Headline RoundupNovember 20th, 2023

Friends, Family Reflect on Life, Legacy of Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter

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Friends, family, and colleagues are reflecting on the legacy of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter following her death on Sunday at the age of 96.

Key Quotes: A statement from The Carter Center said Rosalynn Carter “died peacefully, with family by her side.” Former President Jimmy Carter stated, “Rosalynn was my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished. She gave me wise guidance and encouragement when I needed it. As long as Rosalynn was in the world, I always knew somebody loved and supported me.”

“Vital Ingredient”: A writer in USA Today (Lean Left bias) said Rosalynn Carter was a “vital ingredient in her husband’s success as a politician” who “broke new ground as a political partner and established herself as one of the nation’s most influential presidential spouses.” Outlining her work during and after the Carter Administration, from advocating for increased mental health services to her role in fostering the Camp David peace accords between Israel and Egypt, the writer describes Rosalynn Carter as a “compassionate, intuitive and insightful woman. Adventurous, too, and funny.”

“Servant’s Heart”: The Washington Examiner (Lean Right bias) compiled statements from other first ladies and Georgia politicians reflecting on Rosalynn Carter’s legacy. First Lady Jill Biden said Carter was “well-known for her efforts on mental health and caregiving and women's rights.” Former First Lady Melania Trump said, “We will always remember her servant’s heart and devotion to her husband, family, and country. May she rest in peace.”

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