Rosalynn Carter: ‘The Best Part’ Ended. Then Came the White House.

Highlights from her autobiography

Tucker Lieberman
6 min readNov 20, 2023

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Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter waving to a crowd from the top of the steps of an airplane as they depart Ronald Reagan’s inauguration in 1981. He’s wearing a dark suit. She’s wearing a soft white coat with a matching belt wrapped around it. They’re smiling.
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter departing Reagan’s 1981 inauguration. NARA & DVIDS Public Domain Archive

Rosalynn Carter, former First Lady of the United States, died today at age 96. In her 1984 autobiography, First Lady from Plains, she recalled:

“With Jimmy’s [1977] inaugural, we hoped to set a tone for an open, inclusive administration, one that would focus on all kinds…

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Tucker Lieberman

Editor for Prism & Pen. Author of the novel "Most Famous Short Film of All Time." https://tuckerlieberman.com/