Elizabeth Edwards' Legacy Remembered

Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, bloggers, and regular people comment on Elizabeth Edwards' passing.

Elizabeth Edwards’ Legacy Remembered

Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, bloggers, and regular people comment on Elizabeth Edwards’ passing.

-Libby Keatinge

Elizabeth Edwards

Elizabeth Edwards meant many things to many different people. Although the final days of her life may have been painful, her legacy is remembered in beautiful words by all types of people: politicians, celebrities, writers, and regular people who were touched by her passing.

President Barack Obama reached out to the Edwards family. “This afternoon I spoke to Cate Edwards and John Edwards, and offered our family’s condolences. I came to know and admire Elizabeth over the course of the presidential campaign. She was a tenacious advocate for fixing our health care system and fighting poverty, and our country has benefited from the voice she gave to the cause of building a society that lifts up all those left behind,” he said.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, one of Elizabeth’s estranged husband John Edwards’ rivals for the Democratic nomination in 2008, said the country “has lost a passionate advocate for building a more humane and just society.”

Her husband, former President Bill Clinton also chimed in saying, “With the passing of Elizabeth Edwards, America has lost a symbol of strength, hope, and humanity. Her children have lost a loving mother, her friends a wise counselor. My prayers are with them.”

A Washington Post political blogger, Ezra Klein, pointed out the warm nature of Elizabeth’s personality, when he recounted meeting her at a dinner party where they had a poignant discussion about healthcare and pointed out that her effort in healthcare reform, “…and not marital betrayal, or even cancer — is Elizabeth Edwards’s legacy. It may not be how she’s remembered, and it may not be what leads her obituaries, but it’s what she did.”

Many women felt connected to Elizabeth as a hardworking woman, mother and wife who endured painful struggles: the loss of a child, breast cancer, or an unfaithful husband.

Mary Anne Landers wrote on BettyConfidential’s Facebook page, “Rest in peace, Elizabeth Edwards. And thank you for inspiring us with your strength, courage, devotion, and dignity. You live on in the hearts of all who knew you, and millions who did not.”

Resa Miller also wrote in on our Facebook page, saying, “Her strength and courage was such an inspiration. She will be missed. Rest in Peace, Elizabeth.”

Diane Rothschild Fond commented, “I feel so saddened by the loss of a wonderful Mom,wife and human being. You were an inspiration to millions and lived your life with such dignity and love. Your children will have amazing memories of their mother and you will be with your son again. Rest in Peace. A donation will be made to Wade’s charity in your memory or I should say honor.”

Whether for her contributions to politics, her struggles as a woman, heartache as a mother, and betrayal as a wife, Elizabeth Edwards is remembered by many around the planet.

Libby Keatinge is a senior editor at BettyConfidential

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  1. She remains a symbol, to all betrayed wives, of rising above what was done “to” us and facing heartbreak with grace, strength and integrity. She also reminds all of us that we are more than simply a betrayed wife. So, so much more.

  2. It disgusts me that this beautiful woman left this world in such physical and emotional pain. It will be something John Edwards will have to live with the rest of his life. As they say, the good die young.

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