Who Will Be The New First Lady?

Susan Macdonald

In 1972, the Republicans had a campaign button that said "Re-elect Pat First Lady." Now that we are down to five serious candidates, who will be the new First Lady on January 20, 2017?


The position of First Lady is a difficult one. She is not elected to the job, but gains the position because her husband is elected president. She is the official hostess of the White House. She attends ceremonies and state functions both in the USA and abroad. She represents the nation on visits abroad.

"I suppose I could have stayed home, baked cookies and had teas."

Ben Carson's wife, Candy, was criticized by the Root for looking dowdy. Will the new First Lady be a fashion plate of elegance, or someone who doesn't care what she wears in public?

"He wants to run, and I want him to run, but it's not my thing. Politics is not my thing. I'm not going to be the spouse that's at every event, shaking every hand, going to all the Lincoln Day dinners. That was never me. There are spouses who live for this. I wouldn't care if I never did it, other than I am supporting him. "

Half the states and territories haven't had their primaries or caucuses yet, according to Mother Jones, so the election is far from decided yet. Who will be the next First Lady or the first First Gentleman?

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