Favorite First Ladies In The White House

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    Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

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    By far in my opinion the most interesting and mysterious First Lady who has ever graced the White House.

    Although I was only in Junior High School when she became First Lady I was awestruck with "Jackie" from the start. Her quiet demeanor impressed me while making me wonder "Who was this woman?" and I wanted to find out the answer to that question with all my being. Her life and her growth from a "shy" and "gentle" soul to a woman of "boldness" and "courage" encourages me to this day to be the best I can be.

    Behind this woman's life was an incredible amount of intrigue, mystery, and boldness that amazed me back then and makes me wish I knew her whole story to this very day. She handled the loss of those she loved, betrayal by those she loved, and even some "shunning" from those she loved with grace and dignity and still managed to live with a confident boldness throughout all the things life brought her way.

    I admired her even when I didn't agree with everything she did.

    Who was your favorite First Lady...and why?
     
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    She was definitely #1 to me.
    I haven't had a very high opinion of most of the other First Ladies who had that role during my lifetime, with the possible exception of Rosalynn Carter- I didn't know much about Mrs. Carter, she just seemed like a nice person.

    Jackie: class, grace, courage, and a quiet dignity.
    I also admired the fact that she lived her life on her own terms, and didn't let anyone push her around.

    A book I found recently has a lot of info in it- it's called "What Jackie Taught Us," and has sections by people who knew her.
     
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    I can remember the "talk" about her when she married Onassis. It was ugly and I never thought she deserved what people were saying. In my opinion she was securing the safety and privacy of her children even if she sacrificed a part of her life in this. That's what mothers do all the time for their children.

    I liked both the Carters. They made me feel "at home" in the White House during their stay there.

    I think Janice that the book you mentioned would be another one I would greatly enjoy reading. :)
     
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    Nancy Reagan and Laura Bush were the best.
     
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    Well @Sheldon Scott what made these First Ladies the best in your opinion?

    I definitely admired the open love, affection, and loyalty Nancy Reagan gave to her husband "Ronnie" in front of the whole world! And how he returned that same love, affection, and loyalty to her. Their marriage was one for a great Novel for sure...at least to me. :)
     
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    :)Not really.
     
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    http://www.firstladies.org/FacinatingFacts.aspx

    Fascinating Facts
    Little-known facts about our First Ladies

    Martha Washington, 1731-1802
    George Washington’s wife was the first to be given the title “lady” by the press, as in “Lady Washington,” and the first wife of a president to appear on U.S. postage stamp.

    Abigail Adams, 1744-1818
    John Adams’ wife urged her husband to “remember the ladies” when he was writing the nation’s Declaration of Independence in 1776. She also was the first woman to be both a president’s wife and the mother of a president, and the first to live in the White House.

    Martha Jefferson, 1748-1782

    No known portrait exists of Thomas Jefferson’s wife, who died 18 years before her husband was elected president. Their daughter Martha Jefferson Randolph served as White House hostess, and was the first to give birth in the presidential mansion in Washington, D.C.
     
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    she had a lot of courage

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    My favorite first lady in Eleanor Roosevelt. She had a lonely upbringing and knew she was less that attractive. Instead of feeling depressed, she decided to focus on others, develop strong friendships, and develop her mind. I believe she truly did want to help people and to do good during her time in the white house.
     
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    I believe she was definitely a wonderful helpmate to her husband.
     
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    I have to go with Jackie.... why? Because she was Jackie.. elegant, sophisticated and somewhat mysterious.. oh... and beautiful.
     
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    Gotta agree with Sheldon. Both Nancy and Laura had a level of class missing from the white house for near 8 years now.
     
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    I like Michelle Obama too... She's elegant and very intelligent... a Harvard Educated lawyer in fact. She has stayed home though to raise her children and be a support system to her husband. I have never heard her do or say anything that was inappropriate.. She is definately a roll model for all young girls.. both Black and White.
     
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    I agree with Ike.
     
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    I like Michelle Obama. She seems to have a nice personality, and seems to be totally devoted to the cause of childhood obesity. She strikes a good balance between being seen but not heard like Laura Bush, and overly assertive like Hillary Clinton. Jackie Kennedy was beautiful and glamorous and all that, but all she really did in the White House other than raise her children was to spend money on fashion and decorating, as far as I can tell. Lord knows who our next first "person" is going to be.
     
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    Betty Ford.

    Before I go into detail, I will mention that I was somewhat "rowdy" in my youth. Disruptive, negative, and rowdy. I have 27 years of sobriety now, and while I look more at my "now," I find it essential to remember my "then."

    So I was in a facility I was not allowed to leave for a while, and while there, I had a teacher who, among other things, brought guest speakers in to inspire us to straighten up. Among those guests were Phyllis Diller, Happy Harriston, and Vidal Sassoon. The last guest for the school year was Betty Ford.

    I had come up with several things I was going to say to heckle her, as heckling was what my "friends" expected of me.

    So we all sat there -- me in the front row, ready with the comments -- and she stepped to the podium and said, "My name is Betty, and if I weren't married to the President, I would be sitting where you are sitting today."

    I never uttered a negative word to or about her.

    After it was over, she hugged each of us -- there were about 15 of us, ranging from about 18 to 48 -- and stuck around awhile to just shoot the breeze.

    While I can't say she was elegant or a great hostess, but I must say she was honest, down to earth, and knew who she was. She also cared about people in trouble.
     
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    It is said that Thomas, overcome by grief at her death, destroyed all of her pictures in a fit of anger.

    It is also notable that Sally Hemings, the slave with whom he allegedly had a long-term affair after Martha's death, was Martha's half-sister, having the same father. It has been written that she had a close resemblance to Martha, which I've always thought may have influenced Thomas in some way.
     
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    I did not know about Thomas destroying all her pictures in his grief and I find that very interesting and also understandable at a time of grief when we often can't think straight.

    There were many slaves that were half siblings to their owner's children...and some owner's did even acknowledge this...although legally it did not make much difference. Since I am a romantic at heart, I am glad that Thomas found love again, I don't believe it was legal for them to marry...but if it would have been he probably would have married Sally.
     
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