President Joe Biden expressed his admiration for Rosalynn Carter, former first lady and global humanitarian, as he boarded Air Force One. He praised her integrity and grace, and spoke with the family who informed him that Jimmy Carter was surrounded by loved ones in his time of grief.
The White House released an official joint statement from President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, highlighting Carter’s advocacy for equal rights, mental health, and caregivers. Former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush acknowledged Carter’s dignity and strength, emphasizing her contribution to destigmatizing mental health.
U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff of Georgia lauded Carter’s compassionate nature and dedication to women’s rights, human rights, and mental health reform. Former President Donald Trump also recognized Carter’s accomplishments, acknowledging her extraordinary service throughout her life.
Former First Lady Melania Trump praised Carter’s servant’s heart and devotion to her family and country. Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described Carter as a saintly and revered public servant driven by faith, compassion, and kindness.
Pelosi commended Carter’s diplomatic mission to Latin America, which led to a new era of engagement in the region, and her groundbreaking speech at the World Health Organization on the importance of mental health. Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton credited Carter with championing human dignity and improving mental health care.
They also highlighted her early leadership on childhood immunization and her extensive work with the Carter Center and Habitat for Humanity. Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens praised Carter as a role model for modern first ladies and commended her commitment to mental health awareness and the Equal Rights Amendment.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama expressed her gratitude for Carter’s support and advice during their lunches at the White House, emphasizing the importance of making the role of First Lady one’s own. Habitat for Humanity, the charity that the Carters tirelessly supported, expressed their sadness at Rosalynn Carter’s passing.
They described her as a compassionate and committed champion and acknowledged her dedication to helping families worldwide. U.S. Rep. Nikema Williams, the chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia, stated that Georgia Democrats and the entire state mourn the loss of Rosalynn Carter, praising her as an extraordinary humanitarian and mental health advocate.
The Carter Center, co-founded by Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter, mourned her passing and acknowledged her partnership with President Carter in their global efforts to strengthen democracy, resolve conflicts, advance human rights, and combat diseases.
In memory of Carter, the family requested contributions to be made to the Carter Center’s Mental Health Program or the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers.
In conclusion, Rosalynn Carter’s legacy will forever be remembered with pride and admiration by her home state of Georgia and the nation as a whole.