remembered for her compassionate personality and passion for women’s rights, human rights, and mental health reform,” Ossoff said. “Georgia and America are a better place because of Rosalynn Carter.”
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First Lady Dr. Jill Biden recalled Mr. Carter’s “unwavering dedication” to mental health care and the important role of caregivers in American lives.
“Her death is a moment of great sadness. I want everyone to know that my thoughts and sympathies are with you and your family during this difficult time,” the current first lady said. “In moments of sadness such as these, may we find solace in the enduring grace and strength that First Lady Rosalynn Carter embodies. Her legacy serves as a source of inspiration and a more compassionate, understanding It will remind us to strive for a world where there is.”
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Former first lady Melania Trump said in a post on X (formerly Twitter) that Carter left a meaningful legacy not only as first lady, but also as a wife and mother.
“We will always remember her servant’s heart and her dedication to her husband, family and country,” Trump said. “Rest in peace.”
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New York Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul, Senator Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.), and Representative Hakeem Jeffries (DN.Y.) all expressed their condolences to the former first lady over the X incident. “America has lost a passionate person,” Schumer said. A humanitarian and an advocate for people around the world. ”
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The Atlanta Braves also paid tribute to Carter, saying they were “deeply saddened by the passing of humanitarian and former first lady Rosalynn Carter.”