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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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Michelle Obama is my favorite.  Since I have been voting, she has left an impression on my life and my family of genuine care, consist messaging, transparency of being who she is as Michelle and not as the wife of the President.  A fashion icon, for J. Crew, Target, Old Navy, just to name a few that I can offer to buy.  Miss her terribly.

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I agree. Michelle Obama is my favorite First Lady.
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All the First Ladies I remember were quite good. 

 

Eleanor Roosevelt came to mind as a top choice, but I'll judge those I've seen first hand - from Jackie O. to Melania Trump.

 

My vote goes to Nancy Reagan. I thought she and Ronald Reagan made a good team - President / First Lady as well as husband / wife. 

 

I have two DVDs I have yet to watch. One is called "Killing Reagan", and the other "Jackie" starring Natalie Portman. Maybe I'll get a better insight as to what they went through.

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Barbara Bush

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Indeed, Barbara Bush! She was so real,nothing fake!

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Great lady as was Laura Bush.
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Michelle Obama is my favorite First Lady. She was reachable and took such interest is so many different things. I loved how she and Jill Biden fought for improvements in how the military and their families were treated. We were so lucky to have both of them.

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My favorite first lady is Michelle Obama.
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I think Laura Bush is such a classy First Lady. She accomplished so much for women, especially in depressed countries. And even after leaving the White House she continues to do so. It is a calling not just a job when in the White House. 

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My favorite is Michelle Obama the beauty and grace that she displayed and still displays is an example for all of us. She so deeply cares about people . Her speeches always make me cry and laugh with her. To have her represent my country was such a blessing.

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Sincerity, finess, compassion and class define MIchelle Obama.
Miss her and the fine example she set.
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Michele Obama she is professional, talented, caring, loving, engaging

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no way

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For me, due to my gen, Jacqueline Kennedy (for her true American dedication, her love of her children, and the cruely she faced during the Onassis years; she never responded negatively), then Mrs Roosevelt, for her love and support of not just her husband but her country, then Mrs Ford (for her honesty).


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Sarah Polk. She was unique in that she was James Polk's Chief of Staff from the time they married until his death. She was also more influential politically than previous First Ladies. She stood by her man!

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Eleanor Roosevelt!!!!

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- Nancy Ragan -
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I agree, next in line for me is the great Eleanor Roosevelt! History tells me that she was a very strong woman.

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I have 3 favorites, Eleanor Roosevelt because of her humanity, Laura Bush because of her Literacy Program and Michelle Obama because of her dedication to making children's health better and her support of soldiers families.
A special shoutout to Ladybird for her Wildflowers program to beautify highways, I still enjoy it today. No doubt these programs will be trashed, one by one, along with NPR, PBS- Making America something Again, definitely not great.
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Michelle recently, Roosevlet and Adams historically, and for impact Lady Bird. Keep America Beautiful. she literally trained our generation not to toss yer stuff out the window, and those thoughts follow thru with recycling etc.
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I have been reading First Women:  The Grace and Power of America's First Ladies by Kate Anderson Brower.

 

If you'd asked me when I was younger, I would have said Jackie Kennedy...hands down.

 

What strikes me is that the modern First Ladies are quite supportive of one another.  It's a club like no other and they all know what it's like to live in that rarified environment where politics, power, elegance, statecraft, society and service all converge.  They actually want to help their successors succeed and keep in touch in a variety of ways.  It's an especially daunting task if the First Ladies' have school age children and those who have raised children in the White House bond rather quickly over their shared experiences.  It's a sorority like no other.  With the possible exception of Nancy Reagan, they make themselves available to one another on a regular basis, exchange cards, letters and phone calls and generally become fast friends over the years of a Presidential term.

 

I was surprised to learn that Jackie had become lifelong friends with Hillary Clinton and was a quiet but enthusiastic supporter.  Overcoming Jackie's star quality was a small issue in the beginning, but Hillary was soon put at ease by her warmth and charm.

 

Another unlikely friendship is that of Laura Bush and Michelle Obama.  Mrs. Bush was already an expert in "all things White House" by the time she arrived to serve as "First Lady."

She had spent many weekends there and at Camp David with the senior Bushes and thoroughly enjoyed her time there.  She'd married into a political family and knew what she was in for as soon as her husband was declared the winner of a hotly contested election.  

 

Michelle Obama, OTOH, did not really want to be there.  She was supportive of Barack but as a modern American woman who had always worked in the profession she'd prepared herself for, she wasn't really ready to give all that up for a frightening unknown.

 

Laura Bush took her under her wing and made herself available for as long as Michelle needed her.  Such a generous act created a lifelong friendship for them and their spouses. There is genuine affection among the two couples.

 

Michelle Obama has redefined the role of First Lady both in the White House and out among the American people.  She came into our lives amid strong criticism...for almost every aspect of her being...then overcame it to become one of the most popular First Ladies in recent history along with Mrs. Bush and Mrs. Clinton.

 

Your question referred to our all-time favorites.  Wow!  That's a tough question.  Eleanor Roosevelt and Abigail Adams are hard to beat!

 

I'm going to have to say it's a tie for me...Laura Bush and Michelle Obama.  They were the epitome of modern First Ladies and I admire each of them for their personal examples of character, grace, intelligence, generosity of spirit, in their roles as wives and mothers and as lovely and gracious representatives of our President and our nation.

 

 

"Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness." ~ Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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@Prosecco6247 wrote:

I have been reading First Women:  The Grace and Power of America's First Ladies by Kate Anderson Brower.

 

Jackie Kennedy

 

Nancy Reagan

 

Hillary Clinton

 

Laura Bush

 

Michelle Obama    

 

Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Abigail Adams  

 

 


 

As my tongue in cheek analysis of Melania Trump so clearly indicates, I pretty much have no use for her as a First Lady........................................or as a person.

 

Any of the First Ladies mentioned in your post are miles upon miles culturally, morally, and honorably above Melania Trump.

 

Michelle Obama was a great First Lady and has the rest of her life to continue her work.

 

But if I had to select one whose entire body of work was taken into account, I'd have to select Eleanor Roosevelt. She served the public before being First Lady and years after being First Lady. She was First Lady in America's most difficult time in its history.

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Eleanor Roosevelt lead the charge for the first ladies.  She wasn't particularily attractive but her internal beauty is eternal.  Michelle Obama was the worst to date as she sucked money from the American people in the pursuit of her own happiness.  To hell with American women that was her charge, make me wealthy and give me what I want.  She is a dirty player.  Discusting.  Melania Trump is doing the best she can and has proven herself in the short time she has been in the White House.  The garbage her husband was left from the Obama era is showning the beginnings of "thorough clean up" by Trump.  The rest will unfold in the years to come and he will be an outstanding President in history.

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Eleanor Roosevelt was a great lady. But you must have suffered some sort of brain damage after you wrote that. I agree that Melania Trump is doing the best she can - for being married to the worst President in history. Your comments about Michelle Obama don’t even make sense.
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Eleanor Roosevelt

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My personal views on a First Lady are, how this Lady can influence whatever she chooses for the good of the country.

I choose Eleanor Roosevelt. I feel that she was probably  ahead of her time and her views are still quite relevant today.

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Melania Trump as she represents the United States so well with how beautiful she is, how accomplished she is with all the languages she can speak which is so impressive.  She dresses so nice and her wardrobe is stunning on her.  She stands behind her husband and believes in him. She is very real tries very hard to represent us well.  I am so impressed by her and am sure she is going to do a lot in the 8 years they are in the White House.  Laura Bush would be my second pick as she was so nice also with all she did and how much she cared.

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@AARPTeri wrote:

 

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?


These don't even come close to my favorite.

 

MY FAVORITE IS MELANIA TRUMP

 

She is the whole package!!!!!

 

Where else would you get a First Lady that:

 

(1) Dropped out of college.

(2) Lied about it and said she was a college graduate.

(3) Illegally worked in the United States

(4) Was a struggling 35 year old that married a billionaire who was over 20 years older than her( kinda reminds you of Anna Nicole Smith).

(5) Wore a $200,000 dress to her wedding.

(6) Plagiarized a speech and delivered it on national television.

(7) Posed for nude photos.

 

Yes, Melania Trump certainly provides an excellent example of character and morals.

 

 

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I think Michele Obma was a terrific first lady, not only because of her work with shcool childrean and the miltary families, but because as the first minority firat lady she was very strong and endured a lot of criticism and racism, even though she was well educated scholar. She was subjected to much more than any other first lady. In terms of a first lady I think she and Eleanor Rosevelt were outstanding fisrt ladies and were very supportive of their husbands. 

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I love and respect Michele Obama. She has a lot of Grace and she is such a lady.

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