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    Re: Do We Need a First Lady?

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    Re: Do We Need a First Lady?

    Quote Originally Posted by roughdraft274 View Post
    Oh, I thought spinster meant like an old crazy scientist.
    No. I think it refers to an elderly woman who sits and spins yarn - a task relegated to those women without offspring or a husband back when families were an extended thing. They had no meals to fix and so on.

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    Re: Do We Need a First Lady?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    I believe it's in the Constitution that if the President is a bachelor, a First Lady will be assigned to him by a 2/3 majority of congress.
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    : Odds that such a display of bipartisanship could ever occur are very miniscule; but on the plus side, think of the entertainment value as various candidates are brought forward for consideration. Of course this process would be televised, and polls taken on each candidate, since the MSM would feel that the public had a right to know about their First Lady. Considering that both sides of the aisle would probably have sisters or cousins in mind, we have to think of the resulting lawsuits claiming discrimination by the rest of the female population. The President's term would be over before the preliminary duties for the job were even hammered out - judging by recent congresses - so we would probably have to settle for a robot just to keep everyone happy. ..
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    Re: Do We Need a First Lady?

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    With Senator Lindsey Graham running for the Presidency and being a Bachelor, (not that he has any chance at winning such) this does bring up the question about the need for a First Lady. Who would be the First Lady if the President was a Bachelor. What say ye. Do we need a First


    Sen. Lindsey Graham, a presidential hopeful, is a bachelor. Would he need a first lady? It's a question complicated by shifting views of what a first lady should be.

    To some, the role is more than just ceremonial. To others, choosing china sets and guest lists is a relic of a bygone age.

    Only two presidents were unmarried when taking the oath of office: James Buchanan (D) and Grover Cleveland (D). Of the two, only Buchanan remained single through his presidency. But even he had a woman in his life willing to step in and play the role of White House hostess. Buchanan’s niece, Harriet Lane, became a well-known Washington socialite who, as the White House website highlights, “filled the White House with gaiety and flowers, and guided its social life with enthusiasm and discretion, winning national popularity.”....snip~

    Lindsey Graham interview raises question: Do we need a first lady?
    Maybe we just need a first partner.
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    Re: Do We Need a First Lady?

    Quote Originally Posted by DifferentDrummr View Post
    No. More relevant now, though, is the possibility of Bill Clinton as the "First Gentleman." WTF would he do in THAT role?
    Bill Clinton certainly didn't need a first lady.
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    Re: Do We Need a First Lady?

    Nope. We don't elect the wife (or husband) of the President, they just come along with the deal if they're married. We don't need First Kids or First Pets either, even though they might also be part of the package. I just wish these people would go do something else for four years, I don't need them, nor want them, to be politically active. They were not elected.
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    Re: Do We Need a First Lady?

    Nope. There is no need.
    Is it nice to have a wife/husband while in the White House? I guess. I can see political advantages.


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    Re: Do We Need a First Lady?

    Quote Originally Posted by DifferentDrummr View Post
    No. More relevant now, though, is the possibility of Bill Clinton as the "First Gentleman." WTF would he do in THAT role?
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    Re: Do We Need a First Lady?

    I wonder how feasible it would be for a President's wife to NOT do the First Lady gig. Let's say the wife a new POTUS is a surgeon or a college professor or something and she says, "**** all that pomp and circumstance. I worked my ass off to get to this point in my career. I'm not going to quit just to play a part."

    I wonder how feasible it would be for her to do that. Would the Secret Service Protection just make it impossible?

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    Re: Do We Need a First Lady?

    I don't think it's so much about needing anything as it is about recognizing the contribution of a spouse to one's success personally and otherwise and tapping into the spouse's demonstrated talent.

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