Former President George W. Bush praises former First Lady Rosalynn Carter

 November 21, 2023

Americans were saddened this past weekend to learn that former First Lady Rosalynn Carter passed away at the age of 96.

While Mrs. Carter was a lifelong Democrat, tributes to the former first lady didn't just come from members of her own party as former President George W. Bush also paid his respects. 

"She was a woman of dignity and strength"

"We are saddened by the passing of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. She was a woman of dignity and strength," Bush said in a joint statement issued with his wife, former First Lady Laura Bush.

"There was no greater advocate of President Carter, and their partnership set a wonderful example of loyalty and fidelity," Mr. and Mrs. Bush continued.

"She leaves behind an important legacy in her work to destigmatize mental health. We join our fellow citizens in sending our condolences to President Carter and their family," they concluded.

Former First Lady Melania Trump praises Carter's "meaningful legacy"

The Bushes were hardly alone in remembering Mrs. Carter, as former First Lady Melania Trump spoke up about her passing as well.

"Rosalynn Carter leaves behind a meaningful legacy not only as First Lady but as a wife and mother," Mrs. Trump said of her fellow former First Lady.

"We will always remember her servant’s heart and devotion to her husband, family, and country. May she rest in peace," Mrs. Trump declared.

Bush participated in Ninth annual Warrior Ride

While former President Bush has kept a relatively low profile since leaving the White House almost a decade and a half ago, he did make another public appearance earlier this month.

Fox News reported that the former president got on a bike at his Crawford, Texas ranch and participated in the ninth annual Warrior Ride.

"Veterans Day is important," Bush told Fox News on November 10. "I try to symbolize that by hanging out with veterans."

"And riding mountain bikes with veterans is really fun, and really thrilling," Bush said of the 43-mile ride, adding, "And they're good people."

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