The Presidency: The Second Toughest Job

The Second Toughest Job

A First Lady rides the roller coaster of her husband's politics, takes the buffeting of uncontrollable world events and suffers the brickbats of detractors in frustrated silence. She is damned if she tries to influence policy and damned if she doesn't. In some ways, her job is tougher than the President's.

We have been served well in these past years by our First Ladies, each with her own style and goals. John Kennedy acknowledged that his wife could be difficult. Jackie Kennedy sometimes spent too much money, and her moods were mercurial. She loved the power, but hated the fishbowl life,...

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