The 57th quadrennial presidential election is scheduled to have open polls on Tuesday November 6th, 2012. Six presidential candidates’ names will be on the ballot, Barack Obama for the Democratic Party, Mitt Romney for the Republican Party, Gary Johnson for the Libertarian Party, Jill Stein of the Green Party, for the Constitution Party Virgil Goode will be running as well as Rocky Anderson for the Justice Party. Not only are these candidates’ important names to remember for tomorrow, but what will happen after the election? Who will be the right hand man or woman beside the new elected president? Who will be the next First Lady or “First Man”? University of Kentucky student Alexis Cataldo says her opinion on how important First Ladies are. Alexis Cataldo
The very First Lady of the United States of course was Martha Washington, but the title “First Lady” was officially used by no other than Kentucky native Mary Todd Lincoln. The role of the First Lady is the hostess of the White House where she attends and hosts official ceremonies. Throughout the years the First Lady has been labeled as a celebrity, a trendsetter, a political activist, and an American role model … the list goes on. But what makes a good First Lady? Here is a list of what qualities a good First Lady must have or achieve…
- Have prominent publicity about yourself and your spouse. Julia Tyler (1844-1845) was the initial First Lady to have a published photograph.
- Have something published. Eleanor Roosevelt (1933-1945) published six days a week in her newspaper column called “My Day.” She wrote about political issues, current events, and even about her life in her column.
- Promoting a cause or have a philanthropy. Former First Ladies such as Lady Bird Johnson promoted protection for the environment, Betty Ford supported women’s rights, and Nancy Reagan founded the “Just Say No” drug awareness campaign. The
list is endless of what these former First Ladies have done to serve their country for the better.
- Be a fashion icon. One of the first publicized fashion role models of the White House was Jacqueline Kennedy (1961-1963). She hired Oleg Cassini as her stylist for the three years she lived at the White House. “Jackie O” was styled in high-fashion labels such as Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, and many others creating a commercialized look of her own. Today, many First Ladies have their inaugural gowns featured in the Smithsonian Institution. Click the link to the online exhibit: http://americanhistory.si.edu/first-ladies/introduction
- Travel the world. President Truman called Eleanor Roosevelt “First Lady of the World.” It was not because she traveled to exquisite places, but to her human rights achievements such as helping draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and being an activist for the New Deal coalition.
Although these are just some characteristics that a good First Lady should have or achieve, there are many more not listed. Under these qualities who would make a better First Lady, Michelle Obama or Ann Romney?
Michelle Obama has accomplished and achieved numerous goals as being First Lady. She has not only helped her husband in both elections (2008 and 2012), but she has done more than just being the number one supporter of Barack Obama.
Michelle Obama has been featured in a few magazines such as Vanity Fair and Better Homes and Gardens, and TV shows like The View, Ellen DeGeneres and many more. She has published a book this year called American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America. Her book focuses on healthy eating, which is promoting her platform of stopping childhood obesity. She has also created the Lets Move! campaign which gets communities involved in tackling childhood obesity. Michelle Obama has traveled the world meeting Queen Elizabeth II in England, and stepping foot in Haiti, Mexico and many other countries.
In addition, she has been following the trends of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, but in a more budget-friendly way. She has not only wears designer clothes, but she has been seen wearing pieces from Ann Taylor, Black House White Market, J. Crew and many others. She has also been noted to repeat outfits, such as her Thom Browne dress she wore for the Democratic National Convention and to the third installment of the presidential debate. Ann Taylor assistant manager at Lexington Fayette Mall Annie Fisk says “What I love about Michelle Obama is that she shops at places that I work and shop at and that she also reuses pieces in her wardrobe.” Michelle Obama’s style is not all about the designer name, but it is more about how she can relate to the everyday “fashionista.” Here is a video of Ann Taylor Fayette Mall store manager Ashlee Moberly and sales lead Colleen Lauve speaking about Michelle Obama’s style.
Ann Romney has been on Mitt Romney’s side since his 2002 Massachusetts gubernatorial election campaign and the previous 2008 presidential campaign. Now she is his number one supporter for the 2012 presidential campaign. She has been featured in many news outlets not only as Mitt Romney’s wife, but for also being diagnosed for Multiple Sclerosis. She has worked with the Board Member of the New England Chapter of the MS Society as well as helping develop Right To Play, which is a nonprofit organization that gets children in disadvantaged areas of the world to be active in sports. Ann Romney has also helped in organizations such as Partners for Youth with Disabilities, the American Red Cross, the Boston Ten Point Coalition, the Perkins School for the Blind, Women’s Caner Advisory Board of MA General Hospital, and a director of Best Friends organization. She has also won a 2006 Gold Medal and 2005 Silver Medal at the Grand Prix level from the US Dressage Federation. So far, Ann Romney has accomplished a lot of goals and has worked with many organizations as the First Lady of Massachusetts.
Both ladies, Michelle Obama and Ann Romney are over qualified when it comes to this list. Each lady has a chance at becoming the next First Lady depending on her husbands. The 57th quadrennial presidential election is the deciding factor not only on who will be the next President of the United States, but who will be the 45th First Lady.
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