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WATCH: Judy Woodruff shares personal memories of Rosalynn Carter during tribute at memorial service

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Woodruff began by thanking the many dignitaries attending the ceremony, including President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State State Hillary Clinton and former first lady Laura Bush, Michelle Obama and Melania Trump.

As first lady, Carter participated in Cabinet meetings and helped influence domestic and foreign policy, as well as advocating for issues she cares about, such as healthcare, Woodruff said. This topic closely matched Woodruff’s experience, she noted, as the mother of a disabled son.

As a political reporter, Woodruff covered the Carters during his years as governor of Georgia, his campaign for president and the White House. If Carter hadn’t been elected, Woodruff said, she and her husband Al Hunt probably never would have married.

During his first campaign for president, Woodruff said, a reporter asked how Carter could maintain such a busy schedule. Carter responded that if her husband lost, at least she would have no regrets.

“It explains to me why she did so much, worked so hard throughout her life, in the White House and in the many years before and since, advocating for the rights of the underserved, helping the most vulnerable, doing whatever was necessary. She could improve the lives of others: so she would have no regrets for not having done everything in her power,” Woodruff said.

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