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Who is your favorite First Lady of all time?

We have discussed favorite presidents but what about first ladies?  Do you have a favorite?

 

Here are 9 unique first ladies discussed by AARP http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/history/info-2016/first-ladies-women-who-called-the-white-house...

 

Is one of these your favorite?

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I have been a member of AARP for many many years probably longer then you, I only say something when things and opinions I write are attacked as I did answer the question at first and was attacked so go back to them and tell them your story
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Wow, sounds like some one has a crush on a bad First Lady - theropy might be in your future, wow what a way to live. 

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My favorite lady is Mitchell Obama.

she is brilliant, authentic, beautiful and classic. She brought dignity to the White House. She reminded the nation the White House was ‘  the People’s House’ and opened the doors for all to visit. She even created a garden in the highest office on the land and the world. O boy , what an exampler. She cooked, she entertained and she nurtured her family. Her dressing was modest and real. She exemplified what a true family should be to the world. Mitchell will remain my Hero for many years to come.

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Michelle - please come back - we miss you!!

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Just name your favorite first lady and leave out the politics. I don't need to know who believes in the Easter Bunny. Not all liberals are bleeding hearts, but they do have a sense of social right and wrong. The bleeding hearts get carried away.

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I think there are too many unkind, partisan answers listed here.  This doesn't need to be answered along political lines.  To do so is kind of being limited in thought.

 

Michele Obama was a gracious first lady--polite, great wife/mother/friend/daughter...which all make her a wonderful, exemplary person.  However, she did not do anything extraordinary as a first lady...except to be a good person, set a good example as a good person, etc.  NOTHING wrong with that.  However, she will not go down in history as accomplishing anything noteworthy.  The fascinations with the Obamas is well-founded--amazing people--just not going to hold up to historical scrutiny outside of 1 or 2 events (healthcare (falling apart/failing) and the much-needed support of the LGBTQ community).  I think to be listed as a BEST first lady, Michele would have had to contributed more to the country on her own, like Eleanor Roosevelt, Dolly Madison, etc.  

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Nancy Reagan. It started the D.A.R.E. program. 

 

Laura Lane. No child left behind.

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This is a very tough question. For me, this is a three way tie at the top. Those top three first ladies are Eleanor Roosevelt, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama.

 

Eleanor Roosevelt was FDR's "legs" as well as his conscience. During his administration she travelled throughout the country, meeting ordinary people and taking that information back to FDR. She stood up for civil rights when it was unpopular. The black opera singer Marian Anderson was to give a concert at the DAR Hall in Washington DC in the spring of 1939. But the Daughters of the American Revolution withdrew the invitation on racial grounds because Marian Anderson was black. Eleanor Roosevelt resigned her membership in the DAR and convinced her husband to open up the Lincoln Memorial and provide security and funding for a free concert at the Lincoln Memorial. The concert was a smash hit with much more people in attendance than could have seen it in the DAR Hall. 

 

After FDR's death in 1945, Eleanor Roosevelt was named by President Truman as the Ambassador to the United Nations. She was well respected throughout the world and was active until her death in 1962. She lived on the grounds of the Hyde Park estate until her death. Back in 2013, I visited the FDR museum and residence at Hyde Park and it was a fascinating visit. It is well worth a visit if anyone is in the Hudson Valley region north of New York city. 

 

Hillary Clinton will come very close in history as one of the greatest First Ladies. Not only was she an active partner as far as influencing her husband during his presidency, but she went on to have a good career after Bill Clinton's presidency ended. She served eight years as a United States Senator from New York where she earned a lot of respect by other senators from both parties. Contrary to what was said duing her 2016 campaign for President, she actually got many bills through on a bi-partisan vote in the Senate. Then she served four years as Secretary of State under President Obama. She earned a lot of respect by foreign leaders as Secretary of State. She also showed that she was a very strong person by enduring almost constant investigations by vengeful Republicans throughout her political life. But none of those investigations ever revealed any wrongdoing on her part. 

 

No doubt Michelle Obama will have a post first lady career similar to Hilary Clinton's. That remains to be seen. But during her husband's admistration, she supported many worthy causes of her own and supported her husband as President. She made childhood obesity and health a major concern. As First Lady, she gave grace and dignity to her husband's administration. Like Hilary Clinton, Michelle Obama was well respected by foreign leaders. 

 

BTW, there is a National First Ladies Historic Site that is administered by the National Park Service in downtown Canton Ohio. Canton is also the home of the tomb of our nation's 25th President, William McKinley. He was from Canton. Here is a link to this National First Ladies Historic Site: https://www.nps.gov/fila/index.htm

 

The first president to refer to his wife as the "First Lady" was President Rutherford B Hayes. His residence, museum and library is located in Fremont Ohio about half way between Cleveland and Toledo. Rutherford Hayes served only one term as President from 1877 until 1881 and was a Republican. His wife, Lucy Webb Hayes was the first presidential wife to have a college degree. She received a degree as a teacher from Ohio Wesleyan College in Delaware Ohio. She was also referred to as "lemonade Lucy" because she did not serve any alcoholic beverages in the White House. Here is a link to the Rutherford Hayes Museum and Library http://www.rbhayes.org/

 

If anyone ever finds themselves in northern Ohio, these places are well worth a visit. 

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Absolutely! My hero.
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A tie ----Hillary Clinton (my choice due more because for her service to our country after the White House)  Michelle Obama (for her service while first lady and what, I hope, she will  contribute after the White House)      Hillary, Michelle -- Thank you.

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Ok, I wasn't yet born when Franklin Roosevelt was in office (I was born during the Eisenhower administration), but history has taught me Eleanor paved the way for future, "involved" first ladies.

In the age where money/status married money/status, she made the best of her marriage and dutifully stood by her husband. Eleanor remained strong publicly while suffering much privately, but she was able to carve a life of her own, most notably for her support on human rights issues.  

 

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My favorite is Michelle Obama! Why? She is sooo 'real'!!!!  And has great arms, wish mine would look that good, I do the same exercises she does & can't get that look, hmm.....Woman Wink

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I have always admired both Barbara and Laura Bush because of their support of Reading is Fundemental and education.  However, Michelle is a shinning star. She is a role model like Oprah, a women for every young Black girl around the world. 

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Mrs Carter

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@mi2752 wrote:

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In my lifetime Ladybird has had the most impact..i think..and michele O exemplified a working class dream..done with grace, no snobery.

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Dolly Madison.  How about that ice cream!

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Sara Lee, how about those cakes?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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Michelle Obama is definitely my favorite First Lady.

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Hillary Clinton is my favorite First Lady after Michelle Obama.

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My favorite first lady was Jackie Kennedy.  I was 13 when President Kennedy was assassinated and watched the news every chance I got.  She was a strong lady, with class and graciousness.  I watched that lady in her pink suit with blood all over it stand in shock as she stood next to Lyndon Johnson being inaugurated as the new president while her life as the first lady ended and her husband as the first Roman Catholic lay dead in a hospital.  She did very well as a first lady, and a mother but got a little off track when she married Arie Onasis.  But we all make mistakes.  She had a life full of losses, but always maintained her status.  I wanted to be like her - not in loss and grief, but in style, class, and American's first lady.  She was something else.

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First Lady. Obama, Kennedy, Clinton and Laura Bush, these 4 had much grace and love of family and country.
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Very well said. I was 15 when Pres. Kennedy was assassinated and I remember how she walked near the casket in that funeral procession. Our whole family wept. It was a sad day in our country's history. I don't think we actually saw it in color, however, because our TV was in black and white in those days. Although some people may have had color TVs. I agree Jackie Kennedy was a great First Lady and certainly deserves admiration by all Americans.
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The best !!!  Both Bush wives.  A tie. 

Graciousness ... mixed with influence and support of the Pres is what First Ladies need to do and be. Most others were mediocre.  Hillary was the worst.  Michelle not much better. 

(Partisanship of these comments is a coincidence.)          

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@jp6406 wrote:

The best !!!  Both Bush wives.  A tie. 

Graciousness ... mixed with influence and support of the Pres is what First Ladies need to do and be. Most others were mediocre.  Hillary was the worst.  Michelle not much better. 

(Partisanship of these comments is a coincidence.)          


Yes but only Dubya's wife killed a fellow teenager in high school. Almost no contribution to America other than designer clothes. Pity. 

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Abagail Adams for her strong views against slavery and her conviction to live her views by barring other presidents from entering her home if they owned slaves.  

 

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Michele Obama.  She had it all.  Highly educated from top institutions.  Great fashion sense. Wonderful mother. Born in the United States so she did not have to enter illegally and  she never killed anyone in high school like some first ladies. 

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Eleanor Roosevelt and Michelle Obama for their intellectual capacites and quality of character.

 

 

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mrs obama the best
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Hard to choose. I would have to say both Laura Bush and Michelle Obama were.

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