(Patriot.Buzz) – BREAKING NEWS ALERT: Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter has died at the age of 96.
According to The Washington Times:
“Former first lady Rosalynn Carter, the closest adviser to Jimmy Carter during his one term as U.S. president and their four decades thereafter as global humanitarians, has died at the age of 96.
“The Carter Center said she died Sunday after living with dementia and suffering many months of declining health.
“The Carters were married for more than 77 years, forging what they both described as a ‘full partnership.’ Unlike many previous first ladies, Rosalynn sat in on Cabinet meetings, spoke out on controversial issues and represented her husband on foreign trips. Aides to President Carter sometimes referred to her — privately — as ‘co-president.’”
Speaking of her time in the White House, the Times notes:
“Throughout her husband’s political career, she chose mental health and problems of the elderly as her signature policy emphasis. When the news media didn’t cover those efforts as much as she believed was warranted, she criticized reporters for writing only about “sexy subjects.”
“As honorary chairwoman of the President’s Commission on Mental Health, she once testified before a Senate subcommittee, becoming the first First Lady since Eleanor Roosevelt to address a congressional panel. She was back in Washington in 2007 to push Congress for improved mental health coverage, saying, ‘We’ve been working on this for so long, it finally seems to be in reach.’”
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