Headline RoundupNovember 28th, 2023

Presidents, First Ladies Attend Memorial Service for Rosalynn Carter

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Presidents, first ladies, family and more gathered in Atlanta on Tuesday for the memorial service of Rosalynn Carter, wife of former President Jimmy Carter, who died last week at the age of 96.

Details: Jimmy Carter, 99, who entered hospice care in February, made a rare public appearance at the service, joined by President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton. First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, former first ladies Melania Trump, Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also attended.

Key Quotes: Carter’s grandson, Jason Carter, thanked the first ladies for attending the service during his tribute, stating, “thank you all for coming and acknowledging this remarkable sisterhood that you share with my grandmother. And thank you all for your leadership that you provided for our country and the world,” adding, “Secretary Clinton and Dr. Biden, we also welcome your lovely husbands.” James Earl “Chip” Carter III, Carter’s son, stated that his mother “was the glue that held our family together through the ups and downs and thicks and thins of our family’s politics,” adding, “She had met kings and queens, presidents, others in authority, powerful corporate leaders and celebrities. She said the people that she felt the most comfortable with and the people she enjoyed being with the most were those that lived in absolute abject poverty.”

How the Media Covered It: Outlets across the spectrum covered the service moderately, noting the rare public appearances of both Jimmy Carter and Melania Trump.

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