Former first lady Rosalynn Carter died Sunday at the age of 96 and the tributes poured in for a woman widely seen as a trailblazer, but Bill Clinton wasn’t so slick with his effort.
Turns out, the 77-year-old former president — or someone on his staff — accidentally released a tribute to Sen. Dianne Feinstein following her death in September.
“Rosalynn Carter was the embodiment of a life lived with purpose. Me and Hillary’s full statement,” read a tweet from Clinton, that included an attached statement that began: “Hillary and I are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend Senator Dianne Feinstein, a pioneering public servant who worked tirelessly on behalf of California and all of America throughout her long career.”
Somebody is getting fired. When your staffer releases the wrong memo.
Seriously- Bill Clinton, 77, accidentally releases tribute to DIANNE FEINSTEIN instead of Rosalynn Carter after Former first lady died aged 96. pic.twitter.com/DhPyB4lruo
— Sassafrass84 (@Sassafrass_84) November 20, 2023
The blunder was soon corrected and a proper statement was released.
“Rosalynn Carter was a compassionate and committed champion of human dignity everywhere,” the updated release said.
“Throughout her long, remarkable life, she was an unwavering voice for the overlooked and underrepresented,” Clinton continued. “Thanks to her mental health advocacy, more people live with better care and less stigma. Because of her early leadership on childhood immunization, millions of Americans have grown up healthier. And through her decades of work at the Carter Center and with Habitat for Humanity, she spread hope, health and democracy across the globe.”
Rosalynn Carter was the embodiment of a life lived with purpose. My and Hillary’s full statement: pic.twitter.com/VJHfc8oLh4
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) November 19, 2023
“Rosalynn will be forever remembered as the embodiment of a life lived with purpose. Hillary and I are deeply grateful for her extraordinary service to our nation and world, and for more than 40 years of friendship. Our prayers are with President Carter, Jack, Chip, Jeff, Amy, and the entire Carter family,” he concluded.
Mrs. Carter, who was diagnosed with dementia six months ago, passed away two days after she entered hospice care. Married to former President Jimmy Carter for 77 years, Rosalynn died Sunday afternoon in Plains, Georgia, with her family at her side. She is survived by her children, Jack, Chip, Jeff, and Amy, plus 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
“Rosalynn was my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished,” the 99-year-old former president said in a statement, following her death. “She gave me wise guidance and encouragement when I needed it. As long as Rosalynn was in the world, I always knew somebody loved and supported me.”
As might be expected, Slick Willy was ridiculed online for the embarrassing mistake… here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from X:
— Victoria (@LovingTrumpMAGA) November 20, 2023
It’s difficult to select the right text when you’ve got an intern under your desk.
— 1 pi$$ed off Otto Werkr (@OttoWerkr) November 20, 2023
Copy and paste in haste
— Saundeesay (@saundeesay) November 20, 2023
Copy/Pasted condolence statements work better when you update the name of the deceased.
— Chris Miller (@Wheelman_666) November 20, 2023
I bet they get more than fired pic.twitter.com/VzPBFeLrky
— Just G (@blondegina) November 20, 2023
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