: 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. ..
Last edited by polgara; 06-11-15 at 07:23 PM.
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.
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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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?
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.