Garth Brooks on Rosalynn Carter’s Passing: ‘A Light Has Gone’
Garth Brooks held a Nashville press conference at his new bar, “Friends In Low Places,” this morning (11/20), which will have what he calls a “soft open” on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, where he will perform.
We asked Garth his thoughts on the passing of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, who passed away yesterday (11/19) at her home in Plains, Georgia, at the age of 96. According to a press statement from The Carter Center, she died peacefully, with family by her side, at her home in Georgia. She was surrounded by her family and husband, President Carter.
Brooks and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, have spent a lot of time with the Carters in the last several years, helping the first couple build houses for Habitat for Humanity.
Garth got emotional when he told us of the former First Lady, “This is gonna be tough. President Carter calls Miss Yearwood his second favorite, Georgia Peach, so all I can think about, like everyone else in this room, is President Carter. You don’t say one without the other.”
He searched for the words, adding, “It’s tough. Miss Yearwood called her (Rosalynn) a quiet warrior. If you ever got to hang around her, President Carter always steals the show, and then when it comes time to hear her speak, she will walk to the mic, and you watch her; she won’t say anything for a few seconds. That’s how she was.”
Brooks continued, “Then you just watch the crowd start to lean in, and then what she says is very quiet but yet very powerful. And what she taught Miss Yearwood and what she teaches us all: the lion doesn’t have to roar, and your statement doesn’t have to be more than a few words to get your point across. She was great at that, and everyone loved her for that.”
Garth noted, “A light has gone out that shines on how we should treat each other, but if we all pick that light up, maybe that light can grow instead of disappear.”
Mrs. Carter was married for 77 years to Jimmy Carter. Carter was the 39th president of the United States and the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize recipient. He is now 99 years old. Mrs. Carter championed mental health, caregiving, and women’s rights.