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September 01, 2008


Great list, Danny.

I have a soft spot for Mamie Eisenhower's hairdo and clothing. She always looked like a Helen Hokinson cartoon.

Michelle will be the best.

omg, you're so right about the Angela Lansbury comparison. What a sinister image! Sometimes I think of Babs as evil, but more often she seems like Prince Philip - Amusingly old-fashioned and out of touch with the lower classes.

Thanks for this informative post! As an expat Canadian I know little about your first ladies prior to Nancy Reagan.

What a wonderful post. I was riveted. The first lady during my lifetime was Lady Bird Johnson. I didn't know some of that stuff about Nancy Reagan. You actually made me like her a little better. Which isn't saying much, since I had almost no respect for her before I read this.

First Lady Edith Wilson

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Hmm....I think I'd put Lady Bird Johnson ahead of Hillary and Jackie. What I admired most about her was the way she did all the things she did so quietly and without self-aggrandizement, yet she knew people and got them to do what she wanted them to do, truly for the good of the nation. I'd put Jackie at second place, but a close second for the same reasons as Lady Bird. I'd move Mrs. Carter and Mrs. Ford to 3rd and 4th.

Paula, not to pretend that my list is anything more than my own stream-of-consciousness ravings, I do feel like Lady Bird merits a higher position. Maybe I was just trying to show how bipartisan I can be (ha!). If my friend Christina, who is currently building a Lady Bird Johnson Memorial Garden in Marshall, Texas, ever sees where I have placed Mrs. Johnson, I fear she'll disown me as a friend. Go, Lady Bird! (But I'd still keep Jackie at #1.)

Another great post. I am of the same era (almost), born in the Johnson administration. My list would be similar, though I'm sure I'd have Nancy Reagan down much farther and I'd like to see Roslyn up higher. What an incredible lady.

I too love Michelle Obama, but was not as impressed by the speech. I think she did a fine job with it, but think she would've done better if she could've just spoken from her heart. I think she was forced to focus her speech that way by those who questioned her patriotism and portrayed her as a black radical. But she is a great lady and it pains me to see the Republican attacks on her.

Hey, on a Wilco note. Did you see the video of Wilco and Fleet Foxes doing "I Shall Be Released"? Incredible.

I think I agree with EVERY WORD you wrote in this post. Are you sure you're not me? Although I'd probably put Rosalyn at the top.
And Barbara Bush - more like the Trojan horse - She seemed so forthright and genuine at first, but the more I read I saw a real mean streak. And look at her kid!

Oy, Danny I love you...your posts are always amazing. I'm so glad you started with Jackie Kennedy. What a class act and amazing mother. She was my mother's role model, when just 3 years later, she would be the one standing with her two children, at my father's graveside. Jackie gave her the strength to stand there and somehow make it through the unthinkable. Thanks for a great post.

I was also intrigued by your order...I think Jackie would be #1 but perhaps Lady bird should be #2. I'm not sure if Hillary did anything positive as First Lady. She tried with health care but gave up too soon. Perhaps she should be further down the list behind Lady Bird who fought for the environment. Rosalyn Carter did her work after his presidency, same for Betty Ford. When I was growing up, it was Mamie who was rumored to be heavily into alcohol too. Forget Pat with her republican wool coat. I would much prefer Michelle to Cindy.

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