Updated Nov 19, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Bidens remember Rosalynn Carter for "inspiring a nation and the world"

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter (C) walks US President Joe Biden and US first lady Dr. Jill Biden out after they after visited former US President Jimmy Carter, April 29, 2021, in Plains, Georgia.

First lady Jill Biden, Rosalynn Carter and President Biden at the former first lady's home with former President Jimmy Carter in Plains, Georgia, in April 2021. Photo: Brendan Smialowski /AFP via Getty Images

President Biden and Jill Biden paid tribute to Rosalynn Carter, who died on Sunday at 96 years old, for doing "so much to address many of society's greatest needs."

The big picture: They noted in their Sunday evening statement their enduring friendship with the former first lady and President Carter that grew after Joe Biden, then a Delaware senator, became the first elected official outside of Georgia to endorse the state's then-governor for president in 1976.

  • "Time and time again, during the more than four decades of our friendship — through rigors of campaigns, through the darkness of deep and profound loss — we always felt the hope, warmth, and optimism of Rosalynn Carter. She will always be in our hearts," the president and first lady said.

What else they're saying: Rosalynn Carter "walked her own path, inspiring a nation and the world along the way," the Bidens said.

  • "She was a champion for equal rights and opportunities for women and girls; an advocate for mental health and wellness for every person; and a supporter of the often unseen and uncompensated caregivers of our children, aging loved ones, and people with disabilities," the president and first lady continued.
  • "Above all, the deep love shared between Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter is the definition of partnership, and their humble leadership is the definition of patriotism. She lived her life by her faith," they added.
  • "On behalf of a grateful nation, we send our love to President Carter, the entire Carter family, and the countless people across our nation and the world whose lives are better, fuller, and brighter because of the life and legacy of Rosalynn Carter."

Flashback: Biden arrives at Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter's home in Georgia

Editor's note: This article has been updated with more context.

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