Remarks of the First Lady at the Gridiron Dinner, (24 March 1979) Washington, D.C.

“Remarks of the First Lady at the Gridiron Dinner” delivered March 24, 1979, Carter, Rosalynn (1927- )

This copy-text was generated from an original manuscript of the speech located in “Remarks of the First Lady at the Gridiron Dinner: March 24, 1979,” Speechwriters Subject File (Atlanta, GA: Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, 1979). This speech was recovered by Shawn J. Parry-Giles, University of Maryland.

Portions of the speech are also published in Helen Thomas and Baine Kerr, Thanks for the Memories, Mr. President: Wit and Wisdom from the Front Row at the White House (New York: Lisa Drew/Scribner, 2002), 123-124; Diane M. Blair and Shawn J. Parry-Giles, “Rosalynn Carter, Crafting a Presidential Partnership Rhetorically,” in Inventing a Voice: The Rhetoric of American First Ladies of the Twentieth Century, ed. Molly Meijer Werthheimer (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2004), 341-363; and Charles B. Seib, “Gridiron: Mixed Review,” Washington Post, March 30, 1979, A23.

Mrs. Carter’s remarks contained double quotations at the beginning and the end. We have removed those and have replaced single quotation marks with double quotation marks to delineate where the article suggests that Mrs. Carter is quoting content from someone else. We have retained the paragraph structure and punctuation of the original manuscript.

The text of this edition has been thoroughly checked and proofread for accuracy. Paragraph numbers have been added in brackets.