Eleanor Rosalynn Carter: First Lady and Leader

“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.”

– Rosalynn Carter

Eleanor Rosalynn Carter is the wife of the 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, and served as the First Lady of the United States from 1977 to 1981. For decades, she has been a leading advocate for numerous causes, perhaps most prominently for mental health research. She was politically active during her White House years, sitting in on Cabinet and policy meetings as well as serving as her husband’s closest adviser. She also served as an envoy abroad, particularly in Latin America.

Rosalynn declared that she had no intention of being a traditional First Lady of the United States. During her husband’s administration, Rosalynn supported her husband’s public policies as well as his social and personal life. To remain fully informed, she sat in on Cabinet meetings at the invitation of the President. The first meeting she attended was on February 28, 1977, where she felt comfortable since she was among other officials that were not members of the unit. The idea for her to be in attendance came from her husband’s suggestion after she started to question him about a news story.

In March 1977, during her first interview since becoming First Lady, Carter outlined her goals in focusing on mental health:

“For every person who needs mental health care to be able to receive it close to his home, and to remove the stigma from mental health care so people will be free to talk about it and seek help. It’s been taboo for so long to admit you had a mental health problem.”

Rosalynn Carter served as an active honorary chair of the President’s Commission on Mental Health. On behalf of the Mental Health System Bill, enacted in 1980, she testified before a Senate committee, the second First Lady to appear before the Congress (the first being Eleanor Roosevelt). Of her priorities, mental health was the highest. Working to change the nature of government assistance to the mentally ill, Carter wanted to allow people to be comfortable admitting their disabilities without fear of being called crazy.

Biography: Hillary Clinton

Hillary (Rodham) Clinton was born in 1947 in Chicago, Illinois to Hugh and Dorothy Rodham, the eldest of three children. She grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois.

Hillary attended Wellesley College and became involved in student politics. She graduated in 1969 and attended Yale Law School. She met Bill Clinton at Yale and graduated Yale in 1973.

Hillary married Bill Clinton in 1975. In 1980 Chelsea was born.

In 1992 her husband was elected president and she became first lady. During this time they invested in the Whitewater real estate project which late became the subject of congressional hearings. In 1998 the White House went through the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal. Despite her husband’s impeachment, he was not convicted and remained in office.

In 1999, Hillary sought and won the New York U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the retiring incumbent. In early 2007, she announced her plans to run for president but when it became apparent she wouldn’t get enough support she withdrew.

Hillary became the secretary of state when she was nominated by Obama. Her leadership went under investigation after an attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed 4. She stepped down February 2013 citing she was only interested in serving one term.

Hillary Rodham Clinton became the 2016 Democratic Nominee in July 2016.

Donald Trump was born in Queens, NY in 1946. He was the fourth of five children born to Frederick and Mary Trump. Frederick was a real estate developer and builder. Donald attended the New York Military Academy when he was 13. He graduated in 1964 and went on to Fordham University. After two years he transferred to the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated in 1968 with a degree in economics.

He worked with his father in the summers while a student in the real estate business. In 1971 he started with building projects in Manhattan when he went off on his own to Manhattan. In 1973 his business practices were called in question and there was a Fair Housing Act complaint against him. It was settled in 1975.

In 1980 he opened the Grand Hyatt. He also acquired property in Atlantic City which eventually became known as Trump Plaza. In 1982, he opened Trump Tower. There are many more holdings and hotels.

In 1999, he formed an exploratory committee to see if he wanted to seek nomination of the Reform Party for the 2000 race. When he had a poor showing in the California primary, he withdrew.

In 2004 he started the series The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice and became famous for the catch-phrase “You’re fired.”

He became the Republican candidate for president on July 19, 2016. He chose Indiana governor Mike Pence as his running mate for Vice President.

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